In The Press

Highschool Student with Visual Impairment Raises $280K to Fund the Arts

Miami Community Newspaper

March 29, 2021|Featuring Daniel Solomon, Executive & Artistic Director

“We could not afford it,” Daniel Solomon, 17, who is a junior at Miami Palmetto Senior High School said. “I saw everything as if for the first time. The instruments were broken and decayed. Our teacher was part-time. These were not the signs of a thriving program.”From that day forward, Daniel has focused on music and advocacy for inclusive musical arts programming in Pinecrest’s public schools…”

Pinecrest City Music Project Holds First In-Person ArtsFest

The Palmetto Panther

March 24, 2021|Featuring Pinecrest City Music Project

“I first started the Pinecrest City Music Project back in 2018 as a way to unify the public school musical arts programs within the Miami-Palmetto theatre pattern, and with that, many of the primary tenants of why we started PCMP are very prevalent today in ArtsFest,” Solomon said. “In creating the ArtsFest, I think we really encompassed why it is that we do what we do and why the arts are so important...”

Miami student artists, musicians to showcase their work at Pinecrest Gardens

The Miami Herald

March 17, 2021|Featuring Pinecrest City Music Project

“Student musicians and artists will showcase their work Saturday at the inaugural 2021 South Dade Schools ArtsFest. The program will feature live performances from students at the University of Miami, Florida International University, and Miami Dade College, while high school students will perform online through big screens, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines...”

Art and Music to be featured at Miami-Dade ArtsFest in Pinecrest Gardens

Miami Community Newspaper

March 15, 2021|Featuring Pinecrest City Music Project

“That’s been the single most challenging part of COVID,” he says. “Music and the arts are not like an academic arts. In the arts, your satisfaction is sharing your work with the community, and making them happy.”Solomon says the Arts/Fest will not only showcase student’s work and build their confidence, but will work to repair a community that has been shattered due to COVID…”

The History Behind Black History Month

The Palmetto Panther

February 21, 2021|Featuring Brighton Brown, Special Projects Director

“I think that education on Black history, or any minority history, in America, is overlooked… and so I think it has to be our job to seek out that knowledge, instead of just sitting back and expecting it to be taught to us, because it’s not going to be taught to us,” Palmetto junior and African Heritage Club member Brighton Brown said.

Art in the park: Student showcase coming in March

ABC News Miami

February 15, 2021|Featuring Pinecrest City Music Project

“The Pinecrest City Music Project, a nonprofit that funds and runs public school music programs in South Miami-Dade County, is hosting the 2021 South Dade Schools ArtsFest. The one-day event takes place March 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Pinecrest Gardens.ArtsFest highlights the music and visual arts programs in Miami-Dade public schools. It will feature jazz, orchestral and band groups, while showcasing student art, such as photography and fashion design throughout the 20-acre cultural arts park...”

Pinecrest City Music Project to Host 2021 South Dade Schools ArtsFest

Miami Community Newspaper

February 3, 2021|Featuring Pinecrest City Music Project

“At the Banyan Bowl, an open-air, acoustically dynamic amphitheater, dramatic and poetry performances will be projected on a screen. Guests will also have an opportunity to purchase lunch, snack, and dessert offerings from a variety of Miami-based mobile dining and food truck vendors. In compliance with Covid guidelines set forth by the Village of Pinecrest and Miami-Dade County, attendees will matriculate via one-way paths throughout the gardens…”

PCMP’S Fourth Annual Music @ The Gardens Concert

The Palmetto Panther

December 21, 2020|Featuring Pinecrest City Music Project

“In the local public school theater pattern I have seen first hand the lack of funding and resources allocated towards traditional musical arts programs,” Solomon said. “In combating this lack of funding and lack of resource, PCMP really aims to harness the immense arts talent found in our local public schools while instilling the core values of the musical arts...”

4th Annual Music @ The Gardens Concert

Macaroni Kid

December 7, 2020|Featuring Pinecrest City Music Project

“Pinecrest City Music Project (PCMP) is hosting its 2020 4th Annual Music @ the Gardens event. The concert will showcase MDCPS public school students’ musical talents and learning gains through Disney musical compositions on the big screen…”

Music for Your Ears

Miami Community Newspaper

May 13, 2019|Featuring Luke Yang, Associate Finance Director

“The young pianist’s music cadence soothed the audience’s ears with a robust pirouette of flowing notes, counterpoint, impromptus and waltzes. A dialogue was initiated between the pianist and listeners that sparks images of nature and the cosmos. Luke Yang began his classical music career at age five with the encouragement of his parents. When asked why Chopin is so inspiring, he replied, “His musical compositions are so elegant and free,” Yang said...”

Musician Mentor Has Unique Way of Seeing the World

NBC News Miami

January 18, 2019|Featuring Daniel Solomon, Executive & Artistic Director

“The advanced orchestra at Palmetto Senior High School in Pinecrest Village doesn’t usually accept freshmen, but the band director made an exception for the exceptional redheaded violin player, Daniel Solomon. “I think of myself as an advocate for people with disabilities,” Daniel said. You have to look carefully to realize the boy with the thick glasses is legally blind. Daniel is the freshman class treasurer, always busy, always finding ways to navigate the challenges of high school…”

Student turns school’s struggles into success with concert

Miami Community Newspaper

March 7, 2018|Featuring Daniel Solomon, Executive & Artistic Director

“I thought to myself, ‘how could I help my music program? This is my family, how can I help them?’” Recounts Soloman, “And so I decided to have a fundraising concert here at Pinecrest Gardens.”Naming it “Music at the Gardens,” Soloman didn’t believe the concert would raise much money, maybe just enough to fund some repairs. But to his amazement, community members showed up in droves to watch Soloman and other middle school musicians perform at the Banyan Bowl…”