This past Friday I joined to kick off the newest addition to our neighborhood, Miami Downtown Arts District (MDAD) at an event hosted at the astonishing McCormick Place. The evening kicked off with an official Proclamation from the Office of the Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and concluded with a performance by the Florida Grand Opera. Throughout the evening we toured McMormick Place, a onetime warehouse repurposed as a hub for artists, events and exhibitions. Outside Bombay Sapphire hosted a VIP lounge with live music and Miami’s favorite food trucks. People of all ages and professions joined to help accelerate the arts movement.
The event also kicked off the third annual DWNTWN Art Days which showcased almost 170 events around Downtown in art galleries and cultural institutions, including bike and walking tours and family-centric programming.
MDAD is a non-profit organization that serves cultural institutions. Galleries, local artists and studios; as well as businesses, event venues, and restaurants that showcase both local and international artists will all benefit from MDAD. As a part of the new organization, MDAD will work in unison with community leaders and the Miami Downtown Development Authority initiatives to develop Downtown Miami as the cultural epicenter of the Americas. The boundaries for the district will be YoungArts on Biscayne Boulevard and 21st Street to the north, I-95 to the west, 26th Road to the South, and Biscayne Bay to the East.
MDAD aims to unify the Downtown and Brickell Arts District by providing a variety of programs that allow the community to explore the arts district, such as First Friday Downtown Art Night, or provide exposure to smaller independent events through a variety of membership support services. With the draw of Art Basel and the continued growth of the Wynwood Art community, the expansion of arts into Downtown and Brickell will fortify Miami as a cultural leader in the Americas.
I encourage all of you to check out to like MDAD on Facebook to stay in tune to their events. As our City continues to grow, and mature, through culture, innovation and technology, its important to support these initiatives. It’s a great time to be in Miami – I can’t wait to see what’s next!
MDADly Artsy Kisses,