Miami is an art lover’s playground where you can you can explore the diverse societies that make up the African diaspora: African American, Caribbean, Latin American, and African cultures. So if you want to take in some art while exploring the diverse neighborhoods that make up Miami, check out a few of the sights and events below:
(Frank Benson, Juliana, 2014-2015, Rubell Family Collection, Miami. Image: miamiandbeaches.com)
The Little Haiti Cultural Complex, maintains a 9,000 square feet market featuring art, crafts, food, and entertainment. The facility also serves as a space for artists to display a collection of their artwork. It also offers a workshop training series for local minority small business owners. And the surrounding area also hosts “Sounds of Little Haiti,” a free outdoor concert to celebrate Haitian culture which takes place every third Friday night.
The Haitian Heritage Museum is committed to preserving and showcasing Haitian art, literary works, music, and artifacts.
The Art of Black Miami celebrates local artists by providing a series of art talks and exhibitions for them to get the spotlight. On top of visiting art displays and attending talks on culture and diversity, Miami has a variety of multicultural neighborhoods that are worthy of a visit such as :
- The Historic Overtown – Once known as the black Wall Street, this area features a historic theatre, colorful murals of African American icons, the Black Police Precinct and Museum which showcases historical memorabilia of the first black police officers in the City of Miami, and more.
- Little Haiti – Area hot spots include Little Haiti cultural center, restaurants featuring traditional Haitian food, and series of live music events and classes.
- Little Havana – From Cuban specialty foods and cigar shops to Cuban arts and culture, the area is known as a cultural museum.
- Coconut Grove – For a Bohemian vibe, you can set sail on Biscayne Bay, stroll through the historic village west neighborhood, and then treat yourself to dinner at a sidewalk cafe
Art Beat Miami -is another cultural explosion of Miami art exhibits, culture, food, and music. You can also check out a list of Miami’s top artists here.
African Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival of Florida – a celebratory event honoring a diverse lineup of groups representing the Caribbean, United States, and Africa, and the legacy of cultural leaders.