Art Beat Miami kicks off during Art Basel Week with a conceptual pop-up gallery at the Caribbean Marketplace. Highlights include Mural Mile, a public art installation spanning Northeast Second Avenue, upcycled garbage bin murals, a creative hackathon for young innovators, and a grande homage to Haitian-American neo-expressionist, Jean-Michel Basquiat.
MIAMI, Fla. – Art Beat Miami is the highly anticipated satellite showcase of emerging and renowned artists from Haiti and around the world made possible through a groundbreaking partnership among local galleries, community and civic arts organizations, including B.ART Studio, Chef Creole Restaurant, Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P), Little Haiti Optimist Club, Arte del Barrio, BKS, Yo Miami, Midtown Studios and Everyday People United.
The festival culminates a movement by multidisciplinary artists working in collaboration to highlight the culturally rich and diverse perspective of local artists and creatives of the Caribbean Diaspora and beyond.
Nestled in the heart of the industrial Northeast Second Avenue corridor, a creative hub situated between Miami’s Iron Side and Design districts, Art Beat Miami will feature emerging and renowned artists, painters, craftspeople, and sculptors; art exhibits, murals, and a showcase of performers, musicians, DJs and folklore.
It’s evident that a new beat is drumming in the historic heritage district, and for three days, the Little Haiti Cultural Center and Northeast Second Avenue corridor will converge for a one-of-a-kind experience celebrating expression, music, and food inspired by the people and culture of Haiti.
In homage to neo-expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat, a public shrine and mural will be dedicated to celebrate his origins as a native son of Haiti during Thursday night’s Opening Ceremony.
The the pulse of Art Beat will continue in the Caribbean Marketplace, which will be transformed into a pop-up art gallery , where headlining artists, including painter Jude Papaloko and sculptor, James Mastin will host exhibitions.
The inaugural transmedia fete de arte also presents, Mural Mile, a large-scale, public, street art installation, spanning 20-buildings (along NE 2nd Avenue from 54th Street to 62nd Street and NE/NW 54th Street from NE 2nd Avenue to NW 6th Avenue) featuring the work of muralists, including Juan Rozas, Tatiana Suarez, Tesoro Carolina, Nate Dee, Matt Adnate, Eduardo Mendieta, Natalia Molina and more.
The Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P) will also debut the product of its community revitalization project “Pretty in Little Haiti.” This innovative initiative repurposes oil drums into beautiful works of art that also act as garbage bins. This project, which was funded by the Awesome Foundation, addresses both the need for garbage bins in the area while also showcasing and promoting Haitian art painted by local muralist Serge Toussaint.
With much anticipation, the festival launches with an opening ceremony on Thursday, December 4th from 6:00 PM-9:00PM at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, and the Caribbean Marketplace Pop-up Gallery will open daily from 11:00AM until 9:00PM with musical performances, LIVE art, conversations with artists and food.
Friday, December 5th will feature a youth-centered art day where local innovators of all ages are invited to participate in a free design workshop. The Everyday People United social design collective will present the New Eden Movement Youth Design Studio, an interactive panel where participants will learn about the influence of culture on technology, innovation and art, with guest teachers leading mini workshops in graphic design from 4:00PM-5:30PM.
The fun continues at the Conversations With series which offers a unique opportunity to share in the world and inspiration of exhibiting muralists and artists from 6:00 PM-8:00PM at the Caribbean Marketplace Pop-Up Gallery, topped off with an authentically Haitian happy hour hosted at the Chef Creole Restaurant Tiki Hut (200 NW 54th Street).
Art Beat will close with a day of celebration on Saturday, December 6th including a Celebrity Brunch hosted by beloved chef and restaurateur, Wilkinson “Chef Creole” Sejour and a lively evening reception.
This is how Little Haiti does Basel.
For your convenience, the Art Basel Miami Week trolley loop will extend its route to Art Beat. The route starts in Midtown and will offer free transportation between the Design District and Little Haiti.
Entry to Art Beat Miami is free and open to the public, and tickets to the Celebrity Brunch with Chef Creole and Friends are $25.