Inaugural Art Beat Festival Brings Basel Atmosphere to Downtown Little Haiti

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. – It is with tremendous enthusiasm that the Downtown Little Haiti Community announces Art Beat Miami, the much anticipated satellite showcase of emerging and renowned artists from Haiti and around the world.

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.

At its pulse, the Caribbean Marketplace 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, Tesoro Carolina, Nate Dee, Matt Adnate, Eduardo Mendiata, and Natalia Molina.

The North East 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.

The festival launches with an opening ceremony on Thursday, December 4th from 6:00-9:00pm 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 the 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 creative hackathon. The Everyday People United social design collective will host an interactive panel to teach youth about the influence of culture on technology, innovation and art. Guest teachers will lead mini workshops in social innovation, graphic design, applied technology, and storytelling during The New Eden Movement workshop from 4-5:30 PM. Festival-goers will also have an opportunity to meet with muralists and artists at the authentically Haitian happy hour hosted at Chef Creole Restaurant from 6:00-8:00pm at 200 NW 54th Street. Art Beat will close with a day of celebration on Saturday, December 6th including a Celebrity Brunch catered by beloved chef and restaurateur, Chef Creole and an evening reception.

The Art Basel Miami Week Trolley loop will be extended to access Art Beat. The route starts in Midtown and will offer free transportation between the Design District and Little Haiti.

In a groundbreaking partnership, Art Beat Miami is made possible thanks to the support of community organizations, including B.ART Studio, Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P), Little Haiti Optimist Club, Chef Creole Restaurant, Arte de Barrio, BKS, Yo-Space, Midtown Studios and Everyday People United.

Entry to Art Beat is free and open to the public.

For more information or to inquire about artist interviews, please contact Amanda Rodrigues Smith at info@artbeatmiami.com.

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