Little Haiti once again becomes the heartbeat of all things art and Caribbean during the 2017 Art Basel season. Art Beat Miami is the must attend conceptual pop-up event taking place at the Caribbean Marketplace from December 6 to 10. Art BeatMiami is a collaboration of local galleries, businesses, community and civic arts organizations which includes The Little Haiti Optimist Club, the Northeast Second Avenue Project (NE2P), MJ Diversity Consulting Group and Chefs of the Caribbean.
From the Little Haiti Cultural Center and stretching the length of the NE 2nd Avenue corridor, the 2017 season again features the critically acclaimed Mural Mile public art walk, showcasing a collection of murals draped across 20 buildings. This world-famous walk of art exhibits murals on buildings by some of the best muralists South Florida has to offer.
Partnership with Haiti
Art Beat Miami is partnering with Haiti’s Minister of Culture and Communication, who is sponsoring their visiting artists exhibiting at this year’s Art Basel/Miami Art Week: Francois Hazel, Levoy Exil, Payas and Valerie Noisette.
The wealth of offerings at Art Beat Miami has something for everyone. The event features a cornucopia of art curated by Pulitzer Prize Winning Photojournalist, Carl Juste, gathered from artists, painters, sculptors and craftspeople from around the world, all with a unique strain of Caribbean DNA.
Featured are the art works of such celebrity notables like Slip and Slide Records’ Ted Lucas; lead vocalist and guitarist Roberto Martino of famed Kompa band T-Vice; Theo of the Kompa band Kreyol LA; Haitian-American novelist and short story writer Edwidge Danticat; the reigning queen of Haitian music, and one of the premier Haitian song writers of her generation, Emeline Michel; musician and co-founder of the dynamic Haitian duo Harmonik, Mac D; and Grammy nominated Blues and R&B artist and painter Valerie Woods.
Art beyond musicians and other celebrity artists features the great works of Master Haitian Artist, Painter and Co-Founder of the Cinq Soleil, Levoy Exil; Trinidadian born artist to the stars, Stuart McClean; Haitian sculptor, painter and jewelry designer, Fabrice Benjamin Cospolite.
Part of the artist proceeds and 100 percent of the celebrity artist proceeds will benefit Hurricane relief efforts. For a list of all participating artists: http://artbeatmiami.com/artists/
Spice it Up
Art Beat Miami highlights two days of the Art of Food with Spice It Up! Miami on Friday and Chefs of the Caribbean Celebrity Brunch on Saturday honoring world renowned Spanish-American James Beard Award Chef, Jose Andres, best known for bringing the small plate dining concept to America. Chef Andres is the guest of honor; he recently, with his team, served over 3 million hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico and has worked in Haiti and other countries. He will be presented with an award commissioned by the Little Haiti Optimist Club from renowned national artist CJ Latimore, as well as proclamations and special recognition from the City of Miami Commissioner, Keon Hardemon and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime.
What’s on the Art Beat Miami?
Ø Wednesday, Dec. 6th – Preview Party | Caribbean Marketplace – 5925 NE 2nd Ave 7PM – 10PM.
The Beat kicks off with an opening night mingle, with music, art, food and fun. More info – call:
305-492-7868|email: [email protected]|visit: www.artbeatmiami.com
Wednesday, Dec. 7th – Sunday, Dec. 10th – Little Haiti Mural Art Project | 8PM – Noon. Painting murals throughout the corridors of Little Haiti by local muralists.
Ø Thursday, Dec. 8th – Sunday, Dec. 10th – Art Beat Miami Art Fair | Noon – 8PM.
Free art fair, daily showcasing emerging, local and international artists and celebrities.
Ø Friday, Dec 8th – Spice it Up! Miami | Caribbean Marketplace – 5925 NE 2nd Ave 7PM – 10PM. Celebrity Chefs and restaurants show you how to create appetizing bites and mix tropical drinks featuring: Chef Malcolm Prude of Southern Spice, Chef Alejandro of Ales Paella, vegan Chef, Drigo the Culinary Alchemist, Chef Jenny Risonne of Pastry Is Art and Brand Ambassador/Mixologist Michael Ring of Coopers Craft. Learn to dance salsa, reggae, kompas, network the night away and so much more. $65 More info: 305-492-7868 RSVP for tickets: www.spiceitupmiami.eventbrite.com