A guide to all things Caribbean art for this year’s Art Basel festival

Art Basel is far more than the glitzy gallery parties dotting Miami Beach. It’s also a great chance to explore exciting work from artists across the Caribbean and the Diaspora. Both family friendly and broad in scope, these events show that art appreciation is for all, regardless of ticket price.

Art Beat Miami

Little Haiti Cultural Center

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December 1-6

Presented by Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P), Art Beat Miami is a week-long celebration of local and international artists, with a strong Caribbean flair. Check out the Little Haiti Mural Project, featuring mural curated by Yo Miami. Then there’s the daily art fair open from noon to 8 pm, which, in addition to the exhibit, will also include steel drum, jazz and roots music from local performers. And on Wednesday, December 2, the fair will host an intimate conversation session with legendary Haitian artist, Edouard Duval-Carrie.

“What’s INSIDE HER never dies” Exhibit

Yeelen Gallery

December 2-6

Jamaican gallery founder Karla Ferguson is celebrating three years of Yeelen Gallery with this special exhibit celebrates the legacy and influence of the Black Woman, featuring a compelling body of work from artist/activists. The event kicks off December 2nd with a panel featuring filmmaker Numa Perrier and moderated by Michelle Papillion. And on December 3rd, six prominent activist women will gather to discuss police racial profiling and violence, including Sybrina Fulton and Kadiatou Diallo – both mothers of late Trayvon Martin and Amadou Diallo.

Company Dance Theater Showcase

Miramar Cultural Center-Artspark

December 5th

The Company Dance Theatre, Jamaica’s leading modern dance company, will be showcasing its latest production, “The Rising!” under the company’s Artistic Director Tony Wilson, for this special one night only performance. Consul General of Jamaica Franz Hall and Miss Jamaica World 2005 Terri-Karelle Reid will also be hosting this special event.