On Friday (June 3) the local art scene takes focus on Hialeah for it’s unique art walk.
The PAMM Inside|Out Hialeah Artwalk at the Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment brings high-quality reproductions of art from the Perez Art Museum’s permanent collection to the Hialeah community. The program kicked off in the communities of Hialeah, Homestead and West End. The reproductions were first featured at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino. For the second rotation, they will be on display at Milander Center.
The event will feature food trucks and live music, too, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and is open to the public.
Miami is the fourth city to host Inside|Out, a program conceived by the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2010. It proved so successful in Detroit, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is providing $2 million over three years to expand Inside|Out to communities across the country, including Philadelphia and Akron, Ohio.
The Art Walk is the latest example of Hialeah’s push to increase arts and culture, an effort many have not encountered yet. In fact, there are plenty of hidden gems in Hialeah, some related to art, some not so much, that you may not know about. Until now.
1. Garden of the Arts
This cultural / passive park at 1850 W. 76th Street contains paved walking trails, historic murals, monuments, an amphitheater, and more. Consider it Hialeah’s very own open-air museum, a place for inspiration and creativity.
A place for artists to express their creativity and love for their city, the Leah Arts District is located along the 1500 block of East 10th Avenue. An emerging art scene in Miami, the district offers local artists affordable live/work spaces while promoting art and culture within the City of Hialeah not only with visual art but with theatre and music as well.
3. Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment
Located at 4800 Palm Avenue, the center is used widely for meetings, banquets, events, and performances from groups of people from all over Hialeah. This newly renovated landmark features an amphitheater, sky roof terrace, and garden plaza room. The venue is also a center for art galleries, of different sizes, different styles and covering different topics. Past exhibits included CLIMA, covering sea level rise; Black History Month, in partnership with The Miami Urban Contemporary Experience; and Women’s History Month, in partnership with The Miami Urban Contemporary Experience and the Celia Cruz Legacy Project.
4. Franky’s Deli Warehouse
A true hidden gem, no one finds this place unless you already know where it is. (Hint: 2596 W. 84th Street). Franky’s is a delicious deli where the amount of options you have to choose from are as bountiful as the local celebrities who eat here, including Flo-Rida and Billie Blue.
5. Ricky’s Records
After opening its doors 49 years ago, Ricky’s Records (4040 Palm Avenue) still specializes in selling all things music, from old-school vinyl records to karaoke machines.