Downtown Miami is set to experience an arts takeover Sept. 9-11 when Downtown Art Days hits the area once again. For three days, 22 venues – artistic and not – will host events of all kinds. You can attend a poetry slam, mini-plays and films and a Recycled Art Fair, contribute to a live mural painting, learn about cutting edge science and the environment and take walk and bike tours through historic neighborhoods. You can even design your own t-shirt at the main info hub for the event, Miami Center for Architecture & Design located at 100 NE First Avenue.
Definitely check out the entire line-up on their site downtownartdays.com and take a look at the events we are especially excited about. Events are free unless otherwise noted:
Frost Science @ Miami Science Barge: Drift Card Project
How about this for innovative? Climb aboard a floating marine laboratory and public environmental education center to create a one-time only drift card. Combining the worlds of art and science, during this event attendees create artwork on a drift card that will eventually be deployed into the ocean. It’s in an effort to aid scientists understand how ocean currents distribute debris into Biscayne Bay.
Noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 10, 1075 Biscayne Blvd.
The guys who head up Obsolete Media Miami, an alternative art project that blends traditional and experimental films, will screen 16mm films on the historic Olympia Theater stage. They will showcase a host of films by filmmakers who repurposed commercial cinema to create new, never before seen movies. Because they are screened on the stage, it makes for a micro cinema setting. This could be a fun lunchtime outing.
12:30-1:30 p.m. Sept. 9; 2-4 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11, 174 E. Flagler St.
Recycled Art Fair and Poetry Slam
At one of Downtown Miami’s newest event venues and work space for creatives, Mind Warehouse, the idea is to make people think by hosting a few conscientious events. At the Recycled Art Fair there will be inter-generational art, recycled art and line art on display. You can also enjoy music and nibbles. At the Poetry Slam hosted by Jonathan Rose, program director at Books & Books in Coral Gables, members of the South Florida Writers Association leave a piece of themselves on stage, reading from their original works.
Art Fair is 10 a.m to 7 p.m. Sept. 9 and 5-9 p.m. Sept. 10 and cost is $5 for adults and $2 for kids ages 4 and up. Poetry Slam is 2-5 p.m. Sept. 10. 111 NE First St., 8th Floor.
Walking and Bike Tours
You can’t host an event in Downtown Miami without including Dade Heritage Trust, the pioneers of preservation in the area. After all, many of our historic buildings are art unto themselves. You can choose from tours along Brickell Avenue, around Downtown Miami and even venture out to Coconut Grove to see Miami’s first artist colony. Walk from Dade Heritage Trust to the Miami Circle discovering the architecture, environment and culture of the Brickell neighborhood. Delve deeper into the Miami Circle’s history and the Tequesta Indians while walking along the Miami River and Biscayne Bay on the Downtown Tour. And in the Grove, bike through the Bohemian streets and learn about the thriving artists’ colony of the past.
10 a.m. to noon Sept. 10 , Brickell Avenue tour meet at 190 SE 12th Terr.; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 11, Grove Bike tour meet at 190 SE 12th Terr.; noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 11 Downtown walking tour meet at 101 W. Flagler St.
“We ART Miami” Cityscape Mural
Plan to head to South Beach during these three days and want to channel your artistic spirit? Then make a stop at the Miami Children’s Museum along MacArthur Causeway to partake in the creating of the We ART Miami Cityscape Mural. OK so this isn’t exactly in Downtown but it is close enough. That’s where you can create a personal piece of artwork to add to the ever-expanding mural about our very own Magic City.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 9-11, 980 MacArthur Cswy.
The highlight of the Arsht Center’s annual kickoff to the season is getting your hands on tickets the Miami City Ballet, “Jersey Boys,” “Annie” and other great shows with no handling fees, but the day-long festival has a packed itinerary of cultural, culinary and community events. Meet with local arts groups for an arts talk, enjoy dance workshops, adopt a pet, get sneak previews of upcoming shows, watch cooking demos with Brava chef Brad Kilgore, party at the Silent Disco and meet authors at Books & Books Cafe.
9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 10, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami