DWNTWN Art Days has managed to regroup after Hurricane Irma shut it down in September. The annual event that brings together downtown Miami’s cultural institutions for a three-day arts extravaganza will go on this weekend with most of the original participating organizations. (The Arsht Center, however, decided against reorganizing a do over for its mammoth ArtsLaunch event.)
Alyce Robertson, Executive Director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority, says the event is a great way to get acquainted with what local arts groups have going on for the upcoming season. “We encourage everyone to participate in this celebration of the city’s thriving arts and cultural scene,” she said. “South Florida today is fertile ground for some of the most dynamic arts and cultural institutions in the country – with Downtown as its ground zero.”
Here are a few highlights from this year’s sixth annual DWNTWN Art Days.
1. The Hub
The historic Miami Center for Architecture and Design Building is your first stop for Art Days so you can chat with Art Days staff to plan your itinerary and find the best routes to travel to each venue. Also, check out their latest exhibition and take a drawing class. During Let’s Design a Sidewalk, kids can come in and create a mosaic for a downtown sidewalk using foam square tiles. They’ll be put together to create one finished product and when the display is dismantled kids can take their piece home.
2. The Fringe
If you want to have a memorable, once in a lifetime experience during DWNTWN Art Days, best to make time for the temporary, site-determined projects presented at various public spaces by Fringe Projects. Check out an exhibition about the 2008 financial crash inside the historic Alfred I. Dupont Building’s Moray’s Jewelers called Reversal of Fortune by Hew Locke. They’ll even activate the vault as part of the installation. Or experience the brightly colored flag hanging from the flagpole at the Southeast Financial Center designed by Miami-based collective R&R Studios (pictured above). Finally, the modified pay phone being installed by the Milwaukee-based artist collaborative American Fantasy Classics called Hex Link should attract plenty of attention. It’s programmed to ring at certain intervals, prompting passersby to answer and listen to a pre-recorded program with Q&A prompts, similar to a call center phone call.
Reversal of Fortune is on display at the Alfred I. duPont Building, 169 E. Flagler St., Miami
1-3 p.m. Friday through Sunday from The Hub at the Miami Center for Architecture & Design, 100 NE First Ave, Miami.
Spend the day celebrating the rich culture and heritage of Mexico during the Free Family Fun Day: ¡Viva Mexico! Enjoy live interactive performances by the Ameyal Mexican Cultural Organization including music and dance ensembles. Listen to storytelling, see a Day of the Dead exhibition and participate in arts and crafts activities.
Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; free
4. MDC Live Arts Lab
Kick off Art Days weekend with the MDC Live Arts Lab Alliance and their LALA Live presentation Pizza & Process. Spend time exploring their studios, works-in progress and learning about their creative process. LALA artists Rosie Herrera, Jurj Kojs, Claudio Marcotulli, Ana Mendez, Adele Myers and Pioneer Winter will host an open discussion and demonstrate the techniques they use to develop their new work.
5. IF YOU GO:
What: DWNTWN Art Days
When: Friday, Oct. 13-Sunday, Oct. 15
Where: various venues throughout downtown Miami; The Hub is located at Miami Center for Architecture and Design, 100 NE 1 Ave., Miami
Cost: Most events are free
Info: entire schedule dwntwnarts.com