While thousands prepare to converge on South Beach for Art Basel – which has long been criticized for its lack of diversity – several local Black-owned galleries and Black curators will shine a light on art from the African diaspora in respective exhibitions, while the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau will leverage its “Art of Black Miami” programming and marketing platform to generate foot traffic and drive economic spending in Black neighborhoods where these art shows and events will run.
“The message that we’re sending is that Miami is certainly a place for arts and culture,” said Petra Brennan, GMCVB’s director of tourism business enhancement. “Some people may have an ideology that maybe art is not for them but this ‘Art of Black Miami’ is an experience. There are art shows, art talks, performances, culinary experiences, digital performances and films.”
Unlike Miami Beach’s Basel, though, participating artists won’t all have their work displayed under one roof.
Art of Transformation
“Dancing with the Universe” by Adama Delphine Fawud.
(Courtesy of Ten North Group)
Opa-locka’s Ten North Group will host an eight-day, two-block art event with six exhibitions, performances, panel discussions, sculptures, workshops, banned book readings and a film screening on grief, colonialism and gender. Focusing on cultural displacement, this year’s programming spotlights artists from the African diaspora and Puerto Rico.
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