Sanford Biggers | Art of Black Miami 2018
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) celebrates its 5th Annual GMCVB Art of Black Miami initiatives, touting the bureau’s five years of highlighting arts, culture and diversity in Miami and the Beaches.
Due to the success of the Bureau’s campaign in providing a unique cultural experience for visitors, the 2018 initiatives have expanded to new neighborhoods including North Miami and the Miami River area.
The GMCVB’s Multicultural Tourism Development Department, Art of Black Miami is a marketing platform and destination driver that showcases the diversity of the visual arts locally, nationally and internationally, celebrating the black diaspora.
This initiative highlights the artistic cultural landscape found in Miami’s heritage neighborhoods and communities year-round throughout Greater Miami and the Beaches.
“The GMCVB is committed to the Art of Black Miami marketing platform because it promotes the creative influences of the African Diaspora, Caribbean influences, Latin Americans and global artists who contribute to the fabric of Miami’s diverse artistic community,” said GMCVB President & CEO, William D. Talbert, III, CDME.
“In celebration of the 5th year Anniversary of this program spearheaded by our Multicultural Tourism & Development Department, we have committed more resources and will engage in strategic planning to ensure Art of Black Miami continues to grow in depth and reach to attract visitors seeking art and cultural experiences.”
During Miami Art week, events are activated and rolled out through curated art initiatives organized by art organizations, galleries and spaces in neighborhoods including Historic Overtown, Little Haiti, Little Havana, North Miami, Miami River, Downtown Miami, Miami Beach and other surrounding neighborhoods.
Art of Black Miami activations offer a unique appeal and cultural aesthetic represented in the artist-run exhibitions, fairs and performances.
“The Art of Black Miami collaborative involving Miami’s diverse community shines a spotlight on aspiring and renowned artists, exhibits and activations found throughout Greater Miami’s diverse, mosaic communities that sometimes may not get elevated exposure; with hundreds of artworks including original paintings, limited editions, sculptures, photography and performers presenting their work, it is the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s mission through Art of Black Miami to showcase these Multicultural Jewels during Arts & Heritage month but also year round,” says Connie W. Kinnard, VP of Multicultural Tourism & Development.
A private kick-off will be held on November 8, 2018 at the newly minted Brightline Miami Central Station in historic Downtown Miami with special guest artist, Sanford Biggers.
The event serves as a precursor to highly anticipated Art of Black Miami supported activations taking place during Art Basel Miami Beach- December 6-9, 2018- and serves to also highlight its 2019 program.
Sanford Biggers is a celebrated multi-disciplinary artist, musician and global instigator; he will share perspectives on his work including works that will be shown at local Miami Beach David Castillo Gallery as well as works that will be included at Art Basel Miami Beach.