Think you have to wait until December to get your art on in Miami? Think again!
The fourth annual Art Days in Downtown Miami kicks off this Friday, September 11th and signals the beginning of Miami’s art season. Coordinated by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, the 2015 Art Days weekend will feature over 60 events in downtown Miami’s most iconic venues.
To help you coordinate your Art Days weekend, the Schwartz Media team has pulled our top events into a sample schedule and included a few tips!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th
5:00 – 8:00pm Capture: Miami Now Photography Exhibit at Miami International University of Art and Design
With so much growth happening today in and around downtown, it should be very cool to compare the changes five years from now via this ongoing photography project. – Allie Grant
8:00 – 9:00pm Conscience Under Fire at Teatro Prometeo
Out of all of the performances and exhibits that are open during Art Days, I’m most excited for Conscious Under Fire at the Teatro Prometeo. Here we have an interesting combination of spoken word poetry, my favorite genre of the art, and local war veterans. Not only is the performance going to be a comedy, but I have a chance to support our local vets. – Sally Salado
9:00-10:00pm Caprichos de Dali-Goya at Centro Cultural Español – CCEMiami
Considering that there’s a ton of events to choose from during Art Days, it was pretty tough to narrow it down to one. There’s definitely a handful that I would love to attend! Caprichos de Dali-Goya exhibit, and The Diorama Project; but one event I definitely want to check out is Under the Bridge Downtown. The reasons are simple: art, food, DJ. Trendy tunes, hipsters and outdoor art installations always make for good ambiance. I’m definitely looking forward to experiencing how Miami’s vibrant culture is expressed at this event.
– Sofia Calvo
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th
10:00 – 12:00pm Sketch MIA at Miami Center for Architecture and Design (MCAD)
I’m looking forward to all of the interactive art experiences, especially SketchMIA. A tour of downtown Miami’s historic architecture, it will be interesting to see this city and it’s beauty through the eyes of an artist and learn some sketching techniques too. I don’t have an artistic bone in my body, but I’m always game for learning something new. – Holly Zawyer
12:00 – 4:00pm GOGO MOAD (PLUS First Draft: Sticky Fingers Edition) at the Freedom Tower at Miami-Dade College
Nothing is better than hands-on art that will entertain my children for three hours and GOGO MOAD promises to do just that. The kids will learn about design, create sculptures and enjoy sweet treats while the adults munch on sticky buns and gulp down mimosas at the First Draft: Sticky Fingers Edition writing exercise. These event is clearly a win-win! – Katherine Doble
12:00 – 5:00pm Comic Book and Cosplay Mania (PLUS Free Food Tasting) at the Arsht Center
The Art Days event I’m most looking forward to would have to be the Free Food Tastings at the Arsht! Anything that has free food is right down my alley. Plus, afterwards I could head over to the Comic Book & Cosplay Mania for some good entertainment. – Alex Sheckman
2:30 – 5:30pm Miami-Made Movies! at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
As a fan of both movies and Miami’s rich culture I am looking forward to see how the three films that are chosen perfectly showcase Miami. – James Rossell
4:30 – 7:30pm Schmooze Over Miami: Time Travel Pub Crawl at Biscayne Tavern
Schmooze and Booze: Learn about Miami’s history with live performances + drinking + costumes! Now this sounds like a solid Saturday night activity. Of course I want to attend the DWNTWN Miami Art Days “schmooze over Miami pub crawl!” – did I mention the title of the event includes the word “schmooze.” – Jami Baker
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th
1:30 – 2:30pm Balcony to Basement Tour with Organ Demo at the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center
Count me in for the Balcony to Basement tour at the Gusman Center. I’ve always loved the theater and am intrigued by the idea that there’s an actual basement underneath. Also, I’m a sucker for air conditioning and a well-tuned organ. – Aaron Gordon