Tuesday, December 2, 2014

First Friday Art Walk Brings Culture to Downtown Miami!

Seafare Mega Yacht at the First Friday Art Walk in Miami
(photo courtesy of International Fine Art Exhibitions)
Few recurring events in Miami have had the kind of success that the Wynwood Art Walk has. To be sure, the art walk in Wynwood is not only a great showcase of art, but it's an all-out party. Hoping to piggyback on the success of Wynwood's monthly art festival, quite a few other neighborhoods in the Miami area have tried their own version of the art walk with somewhat disappointing results.

Downtown Miami's First Friday Art Walk is giving the Wynwood Art Walk a run for its money, though. Held every month in downtown Miami on the first Friday of the month, the First Friday Art Walk not only occurs a week before the Wynwood one, but it naturally draws a huge after-work crowd that is looking to get their weekend started off the moment their work week has ended.

Map of First Friday Art Walk Venues
More spread out than the Wynwood Art Walk and with shorter hours, the First Friday Miami Art Walk takes place between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm. It covers a 21 block area from NE 18th St. to SE Third St. and from Biscayne Bay to NW First Ave. Although traversing all of that area would be quite a "walk," the 15 featured venues were selected specifically because of their proximity to the trolley and Metromover stops - all within two blocks. There is also parking available at each location.

More than 150 artists encompassing all styles of art media are featured. Film screenings, art talks, receptions, live music and, of course, food trucks accompany the event. Some of the more prominent venues include McCormick Place, Artisan Lounge and the SeaFair MegaYacht.

Although different sponsors and organizations may be involved from month to month, notable Miami art icons such as MDC Museum of Art, Dimensions Variable, TM Sisters, Sculptures in the Park at Bayfront, Art in Public Places and Bas Fisher Invitational are expected to be regulars.

Miami's First Friday Art Walk is to free attend and open to art lovers of all ages!


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