The National YoungArts Foundation will host a discussion with Franklin Sirmans, the new director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and celebrated Miami-raised artist Daniel Arsham on Sept. 24. The exchange, the latest in a popular salon series at the foundation’s Biscayne Boulevard campus, is part of the second YoungArts Awareness Day, meant to highlight the group’s programs to foster young artists.
The salon will coincide with the opening of an interactive installation by Arsham, a 1999 YoungArts winner in visual art, at the organization’s gallery. Sirmans curated the show, which will cover the gallery’s walls with black chalkboard paint and fill it with nearly 2,000 chalk sculptures, from body parts such as hands and faces to outdated cameras, telephones and computers. Visitors will be encouraged to write, draw and otherwise make their mark on the show, which will remain up through Dec. 11.
Previous YoungArts salons have included musician Ben Folds, choreographer Justin Peck, and dancer Lil Buck. Other events in YoungArts Awareness Day include a live question-and-answer session with singer Josh Groban on the YoungArts Facebook page, and a Broadway showcase in New York led by Andrew Rannells, Zuzanna Szadkowski and Tony Yazbeck, all YoungArts theater winners.
The Arsham and Sirmans salon starts with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., with the discussion following from 7 to 8 p.m. at Ted’s, a cabaret and performance space on the YoungArts campus at 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. That will be followed by the gallery opening from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets for the salon are $20 for students, $27 for YoungArts members and $35 general admission and are available at arshamsirmans.eventbrite.com. For more information, go to youngarts.org.