West Miami Mayor Eduardo H. Muhiña took notice of arts and culture festivals in neighboring cities. He wanted to bring the same feeling to West Miami, but funding was a challenge.
Thanks to a $2,973 grant from the Miami-Dade County Office of Community and Cultural Affairs and corporate sponsors, the city will host its first West Miami Art and Music Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Cooper Park, 5761 SW 16th St. The city also allocated $3,750 for the event.
“Being an architect, art is part of my heart and I think these events are wonderful,” he said in a phone interview. “It gives people an opportunity to mingle, gather and look at art. It’s a special time. It opens the city to other things or maybe potential tourists. Hopefully, this is the first one of many more.”
The event will showcase several local artists whose work will be for sale. Raiko Torres & Son Tres will provide live music. Also, there will be a domino tournament and prizes, plus a free West Miami signature poster.
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City Manager Yolanda Aguilar said the festival is a great way to promote local businesses.
“We have the beautiful outdoor venue in a safe neighborhood,” she said, describing West Miami as a “middle-class community” with a Hispanic population of more than 92 percent. “It invites outsiders to our city. This may help promote new businesses, people who may want to consider moving to West Miami.”
More than 20 artists will participate, including resident sculptor Pedro Hernandez.
“West Miami is growing,” he said. “This is important. It is a chance for people who have never been here before to see the city.”
There will also be food trucks. For automobile lovers, there will be an antique-car display. Miami-Dade County’s District 6 mobile library unit will also be on hand.
If you go
What: West Miami Art and Music Festival.
Where: Cooper Park, 5761 SW 16th St.
When: Saturday, March 14, from noon to 6 p.m.
For more information: Call 305-266-1122.