Letters to the Editor

Art Basel’s impact felt beyond the Beach

Long after the exhibition tents are taken down and the throngs of visitors return home, Miami’s arts community will thrive well into the New Year – and far beyond the confines of Miami Beach.

While Art Basel Miami Beach has been the primary catalyst for our city’s arts awakening over the past decade, much of the activity taking place has expanded beyond the Beach to the mainland, and specifically the neighborhoods in and around downtown.

A sculpture exhibit featuring the works of Fernando Botero will be on view in Bayfront Park, artists’ studios will be open to the public at DWNTWN Art House throughout the week, site-specific installations will be staged at the National YoungArts Foundation on Biscayne Boulevard, and a new digital art display will debut on the façade of the InterContinental Miami hotel.

The events surrounding Art Week garner much of the world’s attention, but downtown Miami’s rise as a cultural destination has become a year-round phenomenon.

Dozens of art galleries, studios and exhibition spaces are now up and running in our urban core. The corridor formed by the Arsht Center, PAMM and Museum Park is a cultural anchor and the Miami DDA’s Downtown Art Days initiative has drawn record crowds each year dating back to its launch in 2012.

Wynwood and Little Havana have emerged as creative enclaves that are home to street art, galleries and monthly art walk events.

All of this activity spells economic impact for downtown’s shops, hotels and restaurants. It also strengthens our global appeal among visitors, businesses and investors.

Miami is now viewed by the world as a well-rounded destination offering much more than sun and surf. The investments we’re making in arts and culture have been a critical factor in that evolution.

Alyce Robertson, executive director, Miami Downtown Development Authority