Friday, February 7, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for Fostering Local Creativity - February 2014

Welcome to Part 1 of my series, “#ThankYouMiami for Fostering Local Creativity", where I highlight the programs, places, and people that attract creative talent to our area and that empower our local creatives. Access the rest of the series here: Part 2. If you would like to be featured in an upcoming part of this series, contact me.

Miami inspires and is inspired by great creative minds. Historic figures have responded to international movements by channeling our beautiful city (i.e., Morris Lapidus and MiMo notables like the Eden Roc). Entire Miami neighborhoods have been transformed by art (i.e., Wynwood and the Wynwood Walls). So today we say #ThankYouMiami for fostering local creativity by highlighting, in photos, programs that attract creative talent to our area and that empower our local creatives. Make sure to immerse yourself in these and other great programs from these organizations this weekend! 

The Latest Works of Larry Poons at Biscayne Nature Center
Dates: January 26 through May 3, 2014
Admission: Free, but parking is $6
The Biscayne Nature Center gave abstract painter Larry Poons a very "Miami" welcome with a delicious brunch reception on Sunday, January 26.
Miami locals of all ages were drawn to in-depth discussions of Larry Poons' career at the opening reception for his exhibit at the Biscayne Nature Center's Art Gallery. His art will be on display in Miami until May 2014.
Attendees of the opening reception also had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoor areas of the Biscayne Nature Center, where they reflected on Larry Poons latest works over light bites.
Larry Poons was happy to both listen and share his knowledge with the audience at his exhibit's opening reception. His recent quote in the Miami Herald was a theme throughout most of his discussions: “It doesn’t matter what the story behind the painting is, whether this was painted for a whorehouse or it was painted for the Vatican. A great painting is a great painting.” Read the full article here.

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2nd Garden Music Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Ended January 19, 2014
This past January, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden invited Miami to enjoy music under the starry skies at its beautifully lit lawn.
Miami locals of all ages gathered to listen to high-quality music and revel in the uncharacteristically cold weather with their families and friends.
Visiting and local artists treated the crowd to music ranging from classical to bluegrass. My personal favorites were the jazz artists at the closing concert on Sunday, January 19.
The two-week event was the second of its kind at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and, based on the attendance, Miami looks forward to its return next year!

If you've been inspired by these programs or have an idea for an art project, you are in luck. The Knight Arts Challenge (see, #ThankYouMiami for Making Moves) is looking for local arts projects and programs to which they can award matching grants. Applications are being accepted online until February 24, 2014. Submit your application now!

Did you attend any of the above events and have a different perspective? What is your favorite display of local creativity? Do you have a favorite creative program or project that deserves to be highlighted? Leave a comment below or send me a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

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