Miami is often referred to as “The Capital of Latin America,” and it is known for beautiful beaches, entertainment, pop culture and the arts. Before moving back to Miami, I use to visit at least four times a year but I never really checked out Miami’s African American and Caribbean Heritages cultural spots. Since moving back to Miami, I’ve been very eager to get out and explore the cultural spots that are right in my backyard. With December being Miami’s Heritage Month I thought this would be the perfect time to get out and check out some of Miami’s historically black and multicultural neighborhoods.
All Month long Miami Heritage Month is celebrating African American heritage showcasing diverse communities which are rich with culture and history. It’s vert important to learn about different cultures and traditions, especially during the holidays. Here are a couple of places that you should check out this month during your holiday vacation while in Miami or if you just have some down time.
Art of Black:
Art of Black is one of the featured events by the – The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), it’s a platform that shines a spotlight on local, national and international aspiring and renowned artists who create black art. This year they had events during Miami Art Week and ArtBasel Miami Beach that are continuing into this month and January. During this time you can experience pop-up galleries, meet artists and attend special events. For more info visit here.
I was very excited to tour one of Miami’s Art Of Black locations KROMA which is a collective art gallery that houses various artists and artisans looking to showcase their work. During my visit, I stumbled upon R&B singer-songwriter Betty Wright who is one of the featured artist housed at this location. Her work is amazing; I loved her unique twist on creative expression through her painted canvas. Check out her work and couple others below.
Art Work By: Betty Wright
Art Work By: Robert McKnight
Art Work By: JCarol Brown
Touring Little Haiti Cultural Center:
“The Little Haiti Cultural Center offers a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to gain exposure to Afro-Caribbean culture, entertain and develop a new talent, and expand their knowledge of the arts. We are committed to providing activities for the community that promotes imagination, creativity, and positive experiences for children and adults throughout the year.” littlehaiticulturalcenter.com
I learned so much about the community of Little Haiti while visiting the Cultural Center. Their primary goal is to bring Afro-Caribbean culture to the masses. They house an art gallery, dance and art studios, a theater and multi-purpose rooms for community enrichment programs. I was obsessed with the courtyard which had colorful murals, this space is often used for events like their monthly Big Night in Little Haiti (I can’t wait to attend the next one). In addition to dance performances, classes are offered, including yoga, French, and Creole. The Little Haiti Cultural Center is like Miami’s best-kept secret, which needs to be told to anyone willing to listen.