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10 Days to go + 10 things to do!

A trip to Miami Beach always promises to be a memorable experience with its beaches, warm weather and exuberant nightlife galore. Add Art Basel to the mix, and that’s a guaranteed marvelous time. The TILA team and 2018 Garden Fellows cannot wait to touch down and experience the noteworthy art scene. Plus, we’ll even be hosting some events of our own! The highlight will undoubtedly be the EmpowerHer Brunch at the Perez Art Museum Miami. The first of its kind convocation and communion for Black Women artists at the most dazzling venue imaginable. We will share knowledge, reflect on experiences, and honor the highest parts of ourselves and those around us in this sacred space. We will move the needle in fine arts and in time we will make the statistic for Black Women artwork within its institutions #AboveFour percent.

We are over the moon in anticipation for the powerful women already confirmed to be at Brunch including Naima Keith, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the California African American Museum; Aja Monet, Poet and Lyricist; and Bae Worldwide, Women’s Organization. And after the Brunch, the community is invited to meet our fellows and talk further with us throughout the week at the TILA House, where we will be hosting Dinner in the Garden, Portrait Day Party and Guided Meditation! So we’re really looking forward to hitting the road real soon and there’s going to be even more in store for us once we get there!

With ten days out, here are ten things we’re looking forward to doing in Miami during Art Basel.

Prizm Art Fair 2018

Prizm has been showcasing the work of artists from Africa and global African Diaspora since 2013. According to Sugarcane Magazine, the 6th edition will be organized into three exhibitions curated by Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D., Art Historian and Curator; Mikhaile Solomon, Founding Director of Prizm and Arts Advocate; and William Cordova, Artist. What is immediately eye catching and relevant to us is Hayes’ The Diaspora’s Currency: Black Women, as a call-and-response: collaboration to build and define the value of Black women’s voices, experiences and knowledge as currency. The other two will touch on themes of past, present and future, the victorious outsider, appropriation and inclusivity. All three will certainly give us something to think about.  

Tue. December 3rd - Sun December 9th Open Daily: 10am - 6pm

Tour of Wynwood

The Wynwood Arts District has become a cultural cornerstone for Miami. The Instagrammable zone of art galleries, retail stores, antique shops and much more is fueled by one of the largest open-air street art installations in the world. During Basel, there will be no shortage of gatherings and happenings to attend including presentation of the murals and artists by the Wynwood Walls program, which is behind their selection. Artists from worldwide are responsible for the installations of graffiti and street art people see. Rene’s Wynwood Restaurant & Bar will be the venue for two different events. If you’re into hip-hop, recording Artist Quentin Miller will be performing along with several other South Florida up and coming musicians at his headlining music affair and for a more eclectic lineup, BLU Lounge at Art Basel will take place there too. Not to mention, if you want to buy jewelry and clothing from local brands, Wynwood Shop will take place in this area, as well.

Wynwood Walls Programming Mon. December 3rd - Sun. December 9th 10am - 12am

Quentin Miller @ Art Basel Fri. December 7th 8pm - 2am

BLU Lounge at Art Basel Thu. December 6th 5pm - 10pm

Wynwood Shop Thu. December 6th 3pm - Sun. December 9th 9pm

AfriCOBRA: Messages to the People Reception