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Art collection: a passion only for Miami’s bougiest, right?
Dejha Carrington is here in The New Tropic today to introduce Commissioner, which is poised to turn art collection in Miami on its head.
WHAT IT IS: A totally different approach to what it means to be an arts patron — one that makes it possible for members of the community who aren’t making the big bucks to still support our arts scene by commissioning work from up-and-coming artists.
WHY IT MATTERS: Because, like the science fiction writers who imagined astronauts on the moon long before we could actually do that, artists help us imagine and build the city we want to live in — and all of us, not just wealthy individuals, should be a part of that visioning process.
Art may not pay your rent; it will not buy your groceries. And yet, art is all around us as a vital part of our everyday experience. It can define people, movements, and whole geographies. Commissioner is one among many entry points to arts patronage, and we hope it’ll create an enduring ripple effect.
HOW TO GET IN ON IT: Join commissioner. Subscriptions start at just $50 a year to attend the programming with the artists. Become a collector and you’ll get four original limited edition works from up-and-coming local artists for $300 a quarter. The first artist is the legendary Typoe.
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It all starts here, with you. Enrollment begins today, enjoy the best pricing, best benefits and best experiences of the 2019 season. Learn More ».
The beginning of the end? In a tale as old as time in Miami, a new apartment development looks poised to push out two cultural institutions: The Wynwood Yard and O Cinema. They were only leasing the properties they sit on, and they’ll be forced to leave their current NW 29th Street locations to make room for an 11-story rental apartment building. The beloved spots, which reflect what Wynwood was before the neighborhood blew up, will both be around until next spring and both luckily have futures in North Beach. But their departures leave a big cultural hole in the City of Miami and have sparked a debate about the need for cultural institutions to own the land the sit on. (Miami Herald)
Get down with Getaround. Are you living that car-free life in Miami? Props to you — now it’s about to get even easier. The vehicle-sharing company Getaround has arrived in SoFlo. Their app allows people to instantly rent and drive cars owned by nearby locals by both the hour and the day and locals can list their cars for rent at any time. That means no need to bum rides to IKEA or Aventura Mall. (SFBJ)
We’re lovin’ it. McDonald’s menus around the world have special local twists to help them succeed in the local markets, and now several of those items are coming to South Florida restaurants, including a chicken sandwich from Hong Kong and french fries from Malaysia. We’ll come through for that. (Miami Herald)
Awkward. The drama surrounding removing former FIU President Modesto Maidique’s name from FIU’s main campus is the latest in a long-standing debate over honorary names in SoFlo and the ethics and drama of changing those names when the honorees fall out of favor. From stadiums to street names, name changes have often been political and involved big money — and often come up years after the honor’s been given. Remember Joe Robbie Stadium? (Miami Herald)
Yep, it’s going to be a long campaign. The shadow of an FBI investigation into Tallahassee City Hall has been hanging over Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, although he insists he’s not the target and the FBI has been mum on the whole thing. Gillum just released a bunch of travel documents meant to answer some of people’s questions, but the takeaway from Politico is they offer little actual info. Meanwhile, Republican candidate Ron DeSantis called on an Orange County Republican Committee member to resign her seat after she posted on Facebook that Gillum wants black people to be “paid back” for slavery. DeSantis has been trying to counter accusations of racism since the day after the primary, when he didn’t want to “monkey this up” when referring to Gillum’s political views. (POLITICO)
Plan B. Not happy with Florida’s head-in-the-sand approach to dealing with climate change, a Washington think tank has teamed up with the CLEO Institute to launch what they’re calling a “future fund.” The plan is for taxes, grants, and utility fees to feed the fund, which will help local governments pay for climate adaptation projects, and green energy initiatives like solar panels. Bummer that our state hasn’t made this a priority, but hurray for others stepping up to the plate. (WLRN)
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🍗Today: Join our neighborhood crawl after party at OPAC – sold out! Overtown)
🧘Today: Chat about combining eastern and western medicine (Allapattah)
🍞Tuesday, Sept. 11: Talk community engagement with FIU at Tostada Tuesday (Doral)
🍦Saturday, Sept. 15: Indulge in some sweet treats at The Yard (Wynwood)
🚍Talk solutions to our first/last mile challenge (Downtown)
💃Dance salsa on Espanola Way (South Beach)
🎞️Catch a classic sci-fi cult film at PAMM (Downtown)
😂Get a comedic Miami history tour (Downtown)
🎤 Check out a locals-only hip-hop show (West Kendall)
🎇Catch a laser show at Frost Science (Downtown)
🎨 Experience a 20-hour art show featuring 20 different artists – through Saturday (Design District)
🎶Wind down your week at First Fridays with Keith Johns (Wynwood)
🏙️Take a free walking tour of Downtown history (Downtown)
🍺 Drink beer, eat good food, and beautify Wynwood (Wynwood)
🌮Nom on tacos and try cocktails from some of SoFlo’s best (Wynwood)
🌊Attend a rally and concert for the People’s Climate Movement Day of Action (Downtown)
🎶Jam to some folk and blues tunes at a moonlight concert (Coconut Grove)
🗣️Hear live storytelling about craving and wanting at Lip Service (Wynwood)
🍺Party and drink Concrete Beach’s new Sola IPA (Coral Gables)
🎙️Catch Yoli Mayor live at the Yard (Wynwood)
🚮Join a beach cleanup at Bill Baggs Park (Key Biscayne)
🚴Take a bike tour through the Grove (Brickell)
🎨Check out dozens of zines featuring women, trans, and gender-non-conforming artists (Downtown)
🌿Shop at the Aventura Farmer’s Market near the mall’s new food hall (Aventura)
🍖Enjoy some late-summer barbecue at CHARCOAL (Wynwood)
🕺Dance to disco tunes at Mama Tried (Downtown)
🎤Show school pride at this college-themed karaoke night (Brickell)
🎵Jam at the latest edition of Miami Soul Sessions at 1306 (Downtown)
💃Put on your dancing shoes and groove at Mambo Mondays (Little Havana)
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a New Tropic membership.
We’ll catch you tonight at the neighborhood crawl — and in your inbox tomorrow. ✌️
– The New Tropic