The ​Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) kicked off the 6th annual ​Miami Arts & Heritage Months celebrating the cultural diversity within the communities of West Coconut Grove, Historic Overtown, Liberty City, Little Haiti and Little Havana. From December 1, 2019 to January 31,2020, the GMCVB is offering locals and visitors access to unique events and experiences where they can immerse themselves in the cultural gems of these local neighborhoods. The program spotlights the vibrant traditions of the Miami neighborhoods and provides a platform where everyone can learn, discover and engage with the community.

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“While Greater Miami’s dynamic and flourishing arts and culture occur year-round, we are proud to dedicate two months of our Temptations program, to showcase local events and attractions that are found throughout our community and in multicultural heritage neighborhoods,” said GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME. “Continuously striving to shine a greater spotlight on our vibrant heritage, we invite locals and visitors near and far to immerse themselves in the destination’s rich, cultural landscape during Miami Arts and Heritage Months,” adds Talbert.

In the colorful streets of Little Havana, visitors are surrounded by salsa music, hand-rolled cigars and open-air fruit markets. ​Miami Culinary Tours will invite locals and tourists to experience Little Havana through their palates with authentic Cuban cuisine and to explore the area’s rich history with the people of the community. The Bahamian community of West Coconut Grove has established strong roots in the area and thanks to the ​HistoryMiami Museum​, guests can learn how Bahamian settlers influenced the development of the Grove with their knowledge of tropical plants and native building materials. Historic Overtown is anchored by the ​Lyric Theater​, a thriving music and entertainment venue from the 1920s. Little Haiti is also brimming with culture, brought by the Afro-Caribbean immigrants who founded the vibrant artistic community.

Miami and the Beaches

With many eyes on Greater Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach, Tourism and Development Department launched ​Art of Black Miami in 2014, in an effort to enhance the artistic cultural landscape found in Miami’s heritage neighborhoods and communities year-round throughout Greater Miami and the Beaches. The GMCVB’s Art of Black Miami program is committed to promoting the creative influences of the African Diaspora, Caribbean influences, Latin

Americans and global artists who contribute to the fabric of Miami’s historic and diverse artistic community. Miami Arts and Heritage Months is part of the GMCVB’s Miami Temptations Program, which takes a thematic focus on the best the city has to offer with monthly deals and special events appealing to both locals and tourists. Combined with monthly specials, the available promotions provide the opportunity to revel in Miami’s entertaining and luxurious lifestyle, and celebrate Miami’s diverse heritage, talents and culture at discounted rates.

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THIS YEAR’S FEATURED MIAMI ARTS & HERITAGE MONTHS PARTNERS INCLUDE:
● African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
● Ancient Spanish Monastery
● Azucar Ice Cream Company
● Art Deco & Little Havana Tours
● Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater
● City of Miami Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum
● Dunns-Josephine Hotel
● Lombardi’s Woodworking
● Historic Hampton House
● Historic Virginia Key Beach Park
● HistoryMiami Museum
● Miami-Dade College’s Tower Theater
● Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center
● Miami Culinary Tours
● Museum of Art and Design at Miami-Dade College
● South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
● Urban Film Festival

For a full list of all participants, special offers and events, please visit www.MiamiTemptations.com.

Cover photo: Zachary Monarce for Fine Art Mag.