December 1, 2016
Following in the footsteps of Wynwood, the Design District, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables, Downtown Miami will host its inaugural First Fridays Art Walk event on April 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. International Fine Art Expositions has joined with the Art Miami founders and Miami International Art Fair organizers to produce the monthly event, which includes 11 venues collectively exhibiting more than 150 artists.
Spanning private galleries, artist studios, and non-profits, the stops on the walk include the Miami Dade College Museum of Art, Bas Fisher Invitational, Artisan Lounge, Eleazar Delgado Studio, and McCormick Place. The event will also debut MIA Encore, a multimedia contemporary art fair set aboard the SeaFair Bayfront.
Given the distance of between venues, the success of Downtown First Fridays will rely heavily on participants’ use of public transportation. Organizers have provided an online map keying each venue in relation to the metro mover and city trolley, guaranteeing that each location will be within two blocks from the trolley or the mover. Trolley transportation and gallery admissions will be complimentary during the event's duration.
First Fridays will take place the first Friday of the month from January to June and from October to December. Come September, the walk will be presented in tandem with DWNTWN Art Days (September 20-22).