This artwork created in February 2011 by Averette represents Grief and pride painted into a colorful mural on NE 2nd Ave. & 79th Street in Miami Little Haiti.The painting was unveiled for the first anniversary of the Haiti's massive earthquake.
In February 2011, to commemorate the first anniversary of Haiti's massive earthquake, the country's grief and pride were painted and unveiled in a prominent corner in the Little Haiti neighborhood on NE 2nd Avenue and 79th Street. The mural shows tears running down from the faces of Haiti's beloved revolutionary heroes, a young girl stitching together the red and blue fields of Haiti's flag. Even the sky over the head looks pale and sad. It is a true reproduction of the feelings of the Haitian people. However, this trauma cannot be continued forever. As per Rev. Reginald Jean-Mary, the pastor of Notre Dame d'Haïti, grief and blame must give way to hope and courage to fight for Haiti's future. On Wednesday, January 12, 2011, a Candlelight Ceremony was held to commemorate the victims and survivors of the earthquake, followed by the unveiling of the murals. The MLK Community Mural Project (Moving the Lives of Kids Community Mural Project), along with 12 artists from Miami and Haiti and several other local students painted a 50,000-square-foot mural on 79th Street and Northeast Second Avenue, in the heart of Little Haiti.
Here is the mural painting at Piman Bouk bakery in Little Haiti.
For decades, the mural arts of Serge Toussaint in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood have created a different environment. They're unlike other contemporary murals, a standalone with typical Haitian flavor that would remind you of the ambiance, character you could feel, miles away in the native island. His murals beautify the dilapidated walls, storefronts, the underbellies of bridges, the big Roman Catholic Church in the neighborhood, Notre Dame D'Haiti and every other open spot of plaster or cement he can find. According to Toussaint, his murals serve three main purposes: (a) inform potential customers about what a business offers; (b) beautify the neighborhood; and (c) keep Haitian heritage alive. His storefront mural of 'Piman Bouk Bakery' truly justifies the correctness of his statement.
Little Haiti Mural 2015 - Art Basel Week.
Last year, in the 14th edition, 267 galleries participated from 32 countries plus, Noah Horowitz, the former head of NYC's Armory Show was the main attraction of this annual international modern and contemporary art gathering. There were mural works by Kenny Scharf, Os Gêmeos, Ron English, and Shepard Fairey at the Wynwood Walls.
The calendar of events for the first week of December 2015 was scheduled as follows:
December 1, 2015: Preview Party at the Little Haiti Cultural Center;
December 1 to December 6, 2015: Little Haiti Mural Project Showcase: Building murals throughout Little Haiti curated by Yo Miami.
December 2 to December 2015: Art Beat Art Fair at the Caribbean Marketplace. Art Village featuring art from local, national and international artists including option to listen steel drums, jazz & roots music while enjoying culinary creations.
December 2, 2015: Conversations with the Artists in the Caribbean Marketplace.
December 4, 2015: Art Beat Vernissage at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in collaboration with Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance.
December 6, 2015: Celebrity Brunch with Chef Creole & Friends at the Caribbean Marketplace (Cost of admission $25, all proceeds to benefit NE2P charitable works).
Here ia a mural by Little Haiti Mural Project, 6301 NE 4th Ave with artists Rone and Phibs.
In last Art Basel 2015, only two art galleries such as Michael Jon and Fredric Snitzer were selected for Miami Art Basel. For the last 14 years, it has become an international Mecca for art lovers, drawing more than 70,000 visitors each year across the globe. Some of the noted celebrity guests who were present during the festival week included Leonardo DiCaprio, Karlie Kloss, Elijah Wood (who was a guest DJ at Brickell City Center), Paris Hilton (invited at the Paper Magazine cover party), Pusha T, Alicia Keys, Dwyane Wade (they all performed at the Dean Collection X Bacardi Casa), Amar'e Stoudemire (American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of NBA).
Little Haiti Mural - Welcome to Little Haiti.
The murals in 'Little Haiti' reflect the history of Haiti and other images which are closely associated with the country's rich heritage such as voodoo, periodic table, national flag, and the first Haitian slave. Serge Toussaint is an artist and muralist born in Haiti. His creations can be found in several parts of Miami-Dade County, including Little Haiti, because as per his statement, history and culture of Haiti influence his work tremendously. His murals beautify the dilapidated walls, storefronts, the underbellies of bridges, the big Roman Catholic Church in the neighborhood, Notre Dame D'Haiti and every other open spot of plaster or cement he can find. Toussaint says his murals serve three main purposes. Firstly, they inform possible customers about what a business offers; secondly, they beautify the neighborhood; and lastly, they keep Haitian heritage alive.
Here is a mural located at little haiti soccer park.
In May 2011, the Little Haiti Neighborhood Enhancement Team teamed up with a national non-profit organization, 'T.R.I.P', to help in painting one of the largest murals in the City of Miami. It was an outdoor multi-phase 24 months long project named 'MLK Community Mural Project', covering 10,000 square foot space on the five walls within the Little Haiti Soccer Park. With the heavy presence of Haitians in the South Florida community, one year after the devastating earthquake, the people of Miami decided to commemorate the lives of those who were taken in the tremor. The MLK Community Mural Project, along with 12 artists from Miami and Haiti and several other local students painted a 50,000-square-foot mural on 79th Street and Northeast Second Avenue, in the heart of Little Haiti.
Now a local organization, Pinnacle Housing, runs the space and invites artists to make the walls of Little Haiti Soccer Park their canvas. It is a $36.9 million park, which is also known as Sanon Soccer Park, named after the legendary Haitian footballer Emmanuel "Manno" Sanon. Murals are paintings or other works of art executed directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface where the architectural elements of the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture.
Here is the way Little Haiti celebrates Art Basel during Miami Art Week, This mural was made in 2015.
While strolling through the streets, you could watch colorful wall murals painted by local artist Serge Toussaint, voodoo shops, and traditional Haitian bakeries and restaurants (such as Leela's Restaurant, Lemoni Café). One of the most important aspects of this show is that you don't have to be a member of the artistic elite to enjoy the many events that take place during the Art Basel, Miami Beach. Art Basel 2015 looked bigger than ever with 267 exhibitors from 32 countries headed to South Beach to exhibit the works of around 4,000 modern and contemporary artists. Two local gallerists, veteran Fredric Snitzer and young Michael Jon were also present in the show along with their collections.
Moreover, with a dash of art thrown in, there were tons of parties during this Miami Art Week-- from the 'completely free' to 'invite-only' with memorable musically driven nightlife events.
Here is a display of creativity in Little Haiti during Art Basel, 2015.
Art Basel is all about surprise and delight. Last year, Art Basel 2015 started on December 3rd and ran till December 6th (tickets $47 day ticket; $100 permanent pass) with a lot of promise for more impressive arts, extravagant parties, big-name DJs, and celebrity art neophytes. During the exhibition, the quieter Miami neighborhood exploded into a well-known destination of the cultural connoisseurs. The emerging muralists produced the best works of their careers reproducing aspects of Haitian or Caribbean culture.
Here is an other beautiful painting in Little Haiti Mural Project 2014. This painting is located on 54th Street, between Miami Avenue ans First Avenue, NE.
Art Basel was founded in 1970 by three Basel gallerists, Trudi Bruckner, Ernst Beyeler and Balz Hilt. Art Basel has two editions-- one in Basel, Miami Beach and another in Hong Kong. It provides international platforms for art galleries to show and sell their work, giving them access to collectors, museum directors and curators. Today, Miami, a city of 2.6 million people has three major contemporary art galleries of which Art Basel Miami Beach is arguably the most important one.
Haitian Heritage Museum in Little Haiti is the first Haitian Museum of its kind founded outside the country, in Miami, Florida. It is a non-profit organization committed to highlight and preserve Haiti's rich heritage and culture. It is a place where the visitors and the local community can witness rich collections of Haitian art, historical artifacts, literary works, music and films. This award winning museum also organizes cultural events, art exhibitions and educational programs for the Miami-Dade community since 2004. It is a treasure for the local community that celebrates Haitian culture through exhibits and community programs. The walls of the museum are covered with dozens of pieces of colorful framed Haitian art and artifacts of all sorts are meticulously scattered throughout. The creators and founders behind this great museum are Evelyn Pierre- the Executive Director and Serge Rodriguez- the Director of Operations.
Haitian painting had a peak period between 1950 and 1975 and the greatest works of Langston Hughes, America-African writer, on Harlem Renaissance were published between 1930s and 1940s. The museum in the heart of Little Haiti is a Mecca for Haitian art and culture in America. Because strategically, Florida is the most common first stop for Haitians who come up to settle in America and simultaneously, it often becomes the last stop for people returning their homeland. Many Haitians and Haitian-Americans consider South Florida as one sort of bridge to their motherland. The exhibits of the museum through visual arts, text and architecture depict Haiti's path to freedom, from the scourge of slavery to independence in 1804. The museum itself is quite small in size but its contribution is not restricted within its four walls. They work in local schools, teach students about Haitian literature, history and music--they also organize periodic field trips.
Haitian Heritage Museum
4141 NE 2nd Ave #105c, Miami, FL 33137