Miami, Fla. – Urban Philanthropies’ new venture The Urban is launching and hosting the highly anticipated “Welcome to the Afrofuture” during Art Basel Miami 2018.
The four-day art and performance activation will be located in Overtown at 1000 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33136 beginning Thursday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m.
The Afrofuture themed event will be curated by The Urban’s Gia Hamilton, a New Orleans based author, thought leader and cultural producer, and will feature more than 20 visual and performing artists, both local and from across the U.S.
Designed to celebrate the history and creativity of trail blazing community contributors while conceptualizing a rich vision for the future, “Afrofuture” will feature music and visual artists King Britt, Vitus Shell, Sultana, Soraya Jean Louis McElroy, Felice Graham and more – all convening to create a magical and futuristic ambiance of innovation.
“This momentous occasion is a historic milestone for the neighborhood of Overtown, Miami,” said Philip Bacon, president of Urban Philanthropies. “The restoration of Overtown’s economic and cultural vibrancy has been the mission of Urban Philanthropies since its creation.”
General admission to the event is free and families are welcome in the daytime with interactive art, live muralists, and more.
Night time revelers will enjoy uniquely crafted cocktails from the bar, musical performances, and VIP parties hosted by Papa Keith, Africoco, SocialXChange Miami, King Britt, Rich Medina and more.
The futuristic cultural experience was designed for everyone, both locals and visitors to Art Basel Miami, organizers say.
Following Art Basel Miami, The Urban will utilize its new 53,000-square-foot public space to curate and produce ongoing cultural programming for the community.
The goals include ushering in a new era of cultural vibrancy and economic redevelopment within one of Miami’s most historic neighborhoods and urban core, Overtown. Programming details can be found at theurban.miami.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Exhibition Opening
Friday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m. 10:30 p.m.
New Media Works and Rich Medina’s Birthday Bash Cohosted by Africoco
Saturday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Overtown Heroes Muralists Reveal with DJ King Britt, Kristinana Kay Robison and Sultana
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