MIAMI, Fla. – Every year, The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami., kicks off South Florida’s art season with ArtsLaunch – a full day of free performances, cultural excursions, chef demos and more, all in celebration of performing arts and other disciplines.
This year’s ArtsLaunch – on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. – is bigger and better than ever with brand-new programming, all open to the public.
From the Broadway fan to food lovers to all between, ArtsLaunch has rounded up the best activities by personality so that everyone can immerse themselves in all the cultural elements Miami has to offer.
For the Pitch Perfect Fan: Miami’s most talented high school and college a cappella groups will converge in the Knight Concert Hall lobby to provide a day full of vocal harmony and tonal delight – all voices without music.
For the Broadway Buff: Broadway in Miami invites fans of Hamilton to let their collective voices ring out during Hamiltunes: An American Sing-Along. Hamiltunes is an officially licensed sing-along set to the award-winning soundtrack of “Hamilton.”
The Arsht Center plays the instrumentals and project the lyrics, guests provide the voices.
Costumes are encouraged – no swords or dueling pistols, please. Everyone is a star in this free community sing-along.
For the Explorer: Brand new this year, the Arsht Center has partnered with Big Bus Miami to help guests explore the city’s cultural neighchance to discover Little Haiti and Overtown at their own pace on cultural excursions. Flexible hop-on and hop-off bus tours are a perfect opportunity to sightsee and snap photos of local landmarks and attractions such as The Little Haiti Marketplace and Ward Rooming House and be immersed in the unique culture of Miami.
For the Foodie: Growling stomachs will be able to enjoy light tastings from the center’s on-site restaurant, Brava by Brad Kilgore, during two chef demonstrations. James Beard Award finalist Chef Kilgore will demonstrate the culinary skills responsible that make Brava one of Miami’s hottest restaurants. Each chef demonstration lasts approximately 20-30 minutes. Space is limited.
For the Partier: Sponsored by The New Tropic, guests will enjoy happy hour-priced drinks and food on the center’s Thomson Plaza for the Arts while grooving to the sounds of DJ Le Spam, founder of local band Spam AllStars, and a variety of performances by artists representing communities such as Little Haiti, Overtown and Little Havana.
For the Aspiring Dancer: Guests interested in learning new dance moves are encouraged to participate in free dance classes on the Knight Concert Hall stage.
The 45-minute sessions will include a hip-hop class led by ShowStoppers, and a flamenco class led by renowned dancer and choreographer Siudy Garrido.
For the Theater Nerd: Enjoy this year’s ArtsTalk moderated by national arts executive and passionate theater fan Ben Cameron, who disthe role it plays in communities. Cameron, local arts leaders and the public will come together for thoughtful conversation. Cameron is president of the Jerome Foundation and former program director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, which received the National Medal for the Arts from President Barack Obama. Cameron also has extensive expertise in grantmaking for the arts.
The Café and Farmers Market: The Café at Books & Books will be open for dining to all guests. Reservations are encouraged. Floridagrown seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats, prepared food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Arsht Center’s Farmers Market.
Book donation bins: Help the Arsht Center collect gently used children’s books for Miami Book Fair’s literacy initiative Read to Learn Books for Free. Donations stock 65 bookshelves around Miami-Dade County, providing a free book to all children who visit. Guests are encouraged to drop off baby books, early readers, and picture books in the Read to Learn Books for Free bins, Ziff Ballet Opera House lobby.
Quiet Room, Next Generation Green Room: This Ziff Ballet Opera House sensory room or quiet space is designed to provide children with the opportunity to step away from overstimulation throughout the day. Children and parents are encouraged to spend as much time in the room as they need, whether a small break between activities or for a longer period. Guests must be considerate of the space – cell phones and/or other noise-making devices should not the room. Parents and guardians must always remain in the space with their child.
Youth Fair Showcase, Peacock Foundation Studio: Sponsored by the Miami-Dade County Fair, families and children can enjoy a day of fun activities and performances in the Center’s Peacock Foundation Studio, Ziff Ballet Opera House.
Walking Tours: Get to know the Arsht Center. Campus-wide walking tours will be offered throughout the day.
Box Office Opening: The box office also officially opens on Sept. 7, offering the first opportunity for the public to purchase tickets to a variety of performances included in the Arsht Center’s upcoming 14th season.
If ArtsLaunch 2019 is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22.
A schedule and additional details on a variety of activities can be found at arshtcenter.org/artslaunch.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: ArtsLaunch 2019
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
WHERE: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.
COST: Free and open to the public
CONTACT: Visit arshtcenter.org/artslaunch