michelle-spence-jones_web.jpgMIAMI — TheUrbanCollective and the City of Miami plan to present a top-notch lineup of the most exquisite contemporary artwork from Africa and its Diaspora during the second annual Art Africa Miami Arts Fair, Dec. 4-9.

With a pavilion themed around the art and culture of the African Diaspora, and housed in a grand 8,000-square-foot exhibition tent adjacent to the Lyric Theatre at 919 N.W. Second Ave., the Miami Arts Fair, the first of its kind to feature the art of the African Diaspora exclusively, is promising fare like no other Art Basel event. 

Organizers say the exhibition will host more than 50 contemporary artists and an unparalleled body of work  selected by a jury of art professionals of critical importance to both seasoned and emerging artists alike.

“South Florida temporarily transforms into an art mecca during Art Basel and we wanted to give people the opportunity to learn and experience the unique culture of our local Diaspora artists,” said Miami-Dade Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones.

Art Africa Miami is set to serve as the cultural arts epicenter of Art Basel, organizers say, as the fair celebrates everything from Jamaica’s 50th anniversary — featuring a special exhibition from artists of the Caribbean, to the musical honoring of the great Mambo King, Cachao — to the works of the African Diaspora’s best contemporary visual artists.

Panel discussions on the state of contemporary visual arts in the Global African Diaspora will round out the exhibition.

“Art and sustainable design are powerful agents for positive transformation in our communities,” Neil Hall, Owner of TheUrbanCollective.  “We see the change happening throughout South Florida. TheUrbanCollective and Art Africa Miami plan to be a part of that transformative narrative for years.”

For more information on Art Africa Miami and Art Africa Miami programming visit artafricamiami.com and follow on Twitter:  @ArtAfricaMiami

*Pictured above is Miami City Commisioner Michele Spence-Jones