At the MiMo Art Boulevard Festival on Sunday, November 28, you’ll be a part of “art as it happens.” The inaugural festival is presented by the MiMo Biscayne Association and is a pre-Art Basel event celebrating the MiMo District and the talented artists, restaurants and musicians who live there.
“This area has never had a festival like this and yet there are many artists in the neighborhood,” said Robert Hernandez, MiMo Biscayne Association board member and event co-chair. “The festival will be enjoyed by families from all over Miami and it will enhance the quality of life of the residents and the businesses in the area.”
The day will kick off at 10:30 a.m. at 7301 Biscayne Boulevard with a historic walking tour of the iconic landmarks on the boulevard, including the newly installed LED Coppertone girl sign and the famed Playboy Club. The tour will be led by area and Dade Heritage Trust historian, Antolin Carbonell.
Following the walking tour, Miami City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and Miami- Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson will join local artist Marcus Tracey in taking the first brush strokes on the neighborhood wall mural at 7100 Biscayne Boulevard. The community is invited to grab a paintbrush and help Tracey create the mural that will feature area architecture, signature hotels and iconic symbols.
“Everyone is invited to be a part of the painting process,” said Alisa Cepeda, who is also a MiMo Biscayne Association board member and Hernandez’s event co-chair. “Children from area schools will be involved. It’s a great opportunity for youth to be expressive through art.”
The heart and soul of the festival will be located at 7500 Biscayne Boulevard. From noon to 6 p.m., visitors can interact with artists stationed along the boulevard as they create their art and kids can get in on the action with art classes and hands-on projects in the kids’ zone.
“Interaction will be the driving force of this festival,” said Hernandez. “We have enough space for the artists to set up working studios and sculpt, paint, build and create their art before your very eyes.”
Chefs from area restaurants such as Kris Wessel’s Red Light and Michelle Bernstein’s Michy’s will tempt the taste buds with their culinary fare and cutting edge musical talent will be performing on stage throughout the day. There’s something for everyone, even the dogs.
“The event will be pet friendly for wellbehaved, leashed pets,” said Cepeda. “There’s a nearby dog park to explore and the boulevard is riddled with many pet friendly retailers.”
At 7:30 p.m., the festival will conclude and the holiday season will officially begin when the holiday tree lighting ceremony takes place at the renowned New Yorker Boutique Hotel, located at Biscayne Boulevard and 65th Street.
President of MiMo Biscayne Association, Fran Rollason, and members, Nancy Liebman, Barbara Gimenez and Louis Dalmau have been instrumental in assisting event chairs, Hernandez and Cepeda, with the festival planning. The association members would like to thank current festival sponsors, the Miami Parking Authority, National Concrete Preservation and Hershel Gil Consulting Engineers, for their generous support.
“Sponsor packages and artist spaces are still available,” said Cepeda. “It will be a one-of-a-kind event for participants and attendees.”