INTRODUCING MIAMI HERITAGE MONTH

Dec 1, 2014

Contact: Media Relations at 305/539-3084, 800/955-3646 (U.S./Canada) or Kelly McKenna, Current PR at 212/445-8380.

MIAMI, FL – (December 1, 2014) – The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) launches a new addition to its Temptations Month Program by introducing Miami Heritage Month (sponsored by Mastercard) this December to  celebrate the destination’s cultural gems and diverse community.  From walking trails and bus tours, to special events and promotions, the dedicated website – www.MiamiHeritageMonth.com – provides a resource to locals and visitors to help them learn more about the heritage neighborhoods and how best to experience them.  

“While Greater Miami and The Beaches today is widely known as a year-round, full service business and leisure destination, many visitors are not aware that Miami was once a riverside settlement and a native land,”  said GMCVB President  & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME.  “Miami Heritage Month shines a spotlight on the diverse groups of people that call our area home and encourages visitors to learn about and take in more of the sights, sounds and flavors of our whole community which is a collective chorus of different languages, rhythms and styles.”

Visitors and locals can join in a special Miami Heritage Month Kickoff event held on December 7 at the Lyric Theater in Miami’s Historic Overtown.  The evening will feature Randy Weston's African Rhythms Trio and ticket information can be found at www.MiamiHeritageMonth.com.  Additional special offerings from businesses located in the heritage areas will also be featured on the dedicated site.

The Art of Black Miami

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau recently launched a new campaign - Art of Black Miami - spearheaded by the GMCVB’s Multicultural Tourism Department. The Art of Black Miami will celebrate Greater Miami arts, culture and diversity during Art Basel Miami Beach weekend and beyond.

“During Art Basel Miami Beach weekend, the Art of Black Miami campaign will provide a springboard to an impressive slate of breathtaking exhibits from the Diaspora with a full calendar of events that explores Black art from all perspectives,” notes Graylyn Swilley-Woods, interim vice president of the GMCVB’s Multicultural Tourism Department.  “Residents and visitors alike can visit pop-up galleries, artist showcases, and performances in heritage neighborhoods throughout the destination.”

A few examples include:

  • Miami’s own Purvis Young, an urban expressionist from Overtown whose artwork has garnered an international following, will be featured with more than 200 of Young’s creations comprising “A Man Among the People: A Purvis Homecoming” exhibition at Overtown’s historic Lyric Theater December 4, 2014 to March 2015.

  • Fusion MIA, an eclectic and critically-acclaimed exhibit highlighting African American Abstract Masters curated by father son duo George and Jumanni Nnamdi in the Wynwood Arts District will feature the BET Art Lounge and will honor Dr. Tuliza Fleming (Smithsonian), David Driskell (Legendary  Artist) and Debra Lee (President and CEO of BET).

  • Renowned South African curator Tumelo Mosaka will be featured in the Third Annual Art of Transformation, in Opa-locka November 12, 2014 through December 14, 2014. 

  • In Little Haiti, the Borderless Caribbean exhibition series, curated by museologist and cultural producer Jorge Luis Gutierrez, is part of the Global Caribbean contemporary art program of the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance (HCAA) under the world renowned artistic director Edouard Duval Carrie.

Get Engaged!

Flipagrams, providing a short virtual tour highlighting heritage neighborhoods will be posted on GMCVB Facebook/Twitter channels and consumers can share in the excitement by retweeting and sharing on Facebook for chances to win Miami Heritage Month prize packages.

Details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/GMCVB.

Miami Heritage Month is part of the GMCVB’s increasingly popular Miami Temptations program, which takes a thematic focus on the best that Miami has to offer throughout the year at attractive prices. Other programs include Miami Cruise Month, Miami Romance Month, Shop Miami Month, Miami Sports Month,Miami Museum Month, Miami Film Month, Miami Spa Month, Miami Spice Restaurant Month,  Miami Attractions Month, and Miami Live Month.  For more information on the Temptations programs please visit www.MiamiTemptations.com

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    About The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
    The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is an accredited not-for-profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions.  In 2013, Greater Miami’s Travel & Tourism Industry generated a record economic impact of $22.8 billion and 123,600 jobs for the community.  For a vacation guide visit our website at www.MiamiandBeaches.com or call 1-888-76-Miami (US/Canada only) or 305-447-7777. To reach the GMCVB offices dial 305-539-3000.  Meeting planners may call 1-800-933-8448 (US/Canada only) or 305-539-3071 or visit www.MiamiMeetings.com. To get further engaged with Miami and the Beaches, join the conversation by following us on our social media channels at Facebook.com/visitmiami, Twitter.com/miamiandbeaches, Instagram.com/miamiandbeaches and Pinterest.com/miamiandbeaches.    

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