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Art Beat Miami promotes local, Caribbean artists

Joann Milord began the art fair Art Beat Miami in Little Haiti in 2014, after she noticed art galleries migrating from Wynwood into her neighborhood. She wanted local and Caribbean artists to have a space of their own.

“We’re riding the wave of gentrification right now,” she says. “You see all these other galleries that are not Caribbean, that are not Haitian, showcasing and becoming known in the area, but I really wanted to make sure there was a space that promoted the cultural identity of the neighborhood, as well.”

Milord hosted the fair’s opening reception Wednesday, Nov. 30. Taking place until Dec. 4 at the Caribbean Marketplace at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, Art Beat Miami features more than 30 local and international artists, many from the Caribbean and South America. This year, Art Beat Miami partnered with Haiti’s Ministry of Culture, which flew four artists from the Caribbean island especially for the show.

Unlike at Art Basel Miami Beach and some satellite fairs, artists do not pay to showcase their work at Art Beat Miami.

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Written by Barbara Corbellini Duarte and originally published at SouthFlorida.com.