YoungArts Awareness Day is a nationwide, one-day initiative to “keep arts alive,” by celebrating the hundreds of thousands of young artists across the country and encouraging them to pursue a career in the arts. This day also highlights our efforts to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by identifying and supporting the next generation of talented young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts.
In Miami, YoungArts kicked off #youngartsawarenessday at 9am with a presentation by City of Miami Mayor, followed by the unveiling of a mural by local YoungArts Alumnus Lee Pivnick and Miami-based muralist and visual artist Douglas Hoekzema. Also this morning, both the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County officially declared September 8 YoungArts Awareness Day!
To continue the party, YoungArts Alumnus David Leonwill drive around Downtown, Brickell, and South Beach in a mini “Art” cooper designed by YoungArts Alumnus Hernan Bas and do “Pop-Up” performances along with two hip hop dancers. Check out David if you’re in the following areas from 12-3 PM EST:
- Wynwood – Panther Coffee (2390 NW 2nd Ave)
- Design District – Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink (130 NE 40th St)
- Midtown Shops (3401 N Miami Ave)
- Mary Brickell Village (901 S Miami Ave)
- Ocean Drive — Between 5th and Lincoln
- Purdy Avenue — Panther Coffee (1875 Purdy Ave)
- Lincoln Road & Meridian Avenue
- Bass Museum (2100 Collins Av)
YoungArts Awareness Day coincides with National Arts in Education Week, which takes place September 7-13, when the National Education Association celebrates, promotes and showcases the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, college and career ready students.