We recently discovered this docuseries called Here Comes the Neighborhood through one of our new favorite local blogs Head8k. Needless to say, we’re very excited about this series. It feels like the eyes of the world are on our neighborhood during this time of year.
HERE COMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD is a Short-Form Docuseries exploring the power of Public Art and innovation to uplift and revitalize urban communities. The Pilot Season revolves around the Arts District of Wynwood Miami, featuring an array of internationally acclaimed and locally respected Street Artists, Graffiti Writers and Muralists.
HERE COMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD explores a unique juncture in history as a new community emerges and evolves. A progressive urban revitalization campaign is examined in the first person, using this year’s new Artists and their commissions as a lens to explore a neighborhood in transition. The Series is framed by colorful overview and concluding episodes, providing the scope of past, present and future. Each episode is accented by images from legendary Documentary Photographer Martha Cooper, who has been capturing The Walls since they began in 2009. Her Photographs will also appear in a Special Edition Art Book “The Wynwood Walls and Doors” set to be released at Art Basel 2011.
A few weeks ago we wrote about the controversy brewing in the Grove over the Big Brothers Big Sisters billboard that went up outside of the Mayfair. Along with others in the blogosphere, we felt that complaints about signs and city ordinances missed the bigger picture – helping children in need throughout our community. Despite the hubbub, the Miami Currently Under Improvement campaign officially launched with an art auction and party in the beautiful Collins Building in the Design District during Art Walk on September 10th.
Twenty local artist created original postcard sized works inspired by Miami neighborhoods like Hialeah, Liberty City and Overtown. Among the big names were Friends With You, Sonni, and the muralists Primary Flight. We even threw our hats in the ring with postcard submissions and limited edition Yo ♥ 305 tees.
The message of the night was simple: although we might not all be able to take on the responsibility of a Big Brother, Big Sister relationship, people can still support the charity by ponying up some cash. The event gave people the opportunity to make a donation and walk away with a one of a kind piece from some of Miami’s hottest artists. Check out our Yo ♥ 305 Facebook page for the full photo gallery of the evening, and be sure to check out the BBBS project.