Wynwood Arts District – Miami
Images by Angie Mejia
This is one of the few things really worth seeing in Miami. Fantastic art and a cool vibe. The six dozen exhibit spaces in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District offer enough visual stimulation for many eyeballs, and we enjoyed our day weaving our way through the cities streets. Wynwood is known these days for two things: its arts district and its fashion district after artists began taking up residence in the area’s abandoned warehouses in the mid 2000’s. Today more than 70 galleries occupy the area and the hood hosts an ArtWalk every second Saturday of each month. The area also boasts one of the largest permanent outdoor mural exhibits in the world, called Wynwood Walls.
As per the Wynwood website:
“The Wynwood Arts District is home to over 70 Art Galleries, Retail Stores, Antique Shops, Eclectic Bars, and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world.
Wynwood is also referred to as “Little San Juan”, and commonly known as “El Barrio”, as many Puerto Ricans began immigrating to this Miami neighborhood from the island and northeastern cities in the 1950s. Puerto Rican-owned restaurants, shops, markets and other businesses aligned the streets of Wynwood for years. Recently, however, the neighborhood has seen a push towards gentrification with increased investments and developments.
The Wynwood Arts District Association has been legally operating since 2009 for the well-being and improvement of the Wynwood Arts District ? one of the largest and most prominent Art communities in the United States. Taking over what used to be the warehouse and manufacturing district of Miami, developers have rehabilitated neglected warehouses, shuttered factories, and other unused buildings transforming them into the numerous galleries, restaurants, artists studios, cafes, bars, and residences that are seen here today.”
Check out the map they provide to plan your route!