Miami Beach Launches Culture Crawl

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Miami Beach Launches Culture Crawl:

Showcasing the city’s arts and culture institutions

Get ready for the first Miami Beach Culture Crawl. The initiative, according to City Manager Jimmy Morales, is designed “to get our residents and tourists to explore and become re-acquainted with Miami Beach and the plethora of our cultural offerings.” 
The first event will take place this Wednesday, March 6, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Plans are for a monthly happening with complimentary admission to the City’s cultural institutions. Special programming will include “open studios and galleries, outdoor films, live music, exclusive tours, night gardens, and exclusive, free trolley service to specially chosen stops within the city,” Morales wrote in a letter to City Commissioners.
Two trolleys will be branded for the Culture Crawl and will run “a specially curated trolley route” which will drop riders off within a block of cultural institutions. (Map can be viewed in link below.) Trolley riders will get a block by block history of the City from a Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) tour guide. There are six stops and participants can begin at any of them. Because of the close proximity of participating institutions, attendees can also explore on foot or bike. 
“We anticipate this becoming a monthly event, where we will continue to add programming and activations from institutions all over the city, and extend our reach through Mid and North Beach, as demand dictates, until we reach an ‘all-city, all culture’ crawl,” Morales wrote
“The relationship we hold with our cultural institutions is important, as is our relationship with our residents and tourists, so we produced this experience with the mindset of removing all barriers between people and culture (easy transportation, free admission),” he wrote.
Participants in the first Crawl include:
  1. New World Symphony
  2. Miami Beach Urban Studios
  3. The Wolfsonian
  4. Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU
  5. Miami Design Preservation League
  6. Art Center/South Florida
  7. Miami Beach Botanical Gardens
  8. The Bass
Due to the quick turnaround for this event, Morales said, Miami New Drama, Miami City Ballet, the Holocaust Memorial, and Miami-Dade Public Library were not able to participate in the first Culture Crawl but have confirmed their participation for April.
Info on specific programs and trolley route here.


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