Laundromat Art Space & Studio in Little Haiti
Its 4500 square foot space houses one art gallery and nine studios where nine resident artists can create anything within their domain from sculpture to paint or photography, textile, printmaking and beyond. The studio will regularly organize community programs and contemporary art exhibitions. The center fosters collaboration between multidisciplinary creativities under the shadow of own Caribbean Culture that defines Little Haiti. Enriching a community culture through art while maintaining its distinct characteristics, can sometimes be a challenge. The art center is presented by a Miami based non- profit organization 'The Rise Up Gallery" that provided low cost art training workshop to the community. David McCauley is the executive director of Rise Up Gallery, the nonprofit group behind Laundromat. Out of 11,000 applicants, Laundromat happens to be one of 71 finalists in the 2015 Knight Arts Challenge Grant.
This new gallery has been opened on Friday, July 17 with a handful of local artists a block away from Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center and four blocks from popular Churchill's Pub. From the next September, every month, one of the resident artists will teach his/her skill in monthly workshops. The resident artists can host farmer's market or mural show in the parking lot area. Artist Andres Martinez has unfurled a giant sign over the front of the building that reads "Sorry we're open". The words truly define the gallery's act on gentrification and its potential impact on a community.
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