Art Basel Miami is just around the corner. To say that this is one of my favorite events of the year is an understatement. I consider it as a multi-tiered, decentralized festival of epic proportions. The convergence of international visitors, cultural expression, stories of moneyed spending, parties galore and most importantly, the visceral and sublime display of art should not be missed.

What is Art Basel?

Art Basel is an international art fair with staged shows annually in Basel, Switzerland; Miami Beach and Hong Kong. Art Basel Miami started in 2002 and has ballooned into Miami Art Week, which includes the parties, events, and satellite fairs that have sprung up in Little Haiti, Overtown, Opa-locka and Coconut Grove.

Titled: Ray

“I bought some artwork for one million, two years later, that shi…worth two million!”- Jay Z

Don’t just browse, invest!

Art Basel is a great way to discover young and emerging artists. With a plethora of musings, the fair has the capacity to awaken your dormant art collector. When we think of the typical art collector, we envision a millionaire who acquires art as trophies. However, as a lover of art and culture, investing in emerging artists can be an affordable way to start your collection. It is also a great way to nurture the artists’ talent in the early stages of their careers. With so many talented black artists giving voice to our stories, collecting expands beyond dollars and into the realm of legacy building, and preservation of black culture. It’s a great way to invest in assets that will appreciate in value and can be passed on to the next generation.

Art of Black Miami events are a great way to immerse yourself in the work of Black artists and below are some of the cultural gems of Miami I suggest visiting during Art Basel:

  • MUCE – Ode to Hip Hop happening at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Tickets go on sale October 23rd. Click here to save the date.
  • Art Africa in Overtown, presents Back to Black: No On and Off Ramps. Tickets are available here
  • Kroma in Coconut Grove. Visit the website for more details.

Want to learn more about the arts and culture industry and how to invest? Check out the Black Professionals Summit on October 14th, where Ashlee Thomas will present on Art: The Billion Dollar Industry. Click the link to register.


Written by: Natasha Wright – Festival Admin and lover of art, fashion & empowerment.