Art of Cultural Evolution
& Midtown 34th Street project
Present Art, Ecology and Urban Sustainability: An exhibition of contemporary art and a community forum.
April 22nd 2013 6-9pm
82 NW 34th Street
Art of Cultural Evolution and Midtown 34th Street is hosting a community catalyst event aimed at bringing together high caliber ideas, art and people for an evening of forging an empowered sustainable movement in Miami.
The evening will consist of a casual conversation of local initiatives who are bringing great projects to the city and artists who are working within a social and cultural realm. As the two merge together we hope to elevate the energy and momentum in facilitating a reclaiming of our lives.
Art of Cultural Evolution is an environmental and arts non profit dedicated to fostering a sustainable future through the arts. The organization has facilitated the Midtown 34th Street project: a vacant piece of property turned into a Sustainable Land Lab. The project is home to experimental organic gardens, various forms of composting and an ever growing public programming schedule that includes free workshops, demos, exhibitions, film screenings and more.
The Midtown 34th Street project is a test site for a larger initiative to bring an Arts and Science residency program to Miami and create an entirely autonyms Arts and Ecology center. The center will be housed in recycled shipping containers and utilize sustainable technologies.
For further information email Blair@artofculturalevolution.org
This is a free event, parking is limited and bicycling, walking and public transport is strongly encouraged.Posted on April 14, 2013 by Blair · 0 comments Read More
Join us at Philanthrofest 2013
We will be fundraising for our Arts and Science Residency Program and County Land Acquisition.
Philanthrofest is happening at Miami-Dade Wolfson Campus on April 6th
See below for official information:April 1, 2013 by Blair · 0 comments Read More
Last Call for Proposals
DEADLINE for Submissions: April 10th
Art, Urban Ecology and Sustainability: Contemporary Art and a Public Audience
Art of Cultural Evolution is excited to announce Midtown 34th Street project’s first contemporary exhibition.
The exhibition aims to inspire artists to respond to ideas about urban ecology, sustainability, nature, environment and the relationship of contemporary art to the following issues:
How does contemporary art transcend object making, capitalism, white cube galleries, empty aesthetics?
How does it integrate, respond to or inspire social movements, change ideologies and bring awareness to an audience?
We welcome innovative, high caliber, proposals from artists interested (or preoccupied!) with any of the above topics.
Please feel free to visit the space by appointment before submitting proposals.
All proposals must be submitted by email to Blair@artofculturalevolution.
Please include a short text about your interest together with links to previous work or maximum of 3 jpegs as attachment.
DEADLINE for Submissions: April 10th
Here are some additional links for inspiration:March 31, 2013 by Blair · 0 comments Read More
Art of Cultural Evolution is continuing to develop its Sustainable Land Lab: Midtown 34th Street’s public programming schedule. We host events, demos, workshops, events, actions and a continuous public performance of sustainable urban living. For more information, to get involved contact us at email@example.com
Our current programming for April is as follows:
Every Thursday is Nature inspired crafts fro your toddler to 7 year old
April 6th 2013 out in the field with Philanthrofest 2013 at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus
April 10th Cannonball CSA Program: supporting local arts
April 22nd Miami Community Forum and Opening of Art, Ecology, Urban Sustainability in Public Space exhibition
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
What: Midtown34thStreet When: Dec. 4 – 9, 2012 Where: 82 NW 34th St., Miami 33127
Midtown34thStreet is a collaborative demonstration of urban sustainability between Miami based arts and environmental non-profit, Art of Cultural Evolution and mobile creative workshop, Transit Antenna.
During Art Basel Miami Beach 2012, Midtown34thStreet will open for a weeklong (Dec. 4 – 9) event of off-grid systems demonstrations, tours, raw food sampling and film screenings.
A platform for arts and sciences collaborations such as Coral Morphologic (www.coralmorphologic.com), non-profits like O-Cinema (www.o-cinema.org) and Fertile Earth Foundation (www.fertileearth.org), South Floridian food entrepreneurs Farm Fresh Miami (www.farmfreshmiami.com) and Ready-To-Grow Gardens (www.ready-to-grow.com), and green industry specialists Yake Solar (www.yakesolar.com), Midtown34thStreet is a common ground uniting many of Miami’s cultural pioneers.
In context, Midtown34thStreet is an artistic, socially expressive response to the current economic climate and depleted world resources. Its administration acts like a think tank, engaging in research and advocacy in the fields of social policy, and supporting the local community with free / by donation workshops, Wi-Fi and events.
A hub for progressive ideas and an interface between experts and the public
Midtown34thStreet empowers individuals to consider and moderate their impact on our shared environment. Through diverse programming and examples of reduced carbon and closed cycle systems, Midtown34thStreet exemplifies sustainable, community based living.
With renewable energy, alternative fuels and organic, edible landscaping, Midtown34thStreet proves that living green is possible, aesthetically pleasing, and healthy.
Find Midtown34thStreet on the 2013 Wynwood Arts District Association Map and online via www.artofculturalevolution.org . Midtown34thStreet is a FREE WI-FI HOTSPOT.
Midtown 34th Street
An Urban Sustainability Project: Education, Community and Self Efficiency
Art of Cultural Evolution is teaming up with Artlurker.com, Transit Antenna and other local initiatives to launch a community project to bring environmental and sustainable awareness to Miami residents.
We have a dedicated site in Miami’s Midtown that we are developing into community gardens with organic food production, rainwater collection, solar energy, mobile eco live/work units, community composting, vermiculture, and open demonstrations of gardening, yoga and educational activities for children. This site aims to provide accessibility to sustainable education for Miami’s residents.
The Midtown (34th Street) project is also a precursor to a larger development called S.U.A.C (Sustainable Urban Arts Center). An entirely self sustaining arts park consisting of a natively landscaped green space, an international arts and sciences residency program, an education center, a bulk/0 packaging food store, community mulch, aquaculture ponds and much more.
SUAC will be an epicenter for innovation and engagement in Miami, a platform for sustainable initiatives and a public interface for locally oriented, internationally focused projects.
With our Midtown 34th Street project, we hope to foster enough support and resources to realize S.U.A.C and help Miami join other National leaders in environmental and social change.
Our collaborators and sponsors include: Artlurker.com, COLLASUS.com, Farm Fresh Miami, Galloway Farms Miami, Little River CSA, Permaculture Miami, Ready-to-Go Gardens, Legacy Nursery, Shell Lumber, RAMBO, Little River CSA, Earth-N-Us Farm, Somerset Soil, 1 2 Tree, Wynwood II, WVO Designs, City of Miami’s Office of Sustainable Initiatives, Marathon Bio Diesel, FloJet, Anytime Rentals, Bamboo Barry, Museo Vault, North Star Energy Services, O-Cinema, Coral Morphologic and many others.
Thanks to David at Anytime Rentals for supporting our projects with equipment donations! Check out their site at: www.anytimerentalsmiami.com
For more sources of local food, see localfoodsouthflorida.org
Stay updated via Midtown 34th Street’s dedicated website
Sponsor us on Groupon:August 2, 2012 by Blair · 1 comment Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sustainable Urban Arts Center (S.U.A.C.) to break ground in Miami
A new directorial collective comprised of Miami based organizations responding to an increased social awareness of sustainability are proud to announce the development of their Sustainable Urban Arts Center (S.U.A.C.). The first of its kind in Miami, the center will place ‘the magic city’ alongside other forerunners in developing urban sustainability, both national and international.
With assistance from city and county officials and grassroots initiatives alike, founding 501c3 non profit organization Art of Cultural Evolution have teamed up with mobile educational resource, Transit Antenna and web based arts publication, ARTLURKER.com to produce S.U.A.C. in conjunction with a bevvy of local pioneers working to define various green sector fields.
The vision for S.U.A.C. is an entirely self sustaining arts park consisting of a natively landscaped green space, an international arts and sciences residency program replete with workshops and studios, a learning/education/visitors center, a bulk/0 packaging food store, community mulching, aquaculture ponds and much more. S.U.A.C. will seek to produce all its own utilities and condition all its own waste. Working with the ebb and flow of its surroundings the center will allow for the maximum yield of both environmental and cultural resources.
S.U.A.C. will be an epicenter for innovation and engagement in Miami, a platform for sustainable initiatives and a public interface that involves and educates by rejoining the arts with the sciences in a productive relationship long since forgotten. A venue for locally oriented, internationally focused projects S.U.A.C. will host exhibitions, offer workshops and provide an edifying public recreation space.
The power of the arts to anticipate future social and technological developments by a generation and more has long been recognized. From Ezra Pound who proffered the arts’ rightful place as the acknowledged guide and lamp of civilization to Marshall McLuhan’s idea of an artist as an antenna of society, the concept of the arts as prophetic contrasts with the popular idea of them as merely a form of self-expression. It is perhaps only fitting then that a group comprised primarily of notable arts professionals are leading the sustainability movement here in Miami with S.U.A.C., a community based project that is entirely social by nature. As consumer culture better understands its impact on our shared environment an increasing sense of civic responsibility has become prevalent. Even the media is now facilitating the boom in sustainable practices and initiatives to the extent that such ideals are now largely considered ‘en vogue.’
Art of Cultural Evolution is an IRS officiated public charity founded by artists, activists, members of the Miami community and concerned citizens. The mission of the organization is to engage the public in environmental and social ideas through the arts. ACE has produced MiamiZine an annual publication for living sustainably in Miami, ReProcess: Turning public trash into public art and is eager to launch a WVO Tax Incentive program to support the donation of waste vegetable oil from restaurants as a fuel alternative.
S.U.A.C. will become the central operating center for ACE and we will be receptive to ideas from the community, which may be submitted online in 2013 in our Community Ideas Forum. Please join our mailing list to receive our newsletter to stay abreast of further developments at www.artofculturalevolution.org
About Transit Antenna
TRANSIT ANTENNA is a hybrid arts and sciences organization that functions within the parameters of a (documented) creative workshop and educational resource. We operate nationwide, working to engage communities on contemporary issues and facilitate the dissemination of progressive systems and experiences for the benefit of anyone seeking to decrease their dependence on infrastructure. TRANSIT ANTENNA evolves organically in response to successive crews that travel the roads of North America in increasingly sustainable vehicles. Crew, members and residents of TRANSIT ANTENNA, both on and off the road, utilize www.transitantenna.com as a journal and project archive.
For TRANSIT ANTENNA, S.U.A.C. is the culmination of seven years of research. After fundraising in Miami’s Design District in 2011 we departed on a national tour with the intent of returning to Miami to share paradigm shifting ideas and technologies for the benefit of the local community.
ARTLURKER is an online contemporary arts publication written by a broad range of guest contributors including visual artists, musicians, curators and critics. ARTLURKER’s mission is to document cultural subjects that impact the local community and encourage critical discourse through various initiatives such as the Miami Writer’s Prize; an annual prize funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Since its inception in 2008, ARTLURKER has served the local community as a resource and platform representative of the relative accessibility of Miami’s art scene. For ARTLURKER, S.U.A.C. is an opportunity to utilize its popularity to affect positive social change through the arts.
Invitation to participate:
S.U.A.C. organizers are currently accepting letters of interest from designers and other potential affiliates. If you would like to be involved in the development of the center please include your resume and interest in the project in an email.
In preparation work is currently underway at the S.U.A.C. test site, Midtown34thStreet.
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