Take off on an arts-filled season at Arsht Center’s annual Arts Launch

Written By Josie Gulliksen
September 5, 2018 at 9:44 PM

If you’re an arts lover who needs to be in the know about the upcoming arts season in Miami-Dade County, then best get yourself to the Adrienne Arsht Center Sept. 8. You’d be doing yourself a disservice otherwise because Arts Launch is the ultimate preview of what’s to come as well as a time to get great deals on tickets.

The 12-hour event is an annual celebration to kick off Miami’s arts season and features interactive workshops, mini performances, on-stage dance classes, staged readings, kids’ activities and a concert featuring a trio of local bands to close out the day.

“ARTSLAUNCH2018 has become an exciting annual tradition and a fun, free way for everyone to celebrate the beginning of a new arts season. Beyond inviting thousands of guests to experience our campus, it was important for the Arsht Center to provide a platform for more than 100 arts organizations from all over Miami-Dade County to showcase their own exciting, diverse offerings. Miami has so much culture to offer – and ARTSLAUNCH is a great way to get a taste of it all,” said Suzette Espinosa Fuentes, vice president of communication for the Arsht Center.

Aside from having first chance at purchasing show tickets to the new Arsht season at discounted prices with no handling fees, you’ll also have the opportunity to see 100+ of South Florida’s arts and cultural organizations and their offerings.

City Theatre will once again host an interactive workshop during this year’s ArtsLaunch. Photo by

With so many different activations throughout the day you’ll want to arrive early to take advantage of all that’s being offered. Here’s a glimpse at the line-up:

  • ARTSLAUNCH@NIGHT – 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. End the day on a high note with an evening concert featuring live music from local bands and DJs such as DJ Kumi, Jahfé and Locos Por Juana on the Thomson Plaza for the Arts.
  • Food and drink offerings for the day including pop-ups and concessions from MadLab Creamery, Burger Depot, Pasta from BRAVA by Brad Kilgore, Sicilian Pizza Station and various concession items.
  • Chef demonstrations by Brad Kilgore, A Taste of BRAVA with samplings from the Arsht’s signature restaurant, a Culturist Bacardi Tour and Chef Allen’s Farm-to-Table Dinner.
  • Kids’ zone with storytelling and drumming workshops with various local arts groups, walking tours of the Arsht and a test drive of subscription seats for fans of classical and jazz music.

For specifics on times for all events visit the Arsht Center website

The featured image of the lobby performers is by Benjamin Thacker.

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