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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Multi-sensory evening at Miami’s cultural crossroads

I drive by McCormick Place so many times, my friends, John and Niki, have a store right near there and I know an artist who works there, so I need to get there more often.

An excuse is coming Friday, September 20, where art, music and fashion fuse during the Downtown Development Authorities’ DWNTWN Art Days. McCormick Place will offer an evening of multi-sensory experiences stimulated by fine dining, art and jazz, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, transitioning through fashion installations into a DJ party scene, from 10:00 pm to 3 am. I can almost see this on the Real Housewives of Miami, it's that sort of scene.

McCormick Place, in Downtown Miami, has morphed into an art and culture hub featuring artist studios, gallery and event venue space. The vertical 22,000 sq ft space will allow guests to explore three floors of artwork, while engaging with renowned artists. 

Teaming up for a second year, McCormick Place and Influence Communications are bringing Downtown Miami an event and venue space that will continue to impact the overall growth of our community. Last year’s grand opening event hosted over 1,500 guests, who enjoyed burlesque performances, live art installations, DJ sets and a gallery filled with works from renowned artists such as Stephen Gamson and Eleazar Delgado.

“McCormick Place is honored to host the largest party of the year in Downtown Miami. Events focusing on art, history and culture experiences are essential to the vitality of a sustainable and ever evolving community," says Sean McCormick.

The event benefits Save Our Sisters, a local 501(c)3 organization, dedicated to breast health awareness, making this event a kick-off to October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Save Our Sisters has their own Dragonboat Team!

Event is free and open to the public.

McCormick Place is located at 111 SW 3rd Street, it's sort of easy to find, almost a direct run from Coconut Grove.

The original building, constructed in 1924, was first a US Customs Warehouse serving as storage of confiscated goods and look-out post for the nefarious characters coming into Miami via the Biscayne Bay and the Miami River. The property was purchased in 1970 by Edward J McCormick, Sr. and dedicated to his father, Dr. James McCormick. Now, three generations later, Sean McCormick is not only reviving this venue but the Downtown area, creating the epicenter for the cultural crossroads of Miami. McCormick Place is a vibrant production-based event space featuring various well known artists.

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