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River Of Art

The River Of Art is a gathering place of Miami’s good people, changemakers, activists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, businesspeople and artists. Each month, Life Is Art brings the community together at our River Of Art pop-up art-in-public-places show to socialize through the power of the arts with the goal of exposing new artists, introducing new people to art appreciation, providing an inspiring space to make... more »
Who are you?

James Echols & Annette Peikert are co-founders of Life Is Art, Soul Of Miami, and PhilanthroFest, all deeply rooted in the community in Miami. Over the past six years, their organizations have produced over one-hundred events of all kinds and sizes.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The River Of Art program is designed to bring more and new people into art appreciation who otherwise might not be introduced to local contemporary art and artists. By hosting the events in public spaces, we make it accessible to South Florida’s residents and visitors. This helps to expand the potential customer base for all artists, as more people learn to love art, which strengthens the artist community.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

This addresses the dual points of restaurant density and a thriving arts community. While attendance at museums is up, there is still a perception by many residents that there are not that many quality local artists, which is absolutely wrong. In addition, we are always on the look out for new and interesting venues, such as restaurants, so that we can introduce new people to them.

Please give examples of your project's success.

We have hosted nearly twenty of these River Of Art shows, providing opportunity for dozens of artists to be introduced to thousands of new potential art lovers. One testimonial states, “Life is Art’s team is dedicated, mission oriented, dynamic and all encompassing. They have brilliantly positioned themselves to be a leader in the South Florida Arts Community.” Another artist stated, “I cant say more about the quality of the events that the good folks at Life is Art have been doing.”

Organization Name (or individuals name) Life Is Art / Soul Of Miami

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