Available Space Wants to Fill Miami's Empty Storefronts With Art

In the midst of the economic downturn, three local business women conceived of an idea to beautify  eyesores and halted construction sites with art. Erika Hawks, licensed attorney and the LEED AP Founder of UrbanoGreen; Annhy Shim, freelance art and design consultant and owner of urban garden center Pots and Plants; and Michelle Weinberg, artist, writer, curator, and education consultant, founded Available Space a non-profit that unites artists with empty buildings.

They were inspired by the pop-up art spaces found in New York City and Los Angeles. As Miami drowns in empty storefronts, the three enterprising women saw a mutual benefit for the building developers and Miami artists looking to display their work.


"We have Art Basel, the walk at Wynwood, and galleries, but what else

are we doing to provide opportunities to local artists? Especially those

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who don't have the benefit or resources of taking part in these

events?" Shim added, "We have so many artists here in Miami that need

to be shown."

Available Space has yet to get any projects underway. They say they're

networking, "feeling things out," and generating ideas from artists this

month with an open call. They're asking Miami artists to submit a 2-D

artwork to display on mesh construction site barriers all over North

Beach. In addition to exposure, the winning artist will receive

$750. Read the details here.

For artists looking for space, Available Space has an ongoing open call. The

locations range from public spaces that may be viewed 24/7 to billboards

to storefronts and to interior spaces. If you're a owner of developer

and would like to donate your space, read the guidelines here.

Available Space is also kicking around ideas such as finding artists to

create faux storefronts on the windows of empty retail space. For

developers, perhaps the vibrant designs will attract the attention of potential buyers and renters.


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