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Say what you will about overcrowding in Wynwood, but you can’t deny that the neighborhood’s successful transformation into a trendy community hasn’t made an impact on the rest of Miami. Almost every district of the city has attempted to follow in Wynwood’s footsteps by setting up an art walk, but none has succeeded quite like Second Saturday. All of that might change in the next month, as downtown Miami launches its own bid to become the next prophesied cultural sanctuary in the city. International Fine Art Expositions, founder of Art Miami and the organization behind Miami International Art Fair, partnered with the arts and cultural community of downtown Miami to put on First Friday Art Walk. “It will attract everyone from collectors and financial executive professionals to young creatives and families,” Lee Ann Lester, organizer of IFAE, says of what’s to come. “The upcoming First Fridays event will present a wide variety of activities, including artist receptions, art talks, film screenings, and musical entertainment.” Inaugurating First Friday this April, IFAE isn’t messing around. Although it took only two weeks to plan, the organization has once again outdone itself. More than 150 artists of all styles and media will exhibit their work in 15 venues, all conveniently located two blocks from the Miami Trolley and Metromover. Parking will be available at each venue. Admission to the exhibitions and trolley transportation will be free. Expect to see familiar art heavy-hitters such as MDC Museum of Art, Dimensions Variable, TM Sisters, Sculptures in the Park at Bayfront, Art in Public Places, Bas Fisher Invitational, and a number of other well-respected organizations that helped launch the hype for Miami’s art scene on an international level. It all happens Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. and coincides with the debut of MIA Encore fair aboard the SeaFair, docked at the InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza. Admission to MIA Encore is complimentary for the duration of First Friday hours. The art walk will be held the first Friday of every month from January to June and October to December. The September art walk will be held in conjunction with DWNTWN Art Days, September 20 to 22.