Art Smarts

It’s no secret that strong arts programming in our schools plays a crucial role in connecting youngsters to others around them, not to mention opening them up in new ways to see the world in which they live. So it begs to reason that in a city like Miami, which is becoming recognized globally as a center for art production and is the winter home of Art Basel, a focus on higher education for creative types should be a top priority, right? So think the folks at Locust Projects (852 N. Miami Ave., Miami), who eschew Mark Twain’s observation that education is “the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty” and instead believe that a more profound understanding of art is the path to critical thinking, enhanced opportunities, and community cohesion. Tuesday at 7 p.m., the alternative art space will host its weekly forum, Locust Roundtable, to examine how comprehensive and innovative art initiatives can become a force for change on the local art scene. Locust presents Elizabeth Shannon: We Don’t Need No Education? to explore whether Miami can prepare local talent for roles in the art world at its traditional institutions or if alternative educational models might be more effective. Call 305-576-8570 or visit
Tue., Sept. 2, 7-8:30 p.m., 2014
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