So you want to support Miami culture, but -- like most artists -- you're dead broke. You can't buy a $200 painting from your buddy's new art space, let alone a $200,000 masterpiece at Art Basel.
Happily, there are plenty of free ways to support the scene: showing up to free events, passing news of a hot new gallery or film event along to your friends, and of course, voting in Miami New Times' Best of Miami Readers' Poll.
When you nominate your favorite art gallery, art house cinema or any of your other favorite local joints for the annual Best of Miami issue, you're setting them up to get recognized in one of the widest read New Times issues of the year. That means the art they bring to Miami reaches more people, so you'll have a bigger crowd with whom to debate the merits of the latest Borscht-produced film or the best new show at Second Saturday Art Walk.
(It also means that the winners will have more opportunities to make some damn cash, so they won't be packing up and heading to New York or L.A. just to get by. It's okay to vote in order to selfishly keep the places you love within city limits.)
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Last year, readers showed their cultural savvy by picking top quality spots like O Cinema and Dorsch Gallery. Now it's up to you to tell us who's on top of the arts scene this year. Visit readerschoice.miaminewtimes.com to make your picks -- and do it today, before you forget, because nominations close Wednesday, May 1.
No, seriously. Do it now. Just a couple clicks, and you'll have done your good deed for Miami culture for the day. Until you hit the lottery and start your own Rubell-sized art collection, it's the least you can do.