The MIAMI Association of REALTORSÂ® (MIAMI) will be collecting canned goods and supplies for Florida Keys residents impacted by Hurricane Irma during its free live art event â€” Infusion @ Leah Arts District. A cargo plane secured by MIAMI and First Service Realty will ship the donated supplies to Marathon the next day. Hurricane Irma damaged Florida Keys homes and left many Keys residents without power after it made landfall as a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds in the lower Florida Keys on Sept. 10.
“Infusion at Leah Arts District” is part of MIAMIâ€™s Better Block initiative, which aims to empower local communities and stakeholders on ways to reshape and reactivate neighborhoods. Thanks to support from the National Association of REALTORSÂ® (NAR), MIAMI has partnered with Team Better Block, a Dallas-based organization, on ways to promote and bring vibrancy to South Florida neighborhoods.
Once a booming industrial hub, the Leah area in Hialeah is home to thrift stores and a growing number of local artists and entrepreneurs. Hialeah Councilman Paul Hernandez and publicist JennyLee Molina came up with the idea to turn it into an arts district in 2015. Hernandez introduced and helped pass an Artist Live/Work Overlay District hoping to offer a new neighborhood for Miamiâ€™s artists. The Leah Arts District runs from East 13th Street to East 17th Street between East 10th and 11th Ave.
Saturdayâ€™s event will include live art, music, food trucks, paella, a domino park, live artists, a kids workshop and more. Miami-based artist Jona Cerwinske â€” who is renowned for his designs on sports cars such as Lamborghinis with a Sharpie pen â€” is scheduled to do a custom piece at the event. Miami artists Grisell Gajano, Rudolph Jean-Louis, Marianela Holly and Minerva Mendez-Freire are competing in an art challenge with the winner painting a street mural during the Sept. 23 event. @cityofhialeah @leaharts @MIAMIaor