Re-imagining Arts in Wynwood (RAW)
For years, the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami has seen a renaissance in arts, culture, and development, and with these rapid changes and international hype, many long-standing institutions have been overlooked. This project seeks to begin a conversation and a process that bridges the old and new Wynwood through the very medium that has given it its newfound fame.
Jose de Diego Middle School is nestled in the Northwest corner of Wynwood, next to another veteran institution, the Bakehouse Arts Complex. As a public Title I school with just under 700 students, its funding for any arts program has long been gutted. The juxtaposition of the building's towering whitewashed walls with the adjacent maze of vibrant Wynwood murals is immediately apparent.
The proposed project, headed by the Wynwood Arts District Association in partnership with WynwoodMap.com, would bring together a coalition of non-profits, organizations, corporate partners, businesses, City agencies, artists, musicians, and the JDD staff and administration. The common goal would not only be to bring color and inspiration to the walls of the school, but also launch a long term fundraising campaign during the week of Art Basel. With a goal of $500,000. These funds would be used to support the creation of an arts and music magnet program at JDD.