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Changing Communities: MIAMI Realtors Showcase Potential of Leah Arts District

by | Jan 10, 2018


The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) highlighted the potential and investment opportunities of Miami’s Leah Arts District during a free live art event — Infusion @ Leah Arts District— in September 2017 at 1085 East 14th Street in Hialeah.

MIAMI also collected canned goods and supplies for Florida Keys residents impacted by Hurricane Irma during the Leah Arts event. 


#LeahArtsInfusion is part of MIAMI’s Better Block initiative, which aims to empower and educate local communities and stakeholders on ways to reshape and reactivate neighborhoods. Thanks to support from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), MIAMI has partnered with Team Better Block, a Dallas-based organization, on ways to promote and bring vibrancy to South Florida neighborhoods.


“Better cities start with better blocks and we believe the Leah Arts District has the power to become a major gathering place for artists, entrepreneurs and the entire Hialeah community,” said Christopher Zoller, the 2017 MIAMI chairman of the board and a Coral Gables Realtor. “Reshaping the Leah Arts District with new investments and new designs will not only encourage more community connection and commerce, but it will add to Miami’s arts renaissance.”

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 Miami’s artists. The Leah Arts District runs from East 10th Avenue and East 15th Street.

The creation of the district came after the incredible success of Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. Once an industrial hub, Wynwood is now known worldwide for its colorful wall murals and ability to attract the world’s best artists. Wynwood’s explosion of art led to major commercial investments. New Wynwood restaurants, shopping centers, and condominiums have broken ground. Today, Wynwood is one of the nation’s hippest destinations for art, food and entertainment.

 

Infusion @ Leah Arts District

#LeahArtsInfusion included an art walk with more than 20 artists and vendors. The event featured a jazz band and two food trucks.

Miami artists Grisell Gajano, Jean Pierre and Marianela Holly competed in an art challenge with the winner painting a street mural during the Sept. 23 event.



About MIAMI Realtors Changing Communities

REALTORS® don’t just sell properties, we invest in communities. In 2017, MIAMI REALTORS® invested more than $100,000 in grant funds from the National Association of REALTORS(R) (NAR) to improve our South Florida communities.  

Through member engagement and feedback, MIAMI developed a list of local community projects that could have the most impact. MIAMI invited its 46,000-plus membership for a brainstorming session and more than 200 members contributed ideas and volunteered to help. 

In 2017, MIAMI hosted more than 10 local community initiatives, from helping create a new Miami Shores community destination to re-painting Miami Gardens commercial buildings. Each project was led by the Realtor who proposed it and supported by a team of fellow Realtor volunteers and a Realtor partner (usually an elected official).

More MIAMI Realtors Changing Communities initiatives are planned for 2018. 

MIAMI members can register to volunteer at our upcoming community events at: MiamiRealtors.com/Volunteers

To learn more about how the MIAMI REALTORS® are using REALTOR® Party resources to improve their communities, contact Danielle Blake, MIAMI Senior Vice President of Housing & Government Affairs, at 305-468-7015 or danielle@miamire.com


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