The Wynwood Arts District is home to over 70 Art Galleries, Retail Stores, Antique Shops, Eclectic Bars, and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world.
The Wynwood Arts District Association has been legally operating since 2009 for the well-being and improvement of the Wynwood Arts District, one of the largest and most prominent creative communities in the United States.
Taking over what used to be the warehouse and manufacturing district of Greater Miami, developers have rehabilitated neglected warehouses, shuttered factories, and other unused buildings, transforming them into the numerous art complexes, galleries, performing art spaces, restaurants, cafes, and other creative businesses that are seen here today.
With the introduction of the Second Saturday Art Walk in the District and the arrival of the Art Basel fair in 2002, Wynwood has seen some unexpected growth in a relatively short period of time as it gets more and more attention by the locals as the go-to place for an alternative and more cultural nightlife in the City of Miami.
Though the influence and relevance of the arts community in Wynwood is undeniable, new, creative businesses of all types are opening their doors in the District and encountering success here.
WADA, a community association, brings together art complexes, galleries, performing art spaces, restaurants, cafes, and other creative businesses that strengthen the concept of a true arts district becoming the catalyst for Miami’s international image.
The Yearly Membership rate for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year is $495.00. These Membership Fees go directly towards the staff and operations of the organization, and entitles the members to the following benefits:
- Listing on the Wynwood Map & Website.
- Event Promotion via Social Media Pages & Website (under homepage, calendar, and event sections).
-Advertising and feature opportunities on the WADA website and map.
Our mission is to promote Wynwood as the epicenter of the arts and creative businesses in Greater Miami while enhancing the character of the factory and warehouse district. Furthermore, The Wynwood Arts District Association is committed to providing a clean, safe, and enriching environment for pedestrians, occupants, and visitors.
Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project
Beth Boone is the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and an MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA. Following a year as artist-in-residence at Brandeis, Beth relocated to New York to pursue a career in theater. While in New York, she co-founded an Off Broadway theater company, New York Rep, and she served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. In 1995, in search of a more tropical life, Beth relocated to Miami to become the Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera. Following her position at FGO she became the Deputy Director, and then Interim Director, for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus.
Since 1998, in her role as Artistic and Executive Director of Miami Light Project, Beth has distinguished herself as a leader in Miami?s cultural community. She has developed critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida and which have brought her national recognition for her work in the field.
Beth is married to Cuban Hip Hop musician, Yrak Saenz, and they have a seven year old son, Thomas.
Managing Director for Goldman Properties
Joe graduated from Hamilton College in 2001 with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. Joe continued his studies at the University Of Miami School Of Law where he graduated in 2004. After practicing law for more than two years, he obtained a Masters in Real Estate ("MSRE") from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida.
Joe focuses on all development, financing, marketing and leasing initiatives for Goldman's Wynwood portfolio. He is also a board member of the Wynwood Arts District Association.
Director of Gallery Diet
Nina Johnson-Milewski is a self proclaimed "home-grown orange." As the owner, founder, and director of Gallery Diet in Wynwood, she has produced over 30 solo and group exhibitions by new and emerging artists from around the world. Many of these exhibitions have been documented in national and international print publications. Nina is a member of MOCA NoMi?s Leadership Circle, Wolfsonian Visionairies, and MAM's Contemporaries, in addition to her commitment to the arts, she is a founding member of the Women of Wynwood, an organization that helps to provide jobs for women transitioning out of homelessness.
Nina is also the publisher and founder of Miami Rail, an editorially independent expansion of the Brooklyn Rail produced both in print and online four times a year. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Nina is happily married to Daniel Milewski, an artist and owner of Lester's in Wynwood. Together they are the proud parents of two mixed up mutts.
Director of Kelley Roy Gallery
Originally from the Boston, and after living in Europe and New York, Susan moved to Miami and established a marketing and advertising agency KSR in 1983, now located in Wynwood. The company serves clients in healthcare, travel, tourism and hospitality industries as well as foreign governments and companies.
In 2008, she and her husband, Bill Roy, opened the Kelley Roy Gallery exhibiting American and International artists including a major sculpture program with Albert Paly and John Henry.
Susan serves or has served on the Board of Directors of the World Trade Center Miami, Health Foundation of South Florida, Wynwood Arts District Association and Arts for Learning.
Susan Is the Honorary Consul of Finland for South Florida.
Founder / CEO of Lombardi Properties
David Lombardi has been a Miami Beach resident since 1973, where he graduated from Miami Beach High in 1983 and then attended Miami Dade College and FIU. At the age of 22, he and his wife opened a popular restaurant on Arthur Godfrey Rd called the 41st Street Eatery and operated for four years before selling and going into Real Estate sales. David opened Lombardi Properties in 1999 as a full service brokerage focused on high end residential properties on Miami Beach. He had been working as a realtor for other companies since 1993.
In 2000, David began investing in Wynwood. He felt that the scale of the buildings and the width of the streets and sidewalks felt perfect for creating a pedestrian friendly environment. Today, Mr Lombardi owns 40 properties in the Wynwood Arts District and is the Co-Chair of the Wynwood Arts District Association.
Co-founder and Director for O-Cinema
Vivian Marthell Co-Director of O Cinema is a visual artist and arts administrator with a varied background. She has worked across the mediums of installation art, video art, photography, and science. Her experience in arts & non-profit management includes serving as co-director of Lab6 (formerly known as experimental art lab), Project Manager for Tigertail Productions, Arts administrators for Working Classroom in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was co-director of Inkub8, an open-share collective that unites visionaries from all fields and Noodle Bowl Media, an independent film production company. Vivian has written extensively about the arts, has lectured on "Art Activism" and on "The Artist & The Institution" at the Univ. of New Mexico and the Univ. of Miami. She has participated on a panel for the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture speaking on "The Working Artist/Strategies for Survival." She is co-founder and co-director of Living Arts Trust also known as O Cinema with two locations, Wynwood and Miami Shores.
WADA Executive Administrator
Jose Nava Lujambio is the current Executive Administrator of the Wynwood Arts District Association. After living in several cities in the US, Mexico, Colombia, and Canada, Jose finally settled in Miami in 2006. The experience of being raised in different countries in North and South America helped him develop a perspective on the imperative to provide architectural solutions for under-privileged populations. This exposure has led Jose to pursue an education in architecture and design as well as to volunteer in rural communities in Mexico and in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Jose has also worked for major international firms in Miami as well as in New York City, where he has further gained experience in the architecture and development professions.
Jose completed further studies in Urban Design at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in Paris. This influenced his interest in the redevelopment and urban transformation of the Wynwood Arts District. Jose has been involved with the Wynwood Arts District Association since June 2012.
Executive Director of Bakehouse Art Complex
ARLYS W. RAYMOND, Executive Director, began her tenure as Executive Director at the Bakehouse Art Complex in 2007 after nearly three years as a member of the Board of Directors and a brief time as interim director. In fall 2006, Arlys conceived and served as chair to the Bakehouse?s first large-scale, gala fundraiser to mark its 20th anniversary. Under Arlys? leadership, the Bakehouse has successfully conducted an annual fundraiser, simply titled Lucky You!, at which guests participate in a Chinese auction style art raffle containing over 80 original works created by Bakehouse and affiliate artists of note. Lucky You! is now an eagerly anticipated fundraiser in the community attracting artist donations, sponsors, and participants. Arlys has been instrumental in obtaining and oversight of essential capital funding for the physical plant?some 33,000 square feet of it?including, a $475,600 grant from the Miami-Dade County Office of Capital Improvements through the county's General Obligation Bond program and $250,000 from the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation for the exclusive naming rights to the Main Gallery. She has been the driving force behind the development of a strategic plan for the organization. Other smaller capital awards include funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for the silo mural project; Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs for update of the security and surveillance system; and the City of Miami for supplying air conditioning to the balance of the facility. She is a graduate of Babson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.