Art Basel is a huge event that has all of South Florida a buzz every December. It involves thousands of galleries descending upon Miami to showcase their art to potential buyers and art enthusiasts. Art Basel attracts millions from all over the world. One of the things that makes Art Basel cool is its ability to draw A list celebrities like Beyonce and Leonardo Dicaprio. This year’s Art Basel took place from December 6th – 10th. The main event takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center however, there are other events that take place around the city to celebrate Art Basel.
I’ve never been able to attend Art Basel since it usually conflicts with work obligations. I was so excited when I was invited to the Sprint VIP Art House event a couple of weeks ago and was able to make it. They hosted local bloggers for a unique experience to kick off Art Basel weekend.
The Sprint Art Basel House event took place on the 7th and was special as it lead into the over 40 murals from 60 artists that would be featured at the Basel House over the upcoming days. This event featured artist, Ruben Ubiera, who is from the Dominican Republic and is known for his urban murals that are created with reclaimed-objects and found artifacts. The highlight of the Sprint event included the unveiling of Ruben’s iconic mural celebrating freedom, community, and connection.
This was a fun event that took place in Wynwood, the ever popular art district of Miami. The lounge setting was enhanced by the upbeat music from a DJ. There were various interactive stations throughout the event venue. Attendees could go to a station to learn how to do graffiti. There wasn’t a photo booth perse, however, there were plenty of props spread out to help people get inspired to take fun pictures. They had great food which was topped off by delicious ice cream from Sweet Melody.
I walked away from the event with a bag filled with goodies. It included a Sprint selfie stick as well as a portable charger (as a traveler, you can’t have too many of these). It also included a decanter. As an avid wine drinker, I really appreciated this gift. The bag also included a Florida Strong phone grip which was made of reclaimed wood from down trees as a result of Hurricane Irma. What a great way to make use of trees that were destroyed by the devastating hurricane.
Thank you to Sprint as well as South Florida Bloggers for this opportunity and experience. This was a great taste of what Art Basel has to offer. I’m already making plans for next year’s Art Basel which will take place from December 5th-9th. I’ll actually be in town during that time. Yay! I can’t wait to attend the main event next year as well as other events.
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