Miami Cultural Sites

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Lyric Theater
DESCRIPTION: Fully renovated, this two story masonry Vaudeville and movie theater was Miami’s primary venue during the Chitlin’ Circuit era. It was built by prominent black entrepreneur Gedar Walker in 1915, it represented the apex of African American entertainment and social life; note the Miami Times mural on the site and frequent poetry slams.
ADMISSION: varies by event
ADDRESS: 819 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-358-1146

Mal-Jonal Productions
DESCRIPTION: Performs musical docudramas of positive role models such as Ella Fitzgerald; warmly appreciated performances are held at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium; call for events calendar
ADDRESS: 16713 SW 107th Place, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-253-4061

Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue and Park
DESCRIPTION: Though it’ sculpting appears a bit robotic, the MLK memorial statue, nonetheless, makes a strong impression and is aptly surrounded by inviting palm trees. The finishing touch is its location in a popular park bearing Dr King’s name.
ADDRESS: NW 62nd Street at 32nd Avenue, Miami, FL MAP

African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1975, this cultural venue teaches dance music, drama and photography to local children; a special treat is that many night classes are taught by resident artists
ADMISSION: donations appreciated
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-6p
ADDRESS: 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-638-6771 or 6838

Inner City Children’s Touring Dance Company
DESCRIPTION: Founded 1973 by Florene Litthcut; the dance company teaches creative movement to children 18 months to 6 years of age, ballet, tap, and Katherine Dunham techniques, Lindy Hop, West African dance and percussion; Artz ‘N’ The Hood program; the company is hosted in the Carrie Meeks Cultural Center which is a 21,000 square feet facility that features 8,700 square feet of cultural space, a black box theater with stadium style seating for 200; two dance spaces with “sprung” floors, a game room, fitness area, multipurpose room for 300 people, 3 classrooms, surround sound in all the rooms
DAYS & HOURS: Office Mon-Fri 6p-9p, Sat 10a-3p
ADDRESS: 1350 NW 50th Street, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-637-8200

Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1977 by Dorothy J Fields; history research center for African American life in Dade County, the foundation also played a leadership role in the restoration of the Lyric Theatre and is planning to develop the Historic Overtown Folklife Village; located inside Joseph Caleb Auditorium, which is named after a Black union leader who was murdered for speaking out about injustices; the frequent venue for performing arts was designed by a Black architect
ADMISSION: donations appreciated
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 5400 NW 22nd Ave, Bldg C, Suite 101, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-636-2390

Miami Times
Black weekly newspaper printing since 1923, is the oldest African American owned newspaper in South Florida; it represents the conscious of the community with an unflenched reporting of tough issues
ADDRESS: 900 NW 54th Street, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-757-1147

Edwin Holland School of Dance
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1984, the school offers Jazz, Tap and Ballet classes to students 3 & up; Hip-Hop classes in the future; annual performance at Barry University in Miami Shores and many other cultural events including National Night Out, Dade County Youth Fair, and Black History celebrations
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 7:30a-6p
ADDRESS: 13631 NW 7th Avenue, Opa-Locka, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-685-0037

Prince Hall Shriners Temple #149
DESCRIPTION: The sacred brotherhood of shriners has an attractive landcaping in front
DAYS & HOURS: membership only
ADDRESS: 500 Fisherman Street, Opa-Locka, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-688-5220

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