The Downtown Underground—Top 3Guided Art Tours

DWNTWN ART DAYS | September 11-14


Saturday, September 12 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Every 30 min) | MCAD| Free and open to the public 

EXILE Books and Miami Lighthouse for the Blind join forces to lead guided, blindfolded tours of the Old U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, currently known as the Miami Center for Architecture and Design.

Using a mobility cane and heightened senses, explore the way individuals with visual impairments experience architecture. Attendees will learn to better focus on the sounds and sensory experiences of our unique landscape, altering their relationship to each the building and our city’s architecture.

Guided by Amanda Keeley, Founder of EXILE Books, the tour will shed a light on EXILES’s latest exhibit, LISTEN TO THIS BUILDING,  providing participants with an insider perspective.


Saturday, September 12 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm | MCAD | Free and open to the public.

In its fourth year, Fringe Projects continues to explore Downtown Miami through innovative temporary public art projects.  Treating the City of Miami as a platform, these temporary public artworks integrate, investigate and interrogate Downtown Miami’s less conventional spaces at sites determined by the artists.

Also, see: Fringe Projects 2015 

Walk the streets of Downtown  through the three works included in this year’s Fringe Projects.  EXILE founder, Amanda Keeley joins  Fringe Projects curator, Amanda Sanfilippo will share their insigh engage participants in conversations about art in our cityscape.

Detour: Also stop by Alejandro Mendozs Giants in the City inflatable public art installation taking over Bayfront Park.


Sunday, September 13 | 11:00am – 12:00pm | Olympia Theater | Free and open to the public

Miami’s 1926 Movie and Vaudeville Palace – the Olympia Theater –  is center stage on a guided tour that covers 89 years of film, entertainment and Downtown Miami history on a guided tour that climbs to the top of the balcony and down to the basement and everything in between.


Artist T. Wheeler Castillo’s series of walking tours exploring Downtown Miami through the perspectives of artists who work in or make work about this dynamic neighborhood.

First come, first served. Register with artist name in the title of an email at [email protected].

Tours run over an hour, walking and public transportation used between sites.

Friday, September 11 | 4:30pm – 8:00pm | PAMM | Free with RSVP

Explore listening as an exercise through artists projects and perspectives.

“To listen is not always to hear.” Lawrence English

Sunday, September 13th, 2015 10:00am – 3:30pm | Turn-Based Press  | Free with RSVP

Artists Nick Gilmore and T. Wheeler Castillo will be discussing Gilmore’s project Paper Pavement, walking the locations documented (with use of a steamroller), and their relation to the surrounding area. Attention will be given to buildings and their history/current use, the railroad, and how it all relates to the area’s development.

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