The Leah Arts District to be unveiled on Sunday, May 17 with free block party 

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HIALEAH, FL (May 11, 2015) – The second largest city in Miami-Dade County, the city of Hialeah, is pleased to announce the unveiling of the Leah Arts District. This unveiling will be set off by #HIALEAHNOW; an event being dubbed as the introduction to this new area in Hialeah which now allows artist live/work spaces in addition to its existing uses. This area has long been familiar to South Florida creatives who have come into this part of Hialeah to visit its thrift stores. It will now serve as a viable option for artists looking for an affordable, safe, and centrally located area to have their galleries and workshops. The Leah Arts District also allows them the option of setting up living quarters.

The Leah Arts District is the vision of Councilman Paul B. Hernandez, who sponsored the ordinance that established the Artist Live/Work Overlay District. The resolution, adopted in December of 2013, establishes the boundaries for the Leah Arts District as East 9th street to East 17th St as its southern and northern boundaries and East 10th avenue to the railroad tracks as its eastern and western boundaries.  The ordinance gained the unanimous consent of the City Council and was ratified by the Mayor. Since that time, Councilman Hernandez has been promoting the area as a viable creative corridor and introducing it as a place for artists to call home. ”

This area enjoyed a great moment decades ago as the cornerstone of the garment industry. The unveiling of the Leah Arts District places this area on the cusp of its next great moment, embodying the future of progress for the City of Hialeah. I am so grateful to Mayor Carlos Hernandez and my colleagues on the City Council for their support and to JennyLee Molina for working arduously with me to carry out this vision,” said Councilman Paul B. Hernandez. 

Hialeah’s Southeastern industrial corridor rose to prominence during the 1980s as one of the largest and busiest areas of production and manufacturing in Florida. As a result of modernization combined with the effects of outsourcing, the uses that were once prevalent in the area dissipated and this particular area was all but abandoned. Since that time, a medley of different uses has been incorporated into the area including a heavy presence of some of Miami-Dade County’s most prolific thrift stores.

 These thrift stores have been instrumental in introducing Hialeah to an entire generation of antique lovers and artists. The Hialeah Artist Live/Work Overlay District, also known as The Leah Arts District, enjoys a strategic proximity to the newly proposed Hialeah Market Station development project, Miami’s artistic hubs, and other destination areas within Miami-Dade County. Because of its location and highly affordable price per square footage, Hialeah’s new Artist Live / Work District is in a position to play a vital and important role in the artistic and cultural development of not only Hialeah, but the entire South Florida community.

#HIALEAHNOW Community Block Party and Unveiling
Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 4 to 8 p.m.1501 East 10th Avenue, Hialeah, FL 33010E. 15th Street will be closed off for the event. Free and open to the public, free parking.

 PROGRAMMING
Food Trucks Curated by Burger Beast Music by Feral Fraction and KLANGBOX Radio Complimentary Heineken and Heineken Light from 4-5 p.m. Live Painting Curated by Life Is Art1973 VW “Hialeah Art Bus” Painted Live by Ernesto Maranje 

MURALS BY
Abstrk (Miami), Atomik (Miami), Derick G. (Hialeah), Diana Contreras (Miami), Don Rimx (PR / Miami), Ernesto Maranje (Hialeah) Junk Lainez (Hialeah), Kazilla (Miami), Mr. Dheo (Portugal),  NM Salgar (Miami), Trek6 (Miami). 

FOOD TRUCKS
Pincho Factory (soon to open in Hialeah), Daddy’s Grill, Mr. Good Stuff, Taco Fresh, Velvet Creme Doughnuts, Zombie Ice.