Marvin Weeks, left, and Roy Hardemon,

Marvin Weeks, left, and Roy Hardemon, in 2015 photos,  discuss their visions for a revitalized 18th Avenue. Already, colorful murals and mosaic statues have been placed in the area on buildings and in statues on vacant lots near Martin Luther King Boulevard. The men, along with business owners and several organizations say they’re creating the Broadway Arts District, which they hope will rival similar districts in Wynwood and South Beach. Their first Cultural Night Out will be held on Saturday.

Organizers of the Broadway Arts District are launching a Cultural Night Out in an effort to draw attention, and visitors, into visual and entertainment attractions in Liberty City.

The first event will be 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at 6214 take NW 18th Ave. Artist Marvin Weeks said subsequent activities will be held the fourth Saturday of each month.

According to Weeks, the initiative will start out on an open space at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard and Northwest 18th Avenue, and a goal of transforming the urban corridor with art, music and unique business concepts.

“The cultural night out is to engage the residents and local businesses to reassess the capacity and resources for change. The creative element in this community is dormant yet a vital part of abilities of residents,” Weeks said.

At the event, which is free, residents and visitors can enjoy visual art, music, spoken word, craft vendors and food trucks.

Weeks added that Cultural Night Out tis the prelude to a major presentation in the Broadway Art District in December during Art Basel to create a Pop Up Hub of creative structures on empty spaces in the same vicinity.

"This Is How It Can Be" is a demonstration project to show how culture and commerce can transform a community. The event will take place Dec. 3 to 10.

For more information please contact Weeks at 786-344-3268 or email at nuarc7@yahoo.com.

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