Press Release The Heritage Project returns with two free in-person salons, plus Heritage Fest and Juneteenth Juke Joint!

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County announces

The Arsht Center’s celebration of Black artistry in our community returns with two free in-person salons:

Recognizing Caribbean influence in music and culture ahead of Miami’s Carnival season
October 5, 2022

A conversation with local poets, writers and educators discussing their perspectives on freedom
April 5, 2023

Also returning this season:

Free family-friendly celebration of artists from the African Diaspora in our community
February 4, 2023


The second-annual celebration of Black music, food and freedom
June 15, 2023

Miami, FL – September 8, 2022 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) is pleased to announce the return of THE HERITAGE PROJECT, the Center’s series celebrating and amplifying Miami’s Black community, culture and heritage. THE HERITAGE PROJECT was created with a commitment to promote social equality and spotlight Black artists in our community through the Project’s salon series, annual festival and other special events throughout the season.

Free tickets for the first Heritage Project salon will be available beginning today at Sign up for Arsht Center emails here and be sure to select “Community & Free Events” to be the first to know when tickets for subsequent events become available.

To watch THE HERITAGE PROJECT salons from the 2021-2022 season, click here.

THE HERITAGE PROJECT is made possible with generous support from Bank of America.

Performances and events for the 2022-2023 HERITAGE PROJECT series include the following:

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Peacock Foundation Studio (Ziff Ballet Opera House)

In anticipation of Miami's extremely popular Carnival weekend, the 2022-2023 Heritage Project season series kicks off the celebration with an in-depth, in-person look at Caribbean music, culture and influence. This conversation will be moderated by Dr. Mary, founder of Dr. Mary Media Services, a social media company that amplifies Caribbean events in the South Florida community. Panelists include Dony Felix, educator and Caribbean music artist; Tanto Irie, HOT105 Reggae Runnins host and President/CEO of Reggae Runnins; and DJ Killa Mike, DJ and co-owner of Prodigy Movements.

Admission to The Heritage Project: Caribbean Music, Culture and Influence is free, however, first-access passes* are required. First-access passes will be available starting today.

Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 3 p.m.
Thomson Plaza for the Arts (Ziff Ballet Opera House)

This free community event was designed to spotlight, celebrate and amplify artists from the African Diaspora in our community. Join us for our fourth annual Heritage Fest, an afternoon of free, fun filled activities for the entire family. Enjoy performances by local performance and visual artists, check out the vendor marketplace featuring products and services by Black creatives and entrepreneurs, and jam to the beats pumping from the dance floor.

Admission to Heritage Fest 2023: Black Resistance is free, however, first-access passes* are required. First-access passes will be available starting January 3, 2023.

Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 7 p.m.
Peacock Foundation Studio (Ziff Ballet Opera House)

In honor of National Poetry Month, this Heritage Project salon will highlight the continuum of wordsmiths lending their voices and their pens toward the ongoing movement for Black diasporic freedom. This discussion will focus on the spoken and written word. We will hear from local poets, writers and educators as they discuss their perspectives on freedom.

Admission to The Heritage Project: Words of Freedom – A Tribute to National Poetry Month is free, however, first-access passes* are required. First-access passes will be available starting March 6, 2023.

Thursday, June 15, 2023
Peacock Foundation Studio (Ziff Ballet Opera House)

After a sold-out event in 2022, the Juneteenth Juke Joint returns in 2023 for a second celebration of Black music, food and freedom! Stay tuned for details and tickets. Watch a video of last year’s celebration here.

THE HERITAGE PROJECT is one of the 10 ongoing Arsht Center programs committed to community engagement and deepening the experience of the performing arts for all Miami-Dade County residents. Having served more than 105,000 people throughout its 16-year history, the programs broaden community participation and open the sights, sounds and possibilities of the world through the performing arts. New programs include: Broadway on Biscayne, a series of pre-and post- performance experiences giving audiences a closer look at the shows; and Club Broadway which brings together a cohort of teen Broadway enthusiasts for shows and workshops. Existing programs include: Free Gospel Sundays, featuring Miami's best gospel artists and nationally renowned gospel headliners; Family Fest, a season of free performances featuring the world's leading family-friendly artists; AileyCamp Miami, a full-scholarship, six-week summer dance camp which uses dance as a vehicle for the personal development of young people; CommuniTea Dance, an annual celebration honoring Miami's LGBTQ+ community; Knight Masterworks Classical Conversations, a series of free lectures which give the audience insight into the musicians, composers and history of music presented in our Knight Masterworks Classical Music series; Accessing the Arts Residencies, art workshops for children and adults with disabilities; and Arsht on the Road, a series of free pop-up performances that bring the arts into Miami-Dade County's diverse neighborhoods.

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*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit for up-to-date information.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from individuals, corporations and local, state and national foundations.


Set in the heart of downtown Miami, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is committed to welcoming and connecting ALL people to the arts, to the Arsht Center and to each other. Our stages are alive year-round with artists from around the world, innovative programming from our resident companies and local arts partners, free community events that reflect Miami’s unique identity and arts education experiences for thousands of Miami children each year.

 Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has been recognized as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area, a leader in programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, a host venue for historic events and Miami’s hub for arts education.

Each year, we serve more than 60,000 young learners and offer more than 100 culturally diverse and inclusive education programs — many enhanced by the Arsht Center’s relationship with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, local teaching artists and Miami-based arts organizations.

The Arsht Center is also a home stage for three resident companies — Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony — and a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage. Our 300+ events each year include the Center’s Signature Series of classical, jazz, Broadway, local theater and much more. We present a robust series of touring Broadway musicals direct from New York, the largest jazz series in South Florida, a major annual Flamenco Festival and an award-winning Miami-based theater program. In addition, our Family Fest, Free Gospel Sundays, CommuniTEA LGBTQ+ celebration and Heritage Fest are among dozens of free events that bring together people from all corners of our community. For more information, visit


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