Founded in 2003 by a group of art dealers, artists and curators, Miami’s Wynwood Art District contains more than 70 galleries, museums and collections. On the second Saturday of each month, the neighborhood comes alive with its Art Walk event, during which studios and showrooms open their doors to the public to share art, music and refreshments.
Recently, the Real Estate Alumni Affinity Council (REAAC) of Florida International University (FIU) joined in the Art Walk activities, hosting its Second Annual Wynwood Real Estate and Art Tour.
According to Dan Berkovitz (BBA ’10), president, REAAC, more than 20 College of Business Administration students and alumni strolled through the area—with an eye not only to art but also to the real estate opportunities to be found in this thriving community.
Welcome to the SoHo of Miami.
The evening began with a networking event, followed with a tour led by David Lombardi, real estate investor with Lombardi Properties.
“Lombardi is an expert in the area—one of its original pioneers,” said Rafael Fermoselle (BBA ’09), vice president, REAAC, who planned and promoted the event. “He showed us some of his developments and talked to us about future projects. New art galleries and real estate developments are coming every month. The area is really feeling more like SoHo.”
Lissette Gonzalez, an architecture student with a minor in real estate, agrees.
“I’ve never been to the Art Walk before until REAAC organized this tour with Lombardi,” she said. “He’s a visionary and an inspiration for the arts and culture. As New York has SoHo, now Miami has the Wynwood Art District.”
Lawrence Srail (BBA ’09) is equally glad he attended the event.
“I had the opportunity to learn about an up-and-coming area in Miami that I had no idea existed, while getting the chance to make valuable contacts in the industry. I am looking forward to the next REAAC event.”
Interested in upcoming REAAC events?
Please contact Berkovitz for more details.