The African diaspora comes to Art Week this year, from the Lagos, Nigeria, to Miami to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Now in its sixth year, PRIZM Art Fair will be showcase works by established and emerging artists of color, including some Miami-based practitioners, at its popular PRIZM Art Fair, 169 E. St. Flagler
Founded by Miami native Mikhaile Solomon, PRIZM is set from the glitz of Art. This year, 63 artists from 15 countries will be exhibited. Countries represented include the Bahamas, Barbados, Costa Rica, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States.
Solomon founded the fair after noting an absence of African-diaspora visual arts and aesthetic landscapes during Basel week. Her work, “The Dark Horse,” explores how the disenfranchised has surmounted the challenge to build a prosperous future. Peru-born artist William Cordova, who grew up in Miami, also takes on the intersection of futurism, ritual and folklore in his work “Transceivers: channels, outlets and forces.”
The program also includes thought-provoking discussions and films . It opens at 10 am Tuesday, with the Miami Downtown Development Authority from 4 to 8 pm The fair continues Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm Day passes cost $ 15; students pay $ 5. prizmartfair.com.
Other highlights include:  Wednesday, 4 to 5:30 pm, “The Living Legacy National Speaking Tour” panel discussion with Professors David C. Driskell and master painter Curlee R. Holton.
Among Jerry R. Moise, Valerie Noisette and Leroy Exil. Phelicia Dell, Danick Lemithe, and David Andre. Dell, whose works are known for their Haiti-inspired handbags while Andre, for his versatile men and women's clothing.
“Last year Haiti feels only artists, but this year it is also incorporating artisans and designers,” said Merline Joseph of the MJ Consultant Group, which is working with Haiti's cultural ministry to bring the artist in. “The minister really wants to promote not only the artists but the Haitian craftsmen. He wants to come back to work and hopefully support them. “
The art fair kicks off 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday with a free musical performance by Haitian Singer and Producer J Perry in the Caribbean Marketplace and runs through Sunday. All events will take place at Little Haiti Cultural Center and Caribbean Marketplace, 212 NE 59th Terr. The fair is curated by the Miami Herald Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Carl Just. Information at www.artbeatmiami.com;
On the diary:
- Thursday, Jean Michel Lapin, Haiti's minister of culture and communication, will moderate a “Conversation with the Artists” featuring painter Valerie Noisette from 6 pm to 8 pm Thursday, also in the marketplace
- Friday, the focus turns to food with the popular “Spice it Up Miami,” 7 to 10 pm with Haitian chef and author Nadege Fleurimond, mixologist Michou Mixo, Pedestal Dessert and Chef the Rose of CUBAOCHO. Cost is $ 65 and tickets can be purchased at http://www.spiceitupmiami2018.eventbrite.com
- Saturday offers another shanty Haitian and Caribbean cuisine, courtesy of six master chefs. The 2018 Chefs of the Caribbean Celebrity Brunch will feature singers Phyllisia Ross and Renette Desir. Dominique, Creole, Danny, Yvette Michelle LaCrette, Jouvens, Rose and Irie. Cost is $ 50. For more information, please visit: www.chefsoftheCaribbeanbrunch2018.eventbrite.com
- Saturday evening, the festival presents an open-microphone poetry event from 6 to 8 pm
- The fair concludes with Sip & Paint afternoon, noon to 8 pm Sunday. 19659024] More black art
- Africa Art Arts Fair Again showcases film, fashion and artwork from Dec. 5-9 in historic Overtown, noon to 8 pm daily. 920 NW Second Avenue; artafricamiamifair.com
- Photographer Marc Baptiste and the Haitian Heritage Museum present “Haiti a la Mode,” with an opening reception 6 to 9:30 pm Wednesday, 4141 NE 2nd Ave. The exhibit, seeking to change the narrative of Haiti by focusing on its positive offerings, runs through April 30. RSVP at thehaitianheritagemuseum.eventbrite.com
- The Miami Lab, 400 NW 26th St., presents “Let There Be Reggae,” a curated snapshot of reggae music and dance hall culture. The art of music, which runs through Friday, offers another chance for art and music aficionados to experience Caribbean culture during Art Basel. It opens Thursday 6-10 p.m .; tickets for the reception $ 25 with tickets available at https://www.lettherebereggae.com and at the door. Friday entry is free.
- Artist Damon Davis Creates a World of Deities of Color Reclaiming Their Identities through the Supernatural in the Afro-Surrealist Project “Darker Gods in the Garden of the Low Hanging Heavens.” The opening reception is Thursday, 7 to 10 pm, at 6300 NW Second Ave. From 4 to 5 pm Friday, Davis will participate in an interview with Phillip Agnew, artist and co-founder of Dream Defenders, and Patrisse Cullors, artist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter. The free exhibit runs from 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday.
- New Orleans comes to Miami as some of Louisiana's most gifted visual artists display their work at 7 to 10 pm., Friday at the Collective Roots Black House, 5505 Northwest 7th Ave. The event is free. RSVP at Eventbrite.
- “A Place to Say Sukii Exhibition 004” runs Saturday and Sunday at Smoke Signals Studio. Brunch and garden tea party, 11 am to 4 pm Saturday; open gallery Sunday 2 to 4 pm., followed by “Our Basel,” 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, $ 20 cover charge; RSVP required. Tickets at Aplacetocallsukii004.eventbrite.com. For a list of events go to www.ourbasel.com
- “Welcome to the Afrofuture,” a four-day art-and-performance activation hosted by The Urban, launches Thursday at 4 pm at 1000 NW Second Avenue in Overtown . Artists Nate Dee, Marcus Blake, Ceaux and Brandan Odums will paint murals of Overtown heroes Albert Dorsey Dana, Purvis Young, Clyde Killens and Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields. All events are free;
- The Crossroads: The African Diaspora in the Global Continuum, a discussion with Dr. Deborah Willis of New York University; Marilyn Holifield, Esq .; Rosie Wallace-Gordon, founder of Diaspora Vibe; and author Geoffrey Philp Friday at 1 pm; free. Through May 1, the hotel gallery presents “Wait Still: Photography in the Global Continuum.” RSVP@thebetsyhotel.com.
- The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami presents “AFRICOBA: Messages to the People,” marking 50 years since the founding of the black collective artist that helped define the 1960s and 70s. Curator Jeffreen M. Hayes and founding and early collective members will be on hand for a Dec. 6 opening celebration from 8-11 pm at N.E. 125th St., North Miami; //mocanomi.org. $ 20.
- The Rubell Family Collection presents 100 works by the late Purvis Young through spring. Free through Dec. 9, open 10 am – 6 p.m. 95 NW 29th Street; //rfc.museum/.
- Perez Art Museum Miami presents “Ebony G. Patterson … while the dew is still on the roses …” through May 5. 1103 Biscayne Blvd., 305-375-3000; pamm.org.
The Lowe Art Museum hosts a talk with Hank Willis Thomas at Noon, Dec. 9, at the University of Miami's Storer Auditorium. His presentation caps the Lowe Art Museum's annual Art Basel brunch, a bargain at $ 12.50. 10 am – 1 pm, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. www.lowe.miami.edu
- For more information about artist of color in Miami, see artofblackmiami.com