Part of the reason we began our blog was not only to discuss dental health, but also to keep you guys up to date on the latest local events and businesses. Part of supporting our Miami community means supporting the foundations, subcultures, and art within our community.
In observance of black history month, we want to talk about a Miami event that discusses the traditionally black subculture of jazz with the traditionally white subculture of skateboarding.
These two concepts seem totally different, but Mark Gonzales’ 1980’s project, Video Days, ties the two together. The thought behind the project is that these two art forms merge through the power of improvisation, and more importantly, the power in the freedom of expression. Every year during black history month, we’re reminded of the positive impact made by those who push boundaries by expressing themselves.
National YoungArts Foundation Presents
Jason Moran is an alumni of the National YoungArts Foundation, who was inspired to curate a show that blends jazz, skateboarding, and media. Moran conjured his idea from his childhood passions as a jazz pianist and composer, finding a connection between the American subcultures.
His art performance shows vert skating tricks set to the sporadic improvisation of jazz. The whole purpose of the display is to show the universal nature of improvisation and adaptation in the life of subcultures.
The idea was taken from the talented skater, Mark Gonzales, who improvised tricks to the music of John Coltrane. John Coltrane and Mark Gonzales are both considered revolutionaries in their field. They merely use different mediums to express themselves.
The Outside the Box performance will show some of Miami’s greatest street skaters with the professional skateboarder, Joel Meinholz, and famous skateboard photographer, Ian O’Connor at YoungArts Plaza. You can expect to be completely immersed in the art and sport of improvisation. The skaters will be performing tricks in a carved out half-bowl and half-pipe ramp that are specifically installed on the Young Arts Plaza.
However, you should note that this show is specifically curated for professional skateboarder only, and this isn’t open for public skaters.
- When is it? The live performance will take place on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM
- Where is it? The National YoungArts Foundation on 2100 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL.
- Admission? The 7 PM performance is free to the public.
Before the show, you can stop by the Salon Series talk, where you can get involved in a discussion with jazz artist, Jason Moran, and professional skateboarder, Mark Gonzales. They’ll discuss the creative motivation behind the show, as well as the power of improvisation.
The Salon Series will run from 5 pm – 6:30 pm, which will include pre-discussion cocktails. With that being said, general admission for the talk is $35, $28 for members, and $20 for students. If you have young kids, you should bring them along for an inspiring show and discussion.