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The Heritage Project returns for the 2021-2022 season – Celebration of Black artists in our community features free salons, annual festival and more!

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) is pleased to announce the return of THE HERITAGE PROJECT for the 2021-2022 season, including the return of the third-annual HERITAGE FEST to celebrate Black History Month in February 2022.

The Heritage Project was created by the Arsht Center with a commitment to promote social equality and amplify Black voices during an important time in our nation’s history. Beginning in September 2020, the Center hosted free monthly online discussions, with topics including Songs of Freedom, Afro-Latinx Music Experience, Black Perspectives on the Great White Way, Black Street Art + Black Lives Matter, Black Greek Step & Marching Band Traditions, The Business of Show and Songs of Freedom THE REMIX. All past salons can be viewed here.

The Heritage Project is presented with generous support by Bank of America and additional support by OutClique Magazine.

The Arsht Center celebrates Black artists in our community through The Heritage Project’s salon series, annual festival and other special events throughout the season.

The Heritage Project is one of more than 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 100,000 people throughout its 15-year history, the programs broaden community participation and open the sights, sounds and possibilities of the world through the performing arts. Programs include: Family Fest, a series of free performances for the whole family; Free Gospel Sundays, pairing Miami’s best gospel artists with nationally renowned gospel headliners; 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; Camp Broadway, a weeklong musical theater camp for kids; Step Into Dance Master Classes, dance workshops for the community presented in conjunction with our Knight Masterworks Dance series; Accessing the Arts Residencies, art workshops for children and adults with disabilities;  Arsht on the Road, a new series of free pop-up performances that bring the arts into Miami-Dade County’s diverse neighborhoods; and Arsht@Work, free professional development workshops for all industries.

The 2021-2022 season of The Heritage Project includes the following:




Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.



The second season of our Heritage Project series kicks off with The Afro-Latinx Music Experience – Parte Dos. Part 1 of the discussion took place during our inaugural season, and the conversation will continue in October with Parte Dos, an exploration into the evolution of Afro-Latinx music from the 1990s through today. This talk will unpack the challenges of navigating the Afro-Latinx experience within the music industry while spotlighting salsa, reggaeton and hip-hop.

Watch The Afro-Latinx Music Experience HERE and RSVP HERE to join us for The Afro-Latinx Music Experience Parte Dos.




Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.



The Heritage Project’s Black Hollywood: Imagery & Perspectives will dissect the narrative and portrayals of Black people in films such as Birth of a NationLove Jones and Black Panther. Acclaimed panelists will look at a variety of tropes, clichés, themes and stereotypes from Black Hollywood’s beginnings through the present. RSVP for the virtual discussion will be available on October 18. Additional information HERE.




Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Thomson Plaza for the Arts


Join us to uplift Black voices at our third annual Heritage Fest!

This free community event was designed to spotlight, celebrate and amplify artists representing the African Diaspora in our community. Heritage Fest 2022 presents an afternoon of free, fun-filled activities for the entire family. Enjoy performances by local artists, sample delicious bites from a variety of food vendors and jam to the beats pumping from the dance floor.

The full schedule for Heritage Fest 2022 will be announced soon. RSVP will be available on December 13. Additional information HERE.




Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 5 p.m.

In-person and online


The Heritage Project’s Race, Intimacy and Expression in Dance discussion will delve into the intersectionality and overlapping identities of Black and indigenous dancers and choreographers who are part of the LGBTQAI+ community. We will identify structural systems of oppression and examine how experiences of marginalization and social injustices have influenced iconic choreography, while exploring those who shattered societal norms.

This salon will be presented in person in our Peacock Foundation Studio and online via Zoom. RSVP for both formats will be available on December 13. This salon is part of Heritage Fest 2022. Additional information HERE.



Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 5 p.m.

In-person and online


The Heritage Project closes out its salon series for the season with Caribbean DJ Culture & Influence. This salon will explore how DJs have influenced and shaped the music and party vibes of Caribbean culture. It will discuss the rise of minority talent within the DJ industry, and explore how various island music like reggae, calypso, soca and kompa have influenced the music community.

This salon will be presented in person in our Peacock Foundation Studio and online via Zoom. RSVP for both formats will be available on February 3. Additional information HERE.