illuMia is an urban illumination project that transforms the city (its streets, buildings, public spaces) into the community's canvas and invites everyone to explore and interact with the places that usually serve as a backdrop to everyday life.

The creative work showcased at each illumination event features community-created art from five of Miami's core neighborhoods: Overtown, Wynwood, Liberty City, Little Haiti and Little Havana. In addition, a portion of each illumination event will be powered by solar energy, showcasing how this technology can be used to solve some of our community's challenges. 

This creative placemaking project began in early 2017 with generous support from ArtPlace Americas.

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The first illumination experience, unveiling the first series of community art, is occuring during Arsht Center's ArtsLaunch: September 9, 2017, 7pm-9pm at Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132). 

Creative Placemaking is...
an evolving field of practice that intentionally leverages the power of the arts, culture and creativity to serve a community’s interest while driving a broader agenda for change, growth and transformation (including policy) in a way that also builds character and quality of place. (-Toronto Artscape)

illuMia is inspired by amazing global events and installations. Each of illuMia's installations and workshops will use light as an art medium and seeks to explore our community's relationship with energy. 

illuMia strives to put the power of solar into the hands of everyday people and inspires them to see the city as a canvas for community expression. The work is intended to drive greater community involvement, inclusion, advocacy and resilience.


We are excited (and lucky) to work with a growing list of partners as we bring this to life:



Arsht Center



Community Justice Project

New Florida Majority

Ludovic Roche (PWRstation)

Valery Augustin

Special Thanks

illuMia is generously supported by ArtPlace America


We are grateful to our Board of Advisors (aka illuMia's Brain Trust):

Susana Siman (Brain Trust Leader), I'Tita Alexander, James Brazil, Dimitry Chamy, Ric Herrero, Rebecca Mandelman, Jorge Perez Gallego, Rafael Saldaña, Marte Siebenhar