Aaron Glickman shares his insight on the Miami Design District
Though I appreciate many neighborhoods throughout all of Miami-Dade, the neighborhood that has of late captured my imagination is the Miami Design District. The area is truly a neighborhood with houses and condos within walking distance from restaurants, shopping and galleries.
I often eat at MC Kitchen, Crumb and Parchment and Buena Vista Bistro. I ate at Harry’s Pizza just the other night and had drinks with friends a few weeks back at Oak Tavern.
Art plays a considerable role in the neighborhood with several significant galleries, a world class private collection and renowned experimental space.
Locust Projects has great lectures and installations. The venue allows artists the space they need to do large scale projects that are not commercial.
And keeping the neighborhood real – and by that I mean swampy – is resident artist Oliver Sanchez and his SwampSpace. Ollie is as genuine as they come and his space hosts exhibitions, and is also a workshop where some of the city’s best artists come to collaborate and build installations.
The Miami Design District has recently embarked on a new initiative that is very exciting. Site Specific is a performing arts series that takes performance out of the traditional theater and into the spaces of the Design District – structures like the stylish and hip Moore Building, the unique common areas of the 4141 Building, and the Garden Building’s rooftop garden located above Hermes. The series has hosted institutions like the New World Symphony, Florida Grand Opera and Miami Theater Center; and has also hosted independent performers like Juan C. Sanchez, Project [theatre} and Marie Whitman.
And then there’s the luxury shopping and design showrooms – the area is just cool, bottom line.
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Aaron Glickman is a creator/producer native to Miami. He has worked in South Florida media for the past 15 years documenting a regional transformation predicated on art and design. His digital media platform, www.Current.Miami, tells hyper-local stories through the use of video.
From 2007 to 2016, Aaron was the publisher of SocialMiami.com, a society-driven digital media platform. During that period, Aaron created content-driven strategies with many of the region’s most prestigious brands and institutions. He also served on boards and committees for several non-profits.
In 2017, Aaron produced and directed the feature-length documentary Miami Basel: Art’s Winter Playground. The film tells the story of Art Basel’s influence on Miami. Its world premiere in 2019 at the Miami Film Festival.
Prior to working in media, Aaron was a union stage actor. He studied Shakespeare in London and was a six-year member of Theatricum Botanicum, a classical theater company located in Topanga Canyon, California. In 2016, Aaron returned to the stage to tackle the role of Richard Sherman in “The Seven Year Itch” and is currently doing voice-over work for NBC.