On Wednesday, April 24, Ximena Caminos, co-founder of Faena, welcomed 40 guests to her Miami Beach home for a private preview of The Underline’s art master plan. The event, supported by Goldman Sachs, featured SaLvación Mezcal, Naughty Tea, Ron Barceló and Whispering Angel wine. The food was prepared by Chef Camila Cardilo who has worked for Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe.
The evening kicked off with presentations by The Underline’s Founder and CEO, Meg Daly, Ximena Caminos, Galia Solomonoff of Dia: Beacon and Chief Development Officer, Amy Rosenberg.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, was mentioned as a major donor with their recent award of a matching grant of $500,000. Board member Debi Wechsler and her father, Norman Braman were applauded for their significant and visionary gift to help fund the master plan that will cost $7 million. “We are very excited to support public art that enhances community and civic engagement for Miami-Dade County residents, visitors and the rest of the world,” says Wechsler.
Curator, Ximena Caminos says, “Over the years, public spaces have become even more important to the experience of cities, creating opportunities for new platforms for social interaction and innovative urban design. I feel immensely honored to be able to contribute to this incredible project that will transform Miami-Dade County.”
Guests included Eric and Amy Sayfie Zichella; Jessi Berrin; Arden Karson; Mera and Don Rubell; Kinga Lampert; Carlos Betancourt and Alberto Latorre; Holly Lang; Jane Wooldrige; Paloma Teppa; Chad and Ilona Oppenheim; Ricardo Dunin and Marcella Novela; Dr. Roberta del Campo; Betty, Joe and Kate Fleming and Salma and Adil Rahmathulla.
About The Underline
Friends of The Underline (FUL) is a non-profit organization creating, managing, maintaining and programming The Underline, a 120-acre, world-class park spanning 10-miles below Miami’s Metrorail. The Underline’s trails, facilities, art and programming will connect people to nature and each other creating a safer, healthier, more mobile, equitable and sustainable community. For more information visit, www.theunderline.org and/or follow them on social on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @theunderlinemia.
History and Partnership
The land below Metrorail was purchased by Miami-Dade County in the 1970s to build the above-ground railway. In 2014 when Underline founder Meg Daly walked below Metrorail she recognized the opportunity to create a park from the neglected land.
The County’s project role is to procure contractors and build The Underline by phase. The first phase in the Brickell area is under construction and will be completed in 2020. Through an agreement approved by the Board of County Commissioners, Friends of The Underline will direct and support the operations, management and programming through private contributions.