Deep Dive Excursions

Deep Dive Excursions

Wednesday, Oct. 28 // 6:15pm – 10:00pm // $50

Embark isn’t your typical conference. Sure, it’s filled with innovative thought leaders, transformative knowledge, and creative networking opportunities. But it’s also an experience designed to fully immerse you in Miami’s vibrant arts and culture.

On the evening of Wednesday, October 28, you’re invited on a Deep Dive Excursion. Each one is a specially curated private tour of iconic Miami institutions – museums, galleries, art spaces, and performance venues. A local celebrity will serve as your guide. After working up an appetite during a series of private tours, you’ll be served a tasty boxed dinner.

Deep Dive Excursions can be added during the registration process. Already registered? Email Liz Culkin at

Wolfsonian-Florida International University

Known for “thinkism”, this combination museum, library, and research center uses objects to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design, explore modernism, and tell the story of social, historical, and technological changes that have transformed our world. See a part of its collection of Decorative and Propaganda Arts from the Industrial Revolution to the end of the World War II. [Website]

New World Center

The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, campus sits in a public park ( where on Wed. night hundreds on the lawn will view a free movie on the 7,000 square foot outdoor projection wall “Wallscape”) You’ll attend a percussion concert rehearsal and tour this amazing Frank Gehry-designed building, with performance and presentation space.[Website]

Miami City Ballet

A private dance performance is on tap – a sampling from the company’s diverse and exciting repertoire. MCB’s renowned troupe flourishes as one of America’s most respected ballet companies. You’ll gather in the modern 3-story building where, in the studio and rehearsal space the resident company practices. [Website]

de la Cruz Collection

A privately owned contemporary art museum, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz open the doors freely to the public. The exhibition on tap in October, Beneath the Surface, features works by artists that redefined post-war movements, including New Abstraction and Figurative painting. The selections are “subjective representations of our new American landscape”. [Website]

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

A new museum, located in temporary space in the landmark Moore Building, already has a permanent collection featuring cornerstone moments in careers of significant contemporary artists; artworks selected to have a thematic relationship to the Miami region’s politics, culture and economics, show the artists’ impact on international contemporary art and represent their career achievement. [Website]

Craig Robins Collection

This private contemporary art and design collection, located in Robins’ spacious offices, represents a wide spectrum of artistic perspectives and mediums. Some of the artists in the collection are: John Baldessari, Richard Tuttle, Marlene Dumas, Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelly, Kai Althoff, Cosima von Bonin, Huang Yong-Ping, and Paulina Olowska. [Website]

History Miami

Its featured exhibit tells the Operation Pedro Pan story when more than 14.000 Cuban youths who came to Miami (Dec. 1960 -Oct.1962) unaccompanied, were met by relatives, friends, or special agencies to be relocated in Miami and 30 other states. At History Miami that night, you may even meet a former Pedro Pan. [Website]

Freedom Tower

The history of this iconic 1925 building represents a broad immigrant story that could only have happened in Miami. First, headquarters and printing facility for Miami Daily News; next a federal government processing center for Cuban refugees(1960’s), and currently a Miami Dade College center with a contemporary art museum and collegiate services. [Website]

Little Haiti Cultural Center

Emphasizing the rich cultural diversity of Afro-Caribbean culture, with a focus on Haiti ,the center facilitates and mounts art exhibits, presents poets, musicians, and artists of all genres, works to preserve historical and contemporary Haitian life through various forms of art, which you will see and hear that evening.

Plus, visit the new screen printing facility at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, courtesy of the de la Cruz Collection and EXILE Books. EXILE Books is a pop-up, artist’s bookstore that migrates throughout Miami, spending 2-3 months in each location. You’ll meet founder Amanda Keeley who will show you the new print shop and conduct a live printing demo!


NGen Excursion

For conference-goers 40 and younger, the NGen Excursion promises a night of surprises and fun, guided by the famous Weird Miami Bus tour.


The National YoungArts Foundation works to support and develop the next generation of visual, literary, performing arts, and design artists – and it has a campus worthy of its cause. In 2012, the foundation took over the iconic Bacardi Tower and Museum. Then, in collaboration with board member and legendary architect Frank Gehry, those buildings were transformed into a living education centers. You’ll explore the campus during an exclusive happy hour and be treated to a performance from some brilliant YoungArts alumni. [Website.]

Wynwood Arts District

The Wynwood Arts District is the former site of a dreary warehouse and manufacturing district. With the idea of re-purposing some of the run-down buildings into arts spaces, a spark of creativity ended up causing an explosive renaissance for the area. Now, it’s one of Miami’s hottest spots, home to more than 70 galleries, stores, bars, restaurants, and performance venues. You’ll be immersed in its unique magic. [Website.]

Tour Stops

Additional tour stops on the Weird Miami Bus are being finalized. Check back soon for more details. But don’t wait to reserve your spot!