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New MIA exhibit celebrates The Rhythm Foundation’s 30th year

Front Row to the World features international performers in Miami over the years

Miami International Airport – Miami-Dade County’s gateway to the world – is now home to a gallery of portraits that celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Rhythm Foundation, the award-winning local non-profit organization that showcases international artists in South Florida.

Front Row to the World, an exhibition of 15 concert photographs near Gate D31 by Peruvian-born and Miami Beach-based photographer Luis Olazabal, illustrates some of The Rhythm Foundation’s most memorable performances. Through concerts and festivals by established and innovative artists – many of which are Florida and U.S. debuts - The Rhythm Foundation has become one of the foremost presenters of world music in the country. A special focus is given to cultures that connect with South Florida audiences, such as music from Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. Front Row to the World will be on display at MIA through October.

The large-scale portraits embody the energy and spirit of each performer, making ephemeral moments concrete; each capturing an artist transported by the intense communion they share with their instruments, supporting musicians and audience.
The Rhythm Foundation Executive Director Bianca Moura
In addition to enhancing the travel experience with rotating art exhibitions, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department supports local organizations like The Rhythm Foundation that promote our diverse South Florida community through arts and culture. The Foundation and Miami International Airport share the same goal of connecting cultures and people from around the world, which is why we are proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola

Front Row to the World continues the primary mission of the Aviation Department’s Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Division to humanize and enrich the airport environment through the commission of contemporary artwork and the presentation of exhibitions in various media that communicate culture, environment and art resources of an international scope. To learn more about other exhibits in the MIA Galleries, visit

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