Newsletter # 76     September, 2014

In This Issue
Visit Miami Marine Stadium
PBS News Hour
Art History Mural Project
Fundaising Update
Marine Stadium Inspires
Dade Heritage Trust
Dade Heritage Trust (DHT) is the foremost organization in Miami-Dade County devoted to historic preservation. Formerly, DHT was the parent organization to Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, providing important advocacy and support as an administrative umbrella.
Since 2011, Friends of Miami Marine Stadium became an independent 501(c)(3) not- for-profit organization.For more information on Dade Heritage Trust, click 

Marine Stadium Presentations

The Miami Marine Stadium continues to attract not just local-but national attention. As we progress in fundraising mode, it is important for us to promote awareness.  


We recently made a presentation to the Antique Boat Museum of Clayton NY during their 50th Anniversary Celebration. We look forward to collaborating with them on the development of a satellite Maritime Museum adjacent to the Marine Stadium. We have an upcoming presentation at Princeton University.


We're always looking to "get the word out". To request a presentation for your group, just reply to this email. 


# of Marine Stadium presentations ....90      

Memory of Opening Night  

Since May 2009, we have been collecting memories of the Marine Stadium that we plan to publish in a book entitled,  IF SEATS COULD TALK.

Charles Strang is a legend in the field of boat racing. He was a Senior Engineer who worked for OMC, Mercury Motors-and was the man behind many new innovations in marine engines.He actually created the inboard/outboard engine.

He also had a great history with the Miami Marine Stadium and was present on opening night, December 27, 1963. You can read his story

# of Marine Stadium memories collected..........195      

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   Marine Stadium!

All contributions are extremely important. We urge you to consider making a tax deductible gift to Friends of Miami Marine Stadium. We have worked diligently for almost seven years. Your dollars exemplify the community/grass roots support we thrive on and will help us reach the tipping point You can use paypal by going to our Marine Stadium website and clicking on the paypal box in the upper left hand corner. You can also send a check to the address below:

Friends of Miami Marine Stadium 
7770 SW 31st Street 
Miami, FL 33155 
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To: Miami Marines


It's been a busy and productive summer. Here's what's new:

                            (c)Steven Brooke Studios




That's a question we're asked over and over again. Usually, the answer is "NO WAY" because the stadium is closed to the general public and patrolled regularly by the City of Miami police. Today, though, we have a special opportunity - we can finally say "yes!" Because of heavy interest, we suggest you act immediately! 


On Saturday, September 20, eight renowned street and mural artists will participate in a special event at Miami Marine Stadium. Members of the public can purchase tickets to the event, which includes an exclusive tour of the abandoned stadium, full access to the site as the new artwork is created, and a special photographic print of pieces created as part of the ART | History Mural Project - an innovative fundraising effort that is enlisting contemporary artists from around the world to help bring Miami Marine Stadium back to life.


The National Trust for Historic Preservation, which named Miami Marine Stadium a National Treasure, will serve as the host for the event. Confirmed artists include Crash, Tristan Eaton, Ron English, Reinier Gamboa, Logan Hicks, The London Police, Jose Mertz, and Johnny Robles. Known for her acclaimed work documenting the New York City graffiti scene of the 1970s and 1980s, award-winning photojournalist Martha Cooper will join the artists as they transform the stadium. Renowned videographer, Tom Akerman, will shoot material for a short film about the project. The video will be released later this year.

There are two tour times - 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM - and a limited number of tickets are available to the general public for $40 each. 




If you want to visit the Stadium, we suggest you purchase these tickets IMMEDIATELY because this event will sell out very soon! 

Marine Stadium Featured on PBS News Hour

On July 24, the PBS News Hour ran an informative and comprehensive news story on our efforts to restore the Marine Stadium. The 7 1/2 minute segment featured interviews with Gloria Estefan and Hilario Candela, architect of the Marine Stadium. The in-depth story provided coveted national exposure. Click
 here to see it. PBS also ran a companion story on Risk, one of the artists who has participated in the Art | History Mural Project.
An informative article about our Art History Mural Project is featured in the web magazine ArtSlant.            

More press is in the works, always proving extremely beneficial to us as we spread our message.
ART|History2014 Marine Stadium Mural Project
Events on September 13 + September 19
                                      Artist: ABSTRK

Event: Fundraiser for Miami Marine Stadium, Sale of Prints          of Street Art created at Miami Marine Stadium

When: Saturday, September 13 6 PM-10PM

Where: Greg Shienbaum Gallery
             2239 NW 2nd Avenue

To RSVP: copy and paste [email protected]
               as an email address or

We launched the  Art | History Mural Project on June 28. Through this project, street artists paint murals at the Marine Stadium-and then photograph them to sell limited edition prints as a fundraiser for the Marine Stadium. The initial launch generated an extraordinary amount of press, and inspired the PBS News Hour Story. To date, 15 artists have painted at the Marine Stadium and their work will be on display at the Shienbaum Gallery. For more information about the exhibit, open until October 11,
click here

We would like to thank Craig O'Neil for organizing this innovative and important project; and we thank our partners, the National Trust for Historic Preservation for their invaluable role in organizing all aspects of it. 
Fundraising Update
We are pleased to announce a generous donation of $210,000 from the R. Kirk Landon Foundation. This is the second major gift we have received from the highly respected Miami philanthropist. We not only appreciate  Mr. Landon's generosity, but also rely on his astute advice.

Friends of Miami Marine Stadium will continue making presentations to major sponsors and potential naming rights donors. We are pleased with the response from these presentations and they will continue over the next several months. 
Marine Stadium Inspires: 
Hattie Mae Williams  
                                    Hattie Mae Williams

We salute Dancer/Choreographer Hattie Mae Williams, and her troop, The Tattoed Ballerinas for their efforts to help us restore the Marine Stadium.

Almost 1 1/2 years ago, Hattie approached us for a letter of support for a grant application to the Knight Foundation. She was very excited about the Marine Stadium and she proposed a site- specific dance to be filmed at the Stadium that would generate interest and awareness for our cause. We "got it" immediately and of course offered our support.

In December, 2013, Hattie received the grant from the Knight Foundation through their highly competitive selection process. In May 2014, she held tryouts for dancers. In June, Hattie launched a kickstarter campaign to provide additional funding for the project. To raise additional funds Hattie put together a promotional video for Feast Miami.

Hattie and her troop just finished shooting the video at the Marine Stadium. We are excited to see the results and we'll let you know when it will be shown. This innovative project is going to generate LOTS of buzz...we've already had a front page story in The Miami Herald

If you would like to support, this film, which celebrates the amazing architecture, history and current happenings in the Marne Stadium-Hattie Mae WIlliams and the Tattoed Ballerinas are partnering with the Miami Foundation, who offer a tax deductible incentive to every donation made to TTB! You can join this movement and bring continued awareness to Miami's important community spaces through art.

The Miami Foundation
200 South Biscayne Boulevard, #505
Miami, FL 33131
in memo line: : Miami Sites Project/Hattie Mae WIlliams
any questions call 305-371-2711 

                                     The Tattoed Ballerinas 
This is a critical time for us, as we continue discussions with major donors and sponsors.

As always, we welcome your suggestions, thoughts, ideas and contributions. We're looking forward to a dazzling Fall.   
Friends of Miami Marine Stadium

                               The Shape of Things To Come.... 

Rendering by Arseni Varabyeu