Art Basel, pronounced Baa-zul (rhymes with “mazel” tov), is an international festival celebrating art and fashion. With fairs in Basel (Switzerland), Hong Kong and Miami, the week-long event draws celebrities, art enthusiasts, tourists and (very) rich collectors.
How does this relate to me? Other than wanting to experience unique Miami events before I graduate (and possibly see Leonardo DiCaprio), for the last few years KIND has hosted a pop-up tent event combining food and art. As a campus rep in the area, I had the opportunity to work the event this year.
This year’s pop-up tent was called the KIND Cafe, featuring performances by youth artists, a gallery of their artwork, and, of course, complimentary KIND bars paired with craft beer, cheese and other drinks. The tent was located in the heart of Midtown Miami and right in the midst of Basel chaos. Traffic coming and leaving was laughably bad.
Upon entering the tent, visitors were given a flower in the hopes that they would “pick one and pass it on” to spread kindness. Inside there were different stations to view/purchase art, sample the bars, listen to music, take part in a unique post-it note mural and design their own KIND tote bag.
I might be biased but this would have been my favorite part of Art Basel if I attended, excluding the odd chance that I ran into Kylie Jenner, Leo or someone famous. Seriously, SO many big names were in Miami. The open-mic performers (all children) were fantastic. They would have soared past the “blind auditions” in The Voice.
Here are a few photos from inside the tent…bad lighting but you’ll get the gist.
My role for the event: spreading KINDness on the streets and inviting people to come visit our tent.
You could say the weather was great, if great meant pouring rain and awful humidity. It made for an interesting event set-up and an awesome shower later that night. Good thing I had my KIND rain jacket and umbrella to (attempt to) stay dry. My non-pictured Hunter rain boots came in handy too.
A few random notes:
-13: the number of times someone said “that’s so kind of you” when I gave them a bar. I never get told that….
-3: the number of people we saw smoking pot on the streets. Not bad for Miami.
-A man came up to me and asked if I wanted a ticket “for tonight’s event.” Based on the way he approached me (he said I was pretty) I assumed it was a ticket to a club or something sketchy. Turns out it was a VIP pass to an art show. I gave it to a friend who really wanted to go because all I wanted was a shower and dinner after my shift.
Saturday night confirmed how grateful I am to have worked for KIND during college. I’m not just saying this, I promise. Working for a company with a social mission has given my job a meaningful purpose, other than making money. Simple acts of kindness add up and can really make a difference in someone’s day.
Spread some kindness today, people!!!!
*Linking up to MIMM*