Five Crazy Art Facts You Never Knew About Miami's History

Categories: Art, Culture

The legendary Langston Hughes once read at a Miami funeral home.
Miami's got a lot of unique history. But in addition to the stuff everyone knows -- the Art Deco boom, Versace's murder, the causeway zombie -- there are lots of equally fascinating occurrences that almost no one is aware of.

The recently launched, Indiegogo-funded Mapping Arts Project is all about bringing awareness to this collective history by tracking where artists have lived and worked. Cultist spoke to artist, archaeologist, and project founder Lara Stein Pardo on some of the more obscure and offbeat facts about Miami's art antiquity. Top five after the jump.

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5. Dramatist, writer, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston once lived on a boat near the MacArthur Causeway.
Hurston is more associated with Fort Pierce, Florida, where she lived out the last part of her life. But the Their Eyes Were Watching God author had a Miami connection, too. "She wrote a letter describing how she would watch the sunset every night and walk over to what is now South Pointe Park and get a coconut and talk to people. I thought that was kind of amazing," Stein Pardo says.

4. Playwright Tennessee Williams once staged A Streetcar Named Desire at the Coconut Grove Playhouse.
Kinda sad that it's sitting empty, right? The property is still in limbo, awaiting funding for renovation.

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