My firm’s Spring edition of ONE Life magazine explores the Writer’s Room at The Betsey, a boutique hotel in South Beach. The hidden landmark connects artists to the local community. The creative haven or “Writer’s Room” at The Betsey nurtures and advances the cultural scene in Miami. The program centers on philanthropy, arts, culture and education, with a special focus on the literary arts. Coordinated by owner Jonathan Plutzik, the cultural programming is not a gimmick or a way to stand out among the sleek hotels lining Ocean Drive. It is a passion inspired by his own literary family.
More than 250 writers have been in residence in the Writer’s Room since its inception in 2012. As the only program of its kind in Miami, the Writer’s Room has received international attention and support, most notably from the Knight Foundation. The Miami-based foundation provided a Knight Arts Challenge grant of $60,000 as start-up funding for the project. The Betsy’s latest nod comes from the Academy of American Poets, which partnered with the hotel to fund a residency program for winners of AAP’s James Laughlin Award.
The community will be invited to meet the award-winning poets during intimate gatherings at The Betsy, the most intriguing of which are hosted in the underground B Bar style like a 1920s speakeasy. In its fourth season, the Writer’s Room is booking residencies for 2016 and beyond. The skyrocketing demand triggered an expansion into a second Writer’s Room scheduled for completion in late 2016. In the meantime, Miamians will continue to experience the talent of writers and poets of diverse backgrounds at this dynamic Boutique Hotel.
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