Attacks on journalism have diminished public trust. But trust in local media has remained high. Maybe a way to regain trust is by strengthening connections to local audiences.  The Photography Workshop and the Media Salon will help members of the downtown community to become citizen journalists, and as such a needed source for the general media. 

DASS in partnership with the Downtown Neighbors Alliance. Support from PEN America's Press Freedom Incentive Fund. 


Downtown Miami has some 100 thousand residents scattered around an archipelago of high-rises. We have opera, the Miami Heats, nightclubs and diverse restaurants. But not many places to gather for conversation with neighbors and develop a sense of community. 

Take a break from virtual reality

THe Downtown Arts + Science Salon (DASS) is the place for conversation over a glass of wine. We are a combination of TED Talks and a local Social Club. Like TED Talks, we believe in spreading great ideas under fifteen minutes, and a social club in the historical sense: a place for exchanging ideas on scientific innovations, books, art, technological trends and how to improve the neighborhood. Yes, take a break from virtual reality to reconnect with neighbors and rediscover the art of conversation.


And the Media Said?  

DASS is the best place in Miami to meet intelligent women. Miami New Times.

Miami's literary community gathered at the opulent Olympia Theater, long a mainstay of the city's small but dedicated creative class. The event, hosted by the Downtown Arts + Science Salon (DASS), drew hundreds of patrons for a dramatic reading of works by four local authors, accompanied by an experimental jazz quartet.

DASS' curator, author Raul Guerrero, says this is exactly the kind of "intellectual flirting" its members enjoy every month. Drawing on the concept of the salon, which flourished during the European Enlightenment and enjoyed a heyday during the Parisian jazz age of Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, DASS functions as a social club staging discusses ranging from science to literature and music. The Florida Book Review.

Learn the fundamentals of technical and journalistic photography. Instructors: architecture photographer and videographer Niels Johansen, and former Miami Herald photojournalist Angel Valentin.

April 25. 5:00 - 6:30 pm.   

A conversation on local news and citizen journalism with practicing digital, print and broadcast journalists. 

April 25. 7:00 - 8:30 pm. 

​Free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP.

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