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Clockwise: 1. Neruda: Poetry Salon at the Jazz Club Chat Noir.  2. Dramatic reading at the Olympia Theater. 3. History and Fiction Salon with Miami's Official Historian Dr.Paul George and DASS founder and novelist Raul Guerrero. 4. Media Salon featuring Nancy Ancrum Director editorial Pages at Miami Herald and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez at Miami Dade College. 5. Professor Debra Lieberman at Books and Books, the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. 6. A tango Happy Hour at CU-1 Gallery.  


Downtown Arts + Science Salon 

A combination of open university and a local social club, a place to exchange ideas on scientific innovations, technological trends, books, art, and society. And learn the tango or fencing. DASS is the opportunity to take a break from virtual reality and rediscover the art of conversation over a glass of wine. 

DASS started 5 years ago at an art gallery. When the building was sold, our business model changed for the better. Downtown Miami became our campus. SALONS take place at downtown iconic venues. For a Fall 2019 salon,  TANGO, for example, takes place at the historic Olympia Theater 's stage. 


DASS was founded in 2014 by novelist and journalist Raul Guerrero and Marc Schmidt, a cardiologist and award-winning photographer.  Raul Guerrero is the author of many fiction and nonfiction books, more recently CURIOSITIES, a collection of biographic essays on language, culture, and sex. Marc Schmidt's photography wone first prize at the Miami History Museum's Street Photography Festival. More recently he was the official photographer for the acclaimed movie The Florida Project, for which its protagonist Willem Dafoe was nominated for the Oscar.    


Raul Guerrero, Academic Curator

Aurea Veras, Managing Director



Salons evolved in Paris and other cities in Europe and America as an alternative to universities and rigorous scientific academies. The likes of Voltaire, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were regulars at Salons and firm believers that knowledge and pleasure (food, wine and a little flirting—derived from the French word for throwing flowers—were not incompatible, on the contrary, they complemented one another.

Consequently, the Miami New Times had to say about DASS: "The best place in Miami to met intelligent women." 


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