Miami BeachMiami Beach’s CANDO Arts Neighborhood (Cultural Arts Neighborhood District Overlay) was officially launched with a reception on Thursday, March 1st, 2007 at Parc Place South Beach Residences. Free and open to the public, the reception was be hosted by Mayor David Dermer and members of the Mayor’s CANDO Blue Ribbon Committee. The event featured performances by the Miami Beach Senior High Classical Quartet, singer Michelle Rui, and visual and performance artists. An initiative of Mayor Dermer to create incentives that attract and promote arts-related residential, retail and artist living/work space, CANDO is the first Cultural Arts Neighborhood District Overlay in the history of Miami Beach. Bounded by Lincoln Road, Meridian Avenue, 23rd Street and the Atlantic Ocean, CANDO includes cultural institutions such as the New World Symphony, Bass Museum, Miami City Ballet, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Art Center South Florida, art galleries and studios, hotels and public art installations. The area is home to annual arts shows such as Art Basel and Art Miami, as well as theatre and film festivals. The Blue Ribbon Committee, chaired by Nancy Liebman, is made up of artists and representatives of cultural institutions, arts related businesses, neighborhood associations, hotel owners and developers.