HEAT to Support "Art of Basketball" Exhibit

Team Will Host “Live” Painting Event During Tomorrow Night’s Game vs. Wizards 

MIAMI, November 29th - The Miami HEAT announced today that it will support the “Art of Basketball”- an upcoming exhibition of original works of art painted on official Spalding NBA backboards - during tonight's game versus the  Washington Wizards. The evening will feature one “live painting” of a backboard by artists Willy "CHILLSKI" Perez and Enrique "SERO" Cruz outside of Section 114 on the main concourse of AmericanAirlines Arena. 

The Art of Basketball’s Curators Billi Kid and James and Karla Murray partnered with the New York-based Public Works Department (PWD) to showcase graffiti style street art on unique canvases—backboards which have been donated by the NBA. A portion of the net proceeds from the sale of the artwork will benefit NBA Cares. 

The first 36 pieces in the “Art of Basketball” collection will open to the public from December 2 through December 5 at 2048 N.W. Miami Court in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami, running concurrently with Art Basel Miami. 

The featured artists include:

Ahol Sniffs Glue Atomik & Sand One  Billi Kid
Blanco Celso Cern
Chillski Cope2 Crome
Daniel Fila Dash David Cooper
Ewok One 5MH Gaia James and Karla Murray
Joe Iurato J. Robles Junk
Miguel Parades NohJColey Peru Ana Ana Peru
Sero Skewville Shiro
Sofia Maldonado The Dude Company  UR New York
Ticky VS UWP Zame 131 Projects

More information is available online at http://www.artofbasketballmiami.com

About NBA Cares

NBA Cares is the league’s global community outreach initiative that addresses important social issues such as education, youth and family development, and health and wellness. The NBA, its teams, and players support a range of programs, partners and initiatives that strive to positively impact children and families worldwide. As part of the league’s mission to demonstrate leadership in social responsibility, NBA Cares reaches communities through philanthropy, hands-on service and legacy projects. Since October 2005 when NBA Cares was launched, the league, players and teams have raised more than $145 million for charity, provided more than 1.4 million hours of hands-on service, and built more than 525 places where kids and families can live, learn or play in communities around the world.  

The Miami HEAT is proud to have ASSIST-CARD as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2010-11 season.