Public art, safer streets, new gallery and studio space for artists are coming soon to the City of Miami Beach and Miami’s burgeoning Wynwood Arts District, thanks to a substantial grant from ArtPlace.
One grant goes to the Bass Museum for “TC: Temporary Contemporary,” a public art projects program that will bring recognized contemporary artists to create temporary, site-specific artist projects within the City Center/Arts District, a roughly 40-block district located within South Beach.
The program is intended to activate the urban landscape with art, surprising and engaging residents, visitors and passers-by with outdoor works of art in unexpected places. Sculpture, murals, sound installations, video and other interactive works of art, will interrupt people’s daily routines and encourage thoughtful interactions with the city and its communities. Public art becomes a catalyst to appreciate the unique character of Miami Beach.
Wynwood Arts District has been undergoing unprecedented transformation through the visual arts over the past decade. The Wynwood Arts District Association (WADA) sees the creation of a BID as key in improving the walkability and safety of the neighborhood and establishing the Wynwood district as the epicenter of the arts and creative businesses in Greater Miami.
WADA will receive a $140,000 grant from ArtPlace, a new national collaboration of 11 major national and regional foundations, six of the nation’s largest banks, and eight federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S. A $385,000 grant will also be going to The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse. Funding will support the activation and stabilization of the multidisciplinary cultural center, which supporters call a true home for artists in the community. This 12,000 square foot space includes a shared workspace, a flexible 150-seat theater, an ample rehearsal room, galleries and shared meeting space.
“Across the country, cities and towns are using the arts to help shape their social, physical, and economic characters,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “The arts are a part of everyday life, and I am thrilled to see yet another example of an arts organization working with city, state, and federal offices to help strengthen and revitalize their communities through the arts. It is wonderful that ArtPlace and its funders have recognized this work and invested in it so generously.”
ArtPlace received almost 2200 letters of inquiry from organizations seeking a portion of the $15.4 million available for grants in this cycle. Inquiries came from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands.
A complete list of this year’s ArtPlace awards can be found here.