A Public Affair

Tulip, 1971, Karel Appel. West Dade Solid Waste Transfer Station. 72nd Avenue and SW 29th St

Our city loves its culture. A passion for art has fueled Miami’s economy for well over a century, and thankfully, local government has made it a point to support the arts through public works.

In 1973, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs launched the first public art program in the county and has consistently provided exceptional programs and services ever since.

Here are some of the county’s public arts projects.

 

Art in The Park | The SoundScape Cinema

Art in the Park, brought to you by the City of Miami Beach, hosts SoundScape Cinema Series. The series, which takes place on Wednesdays at 8p.m. at the ExoStage on the corner of 17 Street and Washington Avenue, is open to the public, no ticket required.

The Exostage is located within the New World Center,  a 2.5 acre public park designed by Dutch Pritzker Prize winning architect, Frank Gehry. It is home to the New World Symphony, one of South Florida’s leading cultural institutions.

Public Installment | Adrienne Arscht Center

Pharaoh’s Dance, 2006. Rustic Terrazo, glass, bamboo, and colored lights. Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet House Plaza

Every Monday and Saturday at noon, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County hosts free insider of tours of one of the most successful and culturally diverse public art installations in the sponsored by American Airlines. The Art in Public Places installations embedded at the Adrienne Arscht Center were created by world-renowned artists Jose Bedia, Cundo Bermudez, Gary Moore, Anna Valentina Murch, and Robert Zakanitch.

Tours last one hour and depart from the lobby of the Ziff Ballet Opera House. For information, call (305) 949-6722.

Miami-Dade Art in Public Places

Ghost Palms, 2007. Norie Sato. International Baggage Claim Area

The Department of Cultural Affairs  funds art projects that improve the quality of public spaces.

Their recently-extended curriculum now includes over 700 art installations in locations all over Miami-Dade, including fire stations, libraries, police stations, public housing developments, community health centers, Metrorail and Metromover Stations, the Port of Miami, Metro Zoo, and Miami International Airport, to name but a few.