New York City may have the best cultural scene in the world, but there’s a lively debate among culturalistas about which city might be second in the USA. Ten years ago, Chicago, LA, Philadelphia and Boston would be obvious contenders. But today, arguably, the Miami area could be numero dos.
- Momentum took off in 2002 with Art Basel and satellite fairs that joined in like NADA, Pulse and Design Miami
- The Wynwood Arts District was born with the greatest concentration of street art in the country.
- The Perez Miami Art Museum (PAMM) reopening in 2013 with it’s new, magical Herzog & de Meuron designed building
- The Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center is 10-years old and thriving, offering world-class performances and arts events. And plans a 10-year, $600 million reconstruction project to further connect it to downtown Miami’s urban development.
- Miami City Ballet has become one of the largest ballet companies in the United States.
- New World Symphony is a one-of-a kind Miami institution housed in none-other than one of Frank Gehry’s gems.
To house and entertain these new more art-centric residents and tourists, starchitects including the late Zaha Hadid are transforming the skyline, creating dazzling architectural creations such as the FAENA District, The Design District, and the main campus of the National YoungArts Foundation.
- Miami-Dade Art in Public Places, begun in the 1980s, has come a long way with art exhibits all over the city.
- Major private benefactors to the arts community, like The Knight Foundation.
- Smaller funding groups that also help Miami’s cultural growth, like The Funding Arts Network (FAN)
“The remarkable explosion of the arts in Miami has made our role as an arts-support organization even more important,” says Deborah Hoffman, Founding President of FAN. “The future holds even more promise that these diverse and exciting cultural opportunities will continue to enrich our lives.”
Is Miami’s culture scene superficial and a passing-by fad? I think NOT! And also thank you for featuring one of our photographs in your article 🙂