ArtPlace America Donates $350K to Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center and O Cinema
ArtPlace America, one of the nation's largest organizations committed to creative place-making, is investing $350,000 in new grant dollars for culturally-based development and programming in Miami's urban core. The Adrienne Arsht Center has been awarded a $250,000 grant to establish an Office of Neighborhood Development in association with the Town Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (TSNDC), making it one of the first performing arts centers in the country to have an office dedicated to the development of its surrounding community. O Cinema, Miami's premiere venue for independent, foreign, and art films, has been awarded $100,000 for the development of Cine Al Fresco, a sustainable green space and outdoor theater in Wynwood. ArtPlace America selected the organizations from a pool of more than 1,200 applicants.
The grants come as Miami's urban core emerges as one of the most vibrant cultural districts in the Americas, home to major arts institutions, arts-relatEd Galleries and businesses, and educational institutions concentrated in the arts. The allocations are part of ArtPlace America's third cycle of grant awards. All told, the organization has awarded 134 grants to 130 projects in 90 communities and states for a total of $42.1 million.
The Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which believes in the power of the arts to engage communities, has been a founding funder of ArtPlace.
"These two investments exemplify the best of Miami's cultural community - with civic leaders coming together to ensure a prosperous future for Miami's cultural center and a small movie house bringing the arts to the surrounding neighborhood," said Dennis Scholl, VP/Arts at Knight Foundation. "Without a doubt, Miamians know the value of vibrant communities, and ArtPlace helps ensure they happen."
The Arsht Center's Office of Neighborhood Development will collaborate with all agencies and organizations that have an impact on downtown Miami's rapidly-changing arts and entertainment district, including Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Florida Department of Transportation, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, the Miami Downtown Development Authority, and private property owners in the area. This is the Arsht Center's second ArtPlace grant. In 2011, it received $300,000 that enabled the creation of the TSNDC- a nonprofit created by the Center to lead its neighborhood's transformation. The TSNDC has commissioned an aspirational master plan that envisions a thriving arts district. The new grant will enable the Center with TSNDC to continue to expand on that vision with collaboration from area stakeholders.
"The Adrienne Arsht Center has helped enliven downtown Miami to the tune of billions of dollars in new development and tens of thousands of new residents," said TSNDC Chair Armando Codina. "Miami is now viewed as one of the world's great cities for arts and culture and downtown is leading that rise. This ArtPlace America grant will enable us to commit additional resources for sparking smart development and collaborating with our neighbors."
"Projects and plans for this area are materializing on almost a daily basis. It's important that the Arsht Center remain at the forefront of our downtown Miami neighborhood's creative evolution," said Mike Eidson, Chairman of the Arsht Center's Board and Treasurer of the Town Square Neighborhood Development Corporation's Board. "We want to get it right the first time and transform this emerging cultural district into a local and global destination everyone in Miami-Dade County can be proud of."
Located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District, O Cinema will use its ArtPlace grant to create Cine Al Fresco - an initiative in which its outdoor area will be converted into a sustainable green space and "outdoor theater" offering ongoing films, performances, and other events under the stars for the diverse community along Miami's urban core. As part of the Cine Al Fresco programming, O Cinema we will be offering a regular slate of free films throughout the year and collaborating with area artists and cultural organization to showcase performances and events that will add to the vibrancy of Wynwood and the Biscayne corridor.
"Since our inception, we have strived to improve the quality of life of our community through increased access to the cinematic arts. The much-needed green space and on-going outdoor films and events that Cine Al Fresco will create, will help make Wynwood a better place to live, work and visit," said Vivian Marthell, Co-Director of O Cinema "We intend to continue to use film and the arts as a vehicle to not only entertain and educate but as a way of bringing those who come here to revel and the residents who call Wynwood home together as one community."