Frost Science Museum. Photo by Robin Hill (c).
April 2018 — One of the most notable aspects of Miami is its rich culture. Each year, the city welcomes both national and international guests for events such as Art Basel and Miami Music Week to experience firsthand the vibrant arts and lively cultural offerings. Although exciting and unique, these events have attracted visitors only during a certain season rather than year-round. With the recent increase of investments and developments in the area, however, Miami’s once-seasonal arts and culture festivities are developing into a year-round attraction.
This past year marked the completion of a new museum, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, which opened in May 2017. Since its debut, the museum has already exceeded expectations for projected visitors for its first year. Similarly, the neighboring Pérez Art Museum has seen a steady increase in attendance in past years, growing over 800 percent since December 2013. Both museums offer certain limited-time exhibits, incentivizing visitors to come see them while they have the opportunity, while also aiming to maintain interest and relevance for residents who attend regularly. The city’s flourishing interest in arts and culture has had a positive impact on the Miami community, creating a common thread that connects its diverse population.
Invest: Miami spoke with a number of leaders in the Magic City’s arts and culture industry to gain insight into how Miami has developed its cultural offerings and what impact that has had on the economy. Here’s what they said:
Franklin Sirmans, Director, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
“One of the most important trends has been the evolution of Miami as a year-round destination for arts and culture. There was a time when one talked about an ‘arts season,’ but over the years an explosion in the Miami arts scene has led to Miami-Dade being a must-visit location to see important work by a variety of artists throughout the year. One example of this is PAMM’s first major exhibition focused on Jean-Michael Basquiat’s notebooks that ran from August until mid-October. The beautifully organized retrospective of this very important artist and accompanying interactive gallery was well received by visitors and journalists alike during a time that was once considered ‘out of season.’ Miami has indeed become a global arts capital.”
Frank Steslow, President, Frost Museum of Science
“There is a long-term vision to broaden our scope and partner with the other cultural entities in Miami to create larger, inter-organizational events. The relocation of the Frost Museum to Downtown has added to what is becoming a museum campus, together with the Pérez Art Museum of Miami, the Adrienne Arsht Center, American Airlines Arena and even the Children’s Museum on Jungle Island. All of these institutions come together geographically and create valuable critical mass that positions us as not only a focal point of Miami but also as a cultural hub within the city, as well as the region.”
Howard Herring, President, New World Symphony
“Miami might be ahead of other 21st-century cities in reimagining the impact of philanthropic investment in cultural programs. Traditional philanthropy calls for generous support for the gap between earned revenue and the cost of artistic endeavors. Just now in Miami, donors are becoming investors in art forms and institutions, realizing the work of artists and institutions has direct impact on the economic sustainability and social viability of the community.”
Kobi Karp, President, Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design
“One of the major artistic and design trends taking place in cities around the world is that municipalities are building up their artistic and cultural community centers in the urban core.”