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Building Up, Building Art

Posted by Jessica Gaines
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Building Up, Building Art

Many real estate developers have come to see the value in including art in buildings and spaces. Opportunities to bring not only art concepts but also artists into the early stages of projects can lead to developments that are brilliantly unique and inclusive. These developments support great design, inspirational concepts, and more importantly, local community.

 

In recent years, with real estate development planning, there’s been a strong lean towards artist residencies, community listening sessions, and ideas to turn neglected properties into town centers. With increased access to and desire for art among residents, real estate developers have become more tuned into the benefit of these partnerships. In Creative Exchange’s “Lessons from RARE: Engaging Artists in Real Estate Development”, several points are offered about these artist-development relationships:

 

  • Give artists the freedom to create open-ended work
  • Provide practical support for creative engagement
  • Allow for chance encounters and unexpected shifts

 

When incorporating the points above, sometimes having a third party or “translator” involved in the process comes out as a win. In Orlando, the Novare Group partnered with curatorial team, Dashboard, to produce 1,400 cubic feet of vibrant color at their luxury high-rise apartment community, SkyHouse Orlando. The eye-catching artwork,  designed by The Young Never Sleep, showcases some of Central Florida’s most exotic and native plant life in exaggerated colors for a striking and education street-scape experience.

 

In addition to the points above, the potential of new artist-developer driven projects is a chance for blossoming and building a legacy. In Miami Jorge Pérez, 2015 BCA 10 Leadership Award winner and chairman of The Related Group, has built a legacy and continues to transform Miami into an international tourist and cultural destination with beautiful and inspiring developments. The Related Group’s mixed-use building, the SLS Brickell showcases a ”drip painting” style mural on its eight-story parking garage that gives artist Markus Linnenbrink 40,000 square foot of surface to cover. 

 

Investment in brilliant collaborations will continue to build brilliant, vibrant communities where art and business are both victorious.

 

 

Photo credit: Paper Gardens, www.dashboard.us.

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Jorge Pérez: Building a Cultural Legacy

Posted by Jordan Shue
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Jorge Pérez: Building a Cultural Legacy

Jorge Pérez, who was honored with the 2015 BCA Leadership Award from Americans for the Arts, was recently featured in a Miami Herald article that highlighted his unwavering support of the arts, and how his business acumen has given him the platform and resources to maintain it. As Chairman and CEO of development company, The Related Group, Pérez has spent a large part of his career driving the transformation of Miami into an international tourist and cultural destination.

 

However, these days he’s spending more and more of his time focused on his artistic and philanthropic interests, including his sponsorships of Cuban and Argentine filmmakers at the Miami International Film Festival, an artist residency program at the National Young Arts Foundation, and his recent proposal and co-funding of a $1 million program for African-American and African diaspora artists with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

 

“The worlds of art, philanthropy and business are absolutely intertwined,” said Pérez, who—in addition to funding them, also produces films himself—plans to donate his entire personal art collection to the Pérez Art Museum Miami, where he serves on the board. Pérez attributes his success to being the son of Cuban exiles, and watching his parents lose everything but refuse to give up hope or determination.

 

Michael Spring, director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, calls Pérez an “arts advocate extraordinaire…Jorge is a natural born leader. He really believes the arts should be for all people. And he is extremely effective.” Read the full article.

 

Photo: Developer and art collector Jorge Pérez in the garden at his Coconut Grove home, with South African artist Ledelle Moe’s piece “Memorial Collapse V.” Photo by Carl Juste.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/article72068582.html#storylink=cpy
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An Animated Approach to Arts and Business Partnerships

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An Animated Approach to Arts and Business Partnerships

If you’ve ever wondered what can be accomplished in 11 weeks by a class of college seniors equipped with animation software, the answer is – a lot, actually.

 

The Arts & Business Council of Miami recently worked with a class at Miami International University of Art & Design in celebration of its 30th anniversary, challenging students to depict the creative ecosystem in Miami in a digital media project. The partnership not only demonstrated that the arts lead to innovation, but also provided students with a real-world client experience – perfect for a senior portfolio!

 

Students developed story boards, pitched their ideas and gave final presentations, all the while exploring the ways that arts have been essential to the business sector in Miami. And like the good millennials they are, tracked their progress online using the hashtag #MIUABC.

 

The results were incredible. Though the aesthetic themes and content varied, the message was the same: if businesses are looking for transformative strategies, look no further than the arts! One student, Bernadette Lim, echoed the pARTnership Movement’s message with her project, 8 Reasons to Join the Arts. Each final project involved animated logos that will be featured on the Arts & Business Council of Miami’s website, and were shown at the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affair’s Breakfast with the Arts & Hospitality Industry. The Arts & Business Council of Miami even got a video out of it! You can see how these animations will be used in the cultural tourism outreach efforts and learn more about arts biz partnerships in Miami here.

 

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