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.