The Miami arts community is indebted to the Knight Foundation for funding almost every single cultural project in this city. But still, it's a little scary when all the mula comes one from one pocket, right? What happens when there's nothing but lint and stale Cheetos in said pocket? Cue local arts disaster.
The picture looks a lot less risky, however, now that the Bass Museum has just been awarded an Our Town grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. One of only 51 such recipients in the country, the Miami Beach institution will use the $100,000 to fund a new public art residency program called TC: Temporary Contemporary.
For TC, a curated selection of artists will create temporary and
site-specific installation within Miami Beach's City Center/Arts
District-- the 40-block area that radiates out from the New World Center
and the Fillmore. These projects must be relevant to Miami Beach and to
the environment in which they are placed (sidewalk, beach, park, etc).
So there probably won't be any giant pink snails that work just as well
in Miami Beach as they did in Coral Gables or trashed in the ocean.
The selected artists will live and work in Miami Beach for residencies
that last from one to four weeks. TC: Temporary Contemporary will start
this November to coincide with Sleepless Nights, the semi-annual
all-hours art party.
No word yet or whether local artists are encouraged to apply or the
scope of the application process. Once we hear back, we'll add those
details here.UPDATE: Megan Riley, Bass's director of external affairs, explained that it is open to Miami artists, but there is no open call:
TC: Temporary Contemporary is a curated project for which the Bass Museum is in the process of inviting a selected group of 10-15 artists from everywhere(including Miami). The artists incorporate public interventions and interactivity into their practice. Although, we will not do an open call, curators from the Bass Museum of Art have been and regularly do studio visits with Miami artists and will consider, as well as, include those local artists who work with the public realm.
One other 305 organization received an NEA Our Town grant - the
Opa-locka Community Development Corporation. In the '80s, Opa-locka's
Magnolia North neighborhood was literally quarantined with metal
barricades to stop high levels of crime and violence from spreading to
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the rest of South Florida. The awarded $250K will go to a community-wide
collaborative design project to remove barricades and develop new
public spaces with environmentally functional landscape design.