What role do you believe arts organizations and the arts in general play in the success and vibrancy of the Miami-Dade community?
The arts are transforming Miami-Dade County into one of the most dynamic and diverse new cultural centers in the hemisphere. World-renowned festivals and special arts events are attracting visitors to our communities; our downtowns are being re-energized with major performing arts centers and world-class museums; and neighborhoods all over the County are being revitalized by pioneering artists, intrepid, grassroots arts groups, local arts centers, arts academies and cultural venues. The arts are earning for us an international reputation as a major, new cultural center, which in turn, is providing a creative, competitive edge in attracting businesses and tourism and improving the lives of our families and kids.
Miami-Dade County’s non-profit arts industry has a documented $1.1 billion impact on the overall local economy. Our local arts organizations employ more than 30,000 full-time workers, ranging from carpenters and curators to accountants and musicians. Arts events in our community are attended by more than 13,500,000 people each year. Signature special events, like Art Basel Miami, the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival and the Coconut Grove Arts Festival bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to our community to delight in our vibrant cultural life, eat in our restaurants, relax in our hotels, shop in our stores and play on our beaches and in our parks. In fact, Greater Miami’s Brand Identity promoted by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, our destination marketing industry leader, centers on the arts and our innovative, world class cultural community, because “It’s So Miami.”
The dramatic increase in the quantity and quality of the arts throughout Miami continues to attract the world’s attention, inspiring other economic drivers and creative industries to play a part in and to feed off of our growth and energy. Developers recognize the unique value proposition that Greater Miami offers and are investing ambitiously and enthusiastically. The foremost international architects and designers, most recently Frank Gehry, Herzog & De Meuron, Arquitectonica International, Zaha Hadid and Grimshaw, are adding their imprints to our built landscape, igniting a new era of innovation and definition to complement our Art Deco heritage.