County’s Art in Public Places receives national recognition

Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places received national recognition during the annual Americans for the Arts Conference, June 7-10, in San Antonio, TX.

A program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade Art in Public Places was recognized as commissioning some of the most innovative and exciting examples of public art in America.

Developed by the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network, the Public Art 2012 Year in Review presents the most exemplary public art projects completed between April 2011 and April 2012 in the United States. Adjudicated and curated by Jean Greer, Public Art Collaborative, Chapel Hill, NC; Daniel Mihalyo, Lead Pencil Studio, Seattle, WA, and Celia Munoz, artist, Arlington, TX, the projects were selected out of a field of 429 entries, with only the top 50 projects in the nation being showcased. Miami-Dade County received recognition for the highest number of public art projects of any single community in the nation.

“We are proud to receive this prestigious acknowledgment of the quality and creativity of the artists’ projects being commissioned by our program,” said Cindi Nash, chair of the Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places Trust. “It is an important affirmation that Miami-Dade County’s public art program continues be a leader in the nation in making public buildings great through collaborations with outstanding local and national artists.”

Miami-Dade projects featured in the Public Art 2012 Year in Review were Ivan Toth Depeña’s Reflect, a cutting edge, new media project in the main lobby of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center; Christopher Janney’s Harmonic Convergence, an interactive sound environment with diagonal patterns of colored glass that are integrated into the Mover Station Terminal Connector of Miami International Airport, and Ripple Gardens, a series of exterior sculptural gardens designed for Jackson South Community Hospital by artist Mikyoung Kim.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami- Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences.

The department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-ofthe- art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community.

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