(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places received national recognition during the annual Americans for the Arts Conference, held in San Antonio, Texas June 7-10, 2012. 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.
Christopher Janney's “Harmonic Convergence” at Miami International Airport's MIA Mover Station.
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“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 MIA 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.
Americans for the Arts' Public Art Network (PAN) develops professional services for the broad array of individuals and organizations engaged in the expanding field of public art. More than 300 public art programs exist in the United States at the federal, state, and local level. PAN is designed to provide services to the diverse field of public art and to develop strategies and tools to improve communities through public art.
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-of-the-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. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County's more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children's Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.