Our mission is to be Miamis art museum—thats why we spent $145,000 to buy works from local galleries

Viktor El – Saieh, Fet Chaloska (2005 – 16). Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, museum purchase with funds provided by PAMM's Collectors Council with additional contributions provided by Karen Bechtel, Evelio and Lorena Gomez, Jorge M. Pérez , and Craig Robins

Like with everyone, this crisis has devastated the arts community. According to Artist Reliefs COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, 64% of artists have become fully unemployed as a result of the pandemic and 81% do not have a plan to financially recover from the crisis. Some galleries and small art spaces have had to shutter their doors permanently. In 2020, artists will lose $50.6 billion.

Silver linings are hard to come by in a situation this dire, but if pressed, one might point to how the crisis has underscored the necessity of communities, and the role of museums not only as cultural repositories, but as social forums, as employers, and as engines of forward momentum in cities across the world. At the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), we have long lived by this principle. To be Miamis art museum has long been our mission, and it is now more important than ever. That is why were making a new investment in Miamis arts community. PAMMs Collectors Council will support the local arts economy through the purchase of eight works of art from Miami galleries, totaling $145,000.

These galleries have nurtured Miamis art scene over the past decades, and will continue to do so moving forward, but only if theyre supported by local individuals and institutions.

Pieces by Yanira Collado (Emerson-Dorsch Gallery), Myrlande Constant (Central Fine), Conrad Egyir (PRIMARY), Viktor El-Saieh (Central Fine Gallery), Lucia Hierro (PRIMARY), Kelley Johnson (Fredric Snitzer Gallery), Eamon Oré-Girón (Nina Johnson Gallery), and Naama Tsabar (Spinello Projects) will join the museums permanent collection in a move that will immediately bolster the local arts economy, and will further enrich a communal resource for years to come. Formally daring and rooted in disparate cultural histories, these works encapsulate the multivalence of our community.

Furthermore, they speak to unique personalities and histories of Miamis contemporary art galleries, the presence of which would be outsized in a city twice as large. These galleries have nurtured Miamis art scene over the past decades, and will continue to do so moving forward, but only if theyre supported by local individuals and institutions. This is the largest number of artworks purchased by the Collectors Council at any one time since its inception 15 years ago, and were happy to focus an important milestone on Miamis local gallery scene.

But a museum is much more than the art on its walls, and an art scene is much more than the galleries and artists they show. Of more importance is the audience—those Miamians young and old for whom art offers inspiration, solace, guidance, and joy. All necessary emotions during a time like this. Covid-19 has given museums across the world a simple, yet daunting challenge. How do you provide your community with art when people cannot even get in the building? Our answer is to bring some of our community-oriented programmes online.

For the past seven years, we have hosted field trip tours for over 100,000 K-12 students through the Knight Schools tour programme. Almost every day, the galleries were filled with schoolchildren, encountering installations by Ai Wei Wei, Hew Locke, Teresita Fernández. To continue this good work in the days of distance learning, weve introduced the PAMM in Your Classroom virtual tour programme. Starting in April, students have been able to work with PAMM Teaching Artists to discuss and create their own artworks, all from their home computer.

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