Art & Culture

Art in Public Places Program calling local artists

Art in public places

Local artists are invited to apply to create the artwork that will be featured on the new Brisas Del Este affordable housing facility

Local artists in Miami are being called for an incredible opportunity. The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs invites all qualifying artists to apply for their Art in Public Places Program. In partnership with Miami-Dade County Department of Public Housing and Community Development, and partner Related Urban the artwork will be displayed in a new affordable housing facility called Brisas Del Este. 

Applications for local artists are already open and will close on February 22, 2021, at 11:59 PM. There will be a budget of $205,000 to create the art piece. All professional visual artists based in South Florida that create artwork regularly should apply. 

The Art in Public Places Program started in 1973 with the passage of an ordinance that states that 1.5 percent of the capital costs of government buildings will go towards the purchase or commission of artwork, educational programs, or collection maintenance. 

As one of the most impactful programs under the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, this program seeks to develop cultural excellence, diversity, and participation in the county. The artwork is to be representative and enjoyed by Miami’s residents and visitors. 

In partnership with The Cultural Affairs Council and The Art Trust Fund, the Department of Cultural Affairs can coordinate, promote, and support over 1000 non-profit organizations as well as local artists throughout the county. This comes from a combination of grants, technical assistance, public information, and interactive community planning. 

Funding for the Department that manages The Art Trust Fund and the Art in Public Places Program comes from the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, 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 came from the TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium, and the Tourist Development Council. 

We are very excited to see the beautiful work that is to be displayed on the Brisas Del Este building soon. Good luck to all participants!

For more information about the Art in Public Places Program and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs go to their website. For questions about Art in Public Places, please contact Amanda Sanfilippo Long, Curator & Artist Manager at  or by phone at 305-375-5436. Visit the Calls to Artists page of Art in Public Places.

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