The Cultural Arts Program within the Division of Cultural Affairs serves as an invaluable resource for the Miami Beach community and beyond. Working closely with the Cultural Arts Council (the advisory board which was founded in 1997) the Cultural Arts Program sustains, develops, and supports the arts in Miami Beach for the enjoyment, education, enrichment, and benefit of residents, and visitors.
Since 1997, the City of Miami Beach has awarded approximately $18 million to over 100 nonprofit arts groups through an annual, competitive cultural grants program. Recent additions to the program include a cultural facilities management initiative administered under the Cultural Arts Program to insure the effective management of the City-owned Colony Theatre in partnership with Miami New Drama. Also included is an extensive arts education program developed in partnership with Arts for Learning/Miami which assists in educating and developing young audiences and lovers of culture for today and tomorrow.
The City of Miami Beach is committed to advancing the City’s full range of dance artistry. The City of Miami Beach funds all forms of dance included aerial dance, ballet, flamenco, jazz, hip hop, modern, tap, and others. In FY 2017-18, the City of Miami Beach funded the below eligible nonprofit Cultural Presenters for Dance:
- Peter London Global Dance Company
- The Dance Now! Ensemble, Inc.
- Ballet Flamenco la Rosa
- Siempre Flamenco, Inc.
- Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Inc.
The City of Miami Beach supports film showcases that include (but are not limited to) documentaries, short films, features, or web series, and seeks to promote films with artful film language, effective storytelling, originality and feasibility, contemporary cultural relevance, and potential to reach and connect with diverse Miami Beach audiences. In FY 2017-18, the City of Miami Beach funded the below eligible nonprofit Cultural Presenters for Film:
- Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education, Inc.
- Inffinito (Brazilian Film Festival)
- Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Inc.
- Miami Short Film Festival, Inc.
- Locust Projects, Inc.
The City of Miami Beach supports a wide range of music (from classical to contemporary). The City also supports both performing ensembles and music-presenting institutions including chamber music ensembles, choruses, early music programs, jazz ensembles, music festivals, and symphony orchestras. In FY 2017-18, the City of Miami Beach funded the below eligible nonprofit Cultural Presenters for Music:
- Global Arts Project
- Patrons of Exceptional Artists, Inc.
- Miami Children’s Chorus, Inc.
- Florida Opera Prima
- Nu Deco Ensemble, Inc.
- Seraphic Fire
- Community Arts and Culture
- Miami Lyric Opera, Inc.
- Orchestra Miami
- South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Inc.
- France Florida Foundation of the Arts
- South Florida Composer’s Alliance
The City of Miami Beach supports the nonprofit theater field for the production or presentation of traditional or classical repertoire, new plays, development laboratories, showcases, artist residencies, work for young audiences, experimental work, community-based work, outdoor historical dramas, and puppetry. Theater projects funded by the City of Miami Beach provide support for organizations and artists in the creation and refinement of work, the public presentation of plays from all cultures and periods, and opportunities for professional development. In FY 2017-18, the City of Miami Beach funded the below eligible nonprofit Cultural Presenters for Theater:
- Fantasy Theatre Factory
- The Play Company
- Mad Cat Theatre Company, Inc.
- The Project Theatre
- Tectonic Theater Project
The City of Miami Beach is committed to supporting visual arts activity—painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, craft, and public art—that demonstrates exceptional aesthetic investigation and meaningful community engagement. Specifically, the City of Miami Beach is interested in supporting contemporary artists and the projects they undertake, such as exhibitions, residencies, publications, commissions, public art works, conservation, documentation, services to the field, and public programs. The City of Miami Beach is committed to encouraging individual artistic development, experimentation, and dialogue between artists and the public.
In FY 2017-18, the City of Miami Beach funded the below eligible nonprofit Cultural Presenters for Visual Arts programs:
- AIRIE, Inc. (Artists in Residence in the Everglades)
- Bas Fisher Invitational, Inc.
- Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design
In addition to traditional presenting programs, this City of Miami Beach supports artistic works and events that present multiple disciplines, combine and/or integrate art forms, explore boundaries between art disciplines, fuse or transcend disciplines, and look to new forms of expression. In FY 2017-18, the City of Miami Beach funded the below eligible nonprofit Cultural Presenters for Multi-Disciplinary programs:
- University of Wynwood, Inc.
- FUNDarte, Inc.
- National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, Inc. (Young Arts)
Cultural Arts Council Members
Dawn McCall, Chair
Laurence Moser, Vice-Chair