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Knight Foundation Awards $3 Million to Pérez Art Museum Miami

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) has received $3 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to support its technological and African American art initiatives. $2 million will go toward strengthening the museum’s digital experience capacities; an additional $1 million matching grant will be invested in contemporary art by African American artists for the museum’s permanent collection.

“This $3 million support is more than a boost to our ability to continue and better deliver the highest quality of art and art education to our community,” said Franklin Sirmans, director of PAMM. “It is a symbol of the shared optimism in the power of art and culture to transform lives in service of creating a better world. As Alberto Ibargüen says of Knight Foundation’s strategy of support, we too want to make ‘art general,’ in Miami and beyond. . . . This support takes us over the $20 million mark in cumulative funds received from Knight. We’ve been in our new Herzog and de Meuron-designed building for five years, and there’s no better validation of our work than this from our great arts supporters at the KF.”

The funds are a part of the Knight Foundation’s new $37 million funding initiative, distributed to twenty-two arts organizations in Miami. They include Miami City Ballet ($3 million), the Arsht Performing Arts Center ($1 million), the Bass Museum ($1.25 million), and the Institute of Contemporary Art’s Art and Research Center ($2 million). Since 2005, the foundation has given $165 million to Miami-based arts organizations.