Recipient: Delou Africa
Aim: Celebrating the arts of the African diaspora in Miami by expanding Delou Africa’s annual festival in collaboration with the founders of the national Dance Africa showcase.
Recipient: Miami City Ballet
Aim: Reimagining a classic by presenting a uniquely Miami rendition of George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” during the company’s 30th anniversary season.
Recipient: Miami Dance Futures
Aim: Bringing attention to the water supply through National Water Dance Miami, a countywide celebration of site-specific dances – involving both professionals and local students –along the region’s shore.
Recipient: Independent Ethos
Aim: Giving South Floridians an insider’s peek into Miami’s growing indie film and music scene through a website that covers the local industry.
Recipient: Kenny Riches
Aim: Strengthening the indie filmmaking community through a screenwriter roundtable where participants can get feedback on new material.
Recipient: Obsolete Media Miami
Aim: Preserving legacy media, such as 35 mm slides and archival motion pictures, through an archive that serves as a resource for artists, designers, filmmakers and researchers.
Recipient: Secret Celluloid Society
Aim: Preserving classic films by converting a 1986 bookmobile into a portable project booth that brings 16 mm/35 mm and high-resolution digital projection to Miami neighborhoods.
Recipient: Extra Virgin Press
Aim: Preserving the art of letterpress by creating a space where the community can learn and practice this handmade form of communication.
Recipient: The Betsy-South Beach
Aim: Celebrating Ibero-American poetry, literature, scholarship and experience through Escribe Aqui/Write Here, a multiday bilingual festival fueled by ongoing cultural programming to champion Miami’s diversity.
Aim:Celebrating Miami Beach’s centennial by publishing a cultural history of South Beach, an exploration of how the arts – music, dance, fashion, visual arts, film, literature, culinary culture and nightlife – have fueled this iconic resort city.
South Beach artist Carlos Alfonzo, 1990, portrait by Steven Paul Hlavac.
Recipient: A Greener Miami
Aim: Expanding audiences for music by hosting mini-concerts in South Florida farmers markets with events preceded by a short explanation of the composer’s inspiration.
Aim: Bringing attention to Miami’s hidden musical talents, many of whom have immigrated to the city and have not yet made it to main stage venues, through a collaborative series with established companies and artists.
Recipient: Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida
Aim: Increasing the visibility of South Florida’s LGBT arts scene through joint programming between the chorus, Island City Stage and Stonewall National Museum and Archives.
Recipient: Greater Miami Youth Symphony
Aim: Creating cultural exchanges between Miami and Havana students through joint rehearsals and concerts with Cuba’s Amadeo Roldan Conservatory Orchestra.
Aim:Engaging Miami audiences with an innovative, fully staged performance of a Pulitzer Prize-winning composition inspired by the visual art at the Pérez Art Museum Miami.
Recipient: Leadership Prep Foundation
Aim: Celebrating Bahamian culture by teaching Miami youth to make traditional Junkanoo costumes and instruments, which are used during Coconut Grove’s annual Goombay/Junkanoo Festival and in other events.
Recipient: Miami Girls Rock Camp
Aim: Promoting creative expression and empowering young girls through an annual camp where participants are grouped into bands and learn to write and perform an original song.
Recipient: Miami Music Project
Aim: Helping 100 Miami-Dade students push their own artistic limits through a series of orchestral boot camps taking place on teacher planning days throughout the school year.
Recipient: Overtown Youth Center
Aim: Preparing teens for careers in the music industry through The Beats Academy, which will teach a range of topics from music theory to remixing.
Recipient: The Rhythm Foundation
Aim: Providing a home for world music by rebooting the annual TransAtlantic Festival at the North Beach Bandshell – bringing in more ambitious programming and expanding the event into the adjacent public spaces.
Recipient: Seraphic Fire
Aim: Celebrating the group’s 15th anniversary by commissioning and presenting six new American choral works, championing both top composers and emerging talent.
Recipient: Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency
Aim: Celebrating Overtown’s culture through the sixth annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival featuring national and local recording artists.
Recipient: Sweat Records
Aim: Supporting the local indie music scene by providing low-cost rentals of audio equipment for independent promoters and nonprofit event producers.
Recipient: The alt Default
Aim: Helping teens find their musical voice through a residency for this ensemble at the Fienberg-Fisher K-8 Center in Miami Beach where students will create an original song.
Recipient: The Miami Symphony Orchestra
Aim: Offering visibility to pianists younger than 12 through a competition, where the finalists perform with the orchestra at a high-profile concert.
Recipient: 88.9 FM WDNA Public Radio:
Aim: Bringing jazz to more Miamians by launching the Miami Downtown Jazz Festival, which will take over several blocks in downtown and continue in various venues.
Recipient: Miami Light Project
Aim: Providing a space for developing new work and new techniques by piloting a contemporary performance residency program at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood for international and local artists.
Aim: Creating new artistic experiences through a monthlong performance series that explores water—in April 2016—and fire—in April 2017—as elements that give and take through tragedy and regeneration.
Recipient: Artefactus Cultural Project
Aim: Instilling an appreciation for theater in West Dade’s children through workshops that lead them through the process of staging a play.
Recipient: City Theatre
Aim: Developing and giving voice to the next generation of playwrights through a contest where high school students from Broward to Miami-Dade create, rehearse and present short plays and public readings.
Recipient: Mad Cat Theatre Company
Aim: Promoting discussion about the impact of censorship by presenting a banned play and then producing a new work inspired by incidents of censorship in South Florida.
Recipient: Teatro Promoteo at Miami Dade College
Aim: Fostering Hispanic theater in Miami, and raising its prominence nationally, through a partnership with the national Latina|o Theatre Commons where the college will host a prominent Latino playwright in residency.
Recipient: Bakehouse Art Complex
Aim: Bringing Art Hack Day to Miami – an international event, where groups of hackers and artists create an instant exhibition that blends art and technology.
Recipient: Locust Projects
Aim: Exploring how fear is used in the media by creating sculptures of headless chickens, called Withervanes, that change colors to reflect the prevalence of fear-related keywords in news stories.
Recipient: Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
Aim: Expanding arts education in the region by buying new telepresence equipment so that the center’s staff can interact directly with students in its distance learning arts programs.
Recipient: Agustina Woodgate
Aim: Transforming our county’s sidewalks into playful encounters with "Concrete Poetry," in partnership with Miami Dade County Art in Public Places and O, Miami.
Recipient: Rise Up Gallery
Aim: Strengthening an artist-run collective that provides studio space to local artists, gallery space for innovative curatorial projects and artistic programming for the community.
Recipient: Friends of the Bass Museum
Aim: Infusing a library with art through a series of solo artists projects and education programs at the Miami Beach Regional Library while the Bass’ building is under renovation.
Recipient: Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance
Aim: Exploring the realities of living and creating in cross-cultural communities through the “Borderless Caribbean,” a series of exchanges and exhibitions between Miami and Caribbean contemporary artists.
Recipient: Kip Eagen
Aim: Engaging transit riders in art by creating a series of artistic billboards along the TriRail tracks that would appear to be an animated flipbook as riders fly by.
Aim: Promoting the works of artists of color who reflect global trends in contemporary art through an annual fair that takes place during Art Basel Miami Beach.
Recipient: Show Drawn; The Upper Hand Art
Aim: Drawing attention to Miami’s vibrant music scene, with the goal of encouraging more bands to play here, by creating a series of illustrations of local performances to be published in print and online.
Recipient: Village of Pinecrest/Pinecrest Gardens
Aim: Bringing the arts more deeply into communities by inviting acclaimed American environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, who creates sculptures from community-sourced saplings, to create new site-specific works in the gardens.
Recipient: ArtCenter/South Florida
Aim: Exploring climate change through the arts by creating ARTsail, a one-month residency program aboard a sailboat where participants will be commissioned to create work inspired by Miami’s relationship to water.
Recipient: City of Miami Gardens
Aim: Expanding the city’s successful Jazz in the Gardens music festival to include a music, film and art conference that fosters a deeper exploration of the additional artistic mediums.
Recipient: Florida International University
Aim: Exploring the complexities of sea level rise in South Florida through an interdisciplinary performance featuring electronic sounds, orchestral musicians, video and dance in partnership with five prominent local artists.
Recipient: Fringe Projects
Aim: Activating downtown Miami’s less conventional spaces by expanding this site-specific, temporary public art commissioning program.
Recipient: Jonathan Kane
Aim: Exploring how the human brain interprets music through a film series and exhibit that will illustrate a person’s neurological reaction to listening to a composition.
Recipient: Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center
Aim: Helping inspire South Florida artists through a residency program at the waterfront center in Crandon Park.
Recipient: Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
Aim: Cultivating emerging Latino artists through an artist-in-residence program that provides them the space to produce work that reflects and engages the surrounding Little Havana neighborhood.
Recipient: Miami Industrial Arts (MIA)
Aim: Expanding a hub for Miami’s makers by constructing an onsite classroom and offering subsidized classes in ceramics, wood, metalworking and 3-D technologies.
Aim: Activating a public space through culture by presenting concerts and films in a new plaza in the city of Sweetwater next to Florida International University’s West Dade campus.
Recipient: The Studios of Key West
Aim: Providing a new way to explore Key West’s history and culture through an event called Lost at the Beach, where participants use maps and apps to discover performances and installations hidden throughout Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.