Basic Organization Information
Miami Art Museum of Dade County Association, Inc.
- Also Known As:
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
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- NTEE Category:
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A51 Art Museums
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PAMM is a modern and contemporary art museum located in downtown Miami, Florida, and is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on the cultures of the Atlantic Rim—from which the vast majority of Miami residents hail. To complement its mission and to provide a broader historical context, PAMM presents works of art outside of this time frame when appropriate.
PAMM is dedicated to education and scholarship. To this end, the Museum takes a variety of approaches. PAMM engages the community in lively exchange, fosters fresh ideas, and conveys the excitement of the creative process. The Museum is a catalyst for the visual arts nationally and internationally, and is known as a leader in museum education.
Mr. Thomas Collins
Mr. Collins is an arts administrator, art historian, educator and author with more than 15 years of experience serving as a director and curator at several of America’s top museums. Most recently, he served five years as director of the Neuberger Museum of Art in Westchester County, New York. He started his tenure as director of Pérez Art Museum Miami (then Miami Art Museum) in August 2010.
Recognized for his ability to advance institutional development and foster community engagement, Collins’ tenure at the Neuberger Museum of Art was highlighted by significant growth in the areas of attendance and annual giving, as well as the creation of major endowments for new programming initiatives and capital improvements. As director of PAMM, Collins oversees the day-to-day operations of the museum, as well as the transition into its new facility.
A teaching museum and part of the State University of New York at Purchase, the Neuberger Museum of Art is one of the nation’s most highly-regarded presenters of modern, contemporary and African art. As director, Collins managed a 22-person staff, an annual budget in excess of $3.5 million, and an endowment of $18 million. He also oversaw the museum’s exhibitions, permanent collection displays, and a far-reaching platform of community-based educational programs for school children and adults.
“As the construction of our new home nears completion, we are gratified to see members of Miami’s business and philanthropic community step up in such a significant way to ensure the success of this museum. Our state-of-the-art facility, opening as Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) December 2013, is close to reaching its total $220 M capital campaign goal, allowing for this city to finally have the public art resource and world-class center for the visual arts it deserves.”
Thom Collins, Director, Pérez Art Museum Miami
Board of Directors
Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation
- Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
PAMM's inclusive education programs for audiences of all ages encourage new ways of viewing and appreciating contemporary art.
The Museum’s K-12 programs include the Knight Schools Program, formerly known as MAM & Schools, which will reach 27,000 third-grade students annually from Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The initiative supports the work of school teachers through in-class arts activities; and introduces terms and concepts to support a range of subjects, enhance literacy, and promote interest in art. PAMM’s Teacher Workshops provide vital arts learning exercises to teachers to translate into classroom learning activities. Teachers earn credits toward maintaining their professional certification and learn about how to best incorporate works of art into multiple subjects. In 2012-2013, the program served 70 teachers over three workshops.
The Museum’s diverse outreach programs include: PAMM in the Neighborhood, an award-winning summer youth program, brings art activities to summer camps and community centers, serving more than 6,000 young people throughout the county in predominantly low-income areas; PAMM Art Storytime, will continue to be based at the United Way's Center for Excellence in Early Education and will expand to be offered at the Museum, and brings art-themed stories and activities to more than 300 toddlers and their parents to bolster early literacy skills; Second Saturdays, a community open house that includes hands-on arts activities for kids and parents, as well as guided exhibition tours, attracts hundreds of visitors on the second Saturday of each month; Brick x Brick, the Museum’s art and design program for at-risk teens from Miami's most underserved communities, such as Liberty City, Little Havana, and Little Haiti; and PAMM Teen Art Council, a new program for teens who seek to become creators of digital content and cultural ambassadors for their peers and community. In total, PAMM's educational outreach programs will reach an additional 20,000 young people and their caregivers in the new Museum Park facility.
In its new location PAMM will also expand its time-based programming for adults, to include commissioned performances by local and regional artists, films, and public lectures. These programs will be offered on a weekly basis, and will include a free monthly event to attract new audiences.
Program Long-Term Success:
PAMM’s far-ranging vision is expressed in the breadth and depth of its exhibition program. In 2009, MAM premiered the most comprehensive survey of works by Argentine artist Guillermo Kuitca ever presented in North America. In 2010, the Museum organized an exhibition of works by Carlos Cruz-Diez, along with a group exhibition of new works by Miami-based artists. In November 2010, PAMM opened Susan Rothenberg’s first South Florida exhibition. PAMM has also presented exhibitions of works by Janet Cardiff and George Buress Miller, Quisqueya Henriquez, Wifredo Lam, Yinka Shonibare, Faith Ringgold, and Enrique Martínez Celaya, among others. In 2012 the Museum presented a major José Bedia retrospective along with New York–based artist Rashid Johnson's first major solo museum exhibition.
Program Short-Term Success:
In 2012-2013 the Museum’s Education Department collectively served nearly 26,000 children and adults through its education and outreach programs.
In winter 2012/spring 2013, PAMM celebrated the creativity of the local artist community by presenting New Work Miami 2013. Most recently, the institution presented its last show to ever be held in its current building: Frames of Reference: Latin American Art from the Jorge M. Perez Collection.
As of August 2013, construction of PAMM’s new home in downtown Miami’s Museum Park on Biscayne Bay is both on schedule and on budget. When the Museum reopens in December 2013, it will feature 200,000 square feet of programmable space—more than three times the size of its former space.
Program Success Monitored by:
Evaluation of Exhibitions
All of the Museum’s exhibitions are generated or reviewed by its curatorial staff with an eye towards representing the diversity of the region's demographics and cultural community. Programs are presented to the Museum's Board of Trustees for review and comment on a regular basis.
Program staff members gather data, feedback and other information to help PAMM make informed evaluations of its artistic programming. This includes:
• Attendance, Ticket Sales and Membership. Attendance at exhibitions, lectures, and other events is recorded, including ticket sales. The Development Department tracks and analyzes membership trends in concurrence with particular exhibitions or events.
• Visitor Commentaries and Surveys. Commentary forms are made available at the reception desk and in the Visitors Gallery, in addition to several other survey opportunities. Commentaries and surveys are reviewed on a regular basis and to gauge patrons' feedback.
• Media Coverage. Critical reviews and news articles, both local and national, are gathered and reviewed by Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander and other artistic staff.
• Informal Feedback. Museum staff welcomes and solicits the face-to-face commentary of patrons, artists, donors, and staff to help round out its programming analysis.
• Social Media Activity. PAMM's communications and marketing team actively track social media posts and monitor bursts of activity on Facebook and Twitter.
Evaluation of Educational Programs
• Program feedback. The Museum's education staff works closely with its school and community partners to design programs that meet the arts and educational needs of the community. Surveys are administered on a regular basis.
• As a part of the Museum’s commitment to measuring outcomes and effectiveness, the Museum’s education staff is partnering with consultant Randi Korn to evaluate its programs and maximize their positive effects. PAMM plans to share its findings with funders and peer institutions to benefit the field.
• Attendance data is gathered for each school or community program.
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In addition to the large number of young people that PAMM serves each year, the quality of these programs has been recognized by a variety of leading experts in the field of Museum Education. Kerry Keeler, Curator for Outreach Programs received a National Association of Counties award for innovative programming (2007) and a Florida DCA/VSA "Inclusive Culture" access award (2009.) PAMM's exhibitions have received critical acclaim in local, national, and international publications. Finally, the new PAMM building exemplifies best practices in Museum Design. The new PAMM facility was designed to obtain Silver LEED certification, targeting a 20% reduction in energy costs when compared to a typical art museum. For example, the large exterior canopy will provide shade around the plumbing and reduce cooling loads on the mechanical/electrical/plumbing system. An under-floor air distribution system will cool more efficiently and consume less energy. Electricity consumption will be reduced through the use of natural light and occupancy and daylight dimming sensors in office spaces. Waste heat recovery chillers will enable PAMM to dehumidify—a great concern for collecting art museums—more efficiently. Rainwater will be collected and reused for the irrigation of PAMM’s hanging green gardens. Among many other efforts, plumbing fixtures will consume 37% less water than traditional fixtures.
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Pérez Art Museum Miami will capture the city’s multicultural dynamism and serve as a resource for residents of and visitors to Miami. The new, expanded museum will make it possible to exhibit PAMM’s permanent collection, as well as site specific installations and traveling exhibitions.
To further its role as a leader in quality art education programs, Pérez Art Museum Miami was awarded a $10 MM endowment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to fund the Knight Schools Program. This fund will enable PAMM to reach an estimated 27,000 third-graders from across Miami-.Dade County annually, a vital, cost-effective partnership for the public school system. Pérez Art Museum Miami, together with Miami Science Museum, will accelerate the revitalization of downtown Miami and transform Museum Park into a vibrant destination on Miami’s cultural map.
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