Late last April, Ximena Caminos, co-founder of Faena, welcomed philanthropists, arts supporters and Friends of The Underline donors to her Miami Beach home for a private preview of The Underline’s art master plan which Ms. Caminos curated.
Some of the guests were hearing the details of The Underline for the first time, so Meg Daly, Founder of Friends of The Underline gave a brief overview of the project and progress. Ms. Caminos and Galia Solomonoff of Dia: Beacon shared the art master plan for the first phase of the project featuring local and international artists. Amy Rosenberg, chief development officer for The Friends, applauded board member Debi Wechsler and her father, Norman Braman for their significant and visionary gift to help fund the master plan. “As Miami becomes a global art market, we are thrilled to be supporting public art on
The Underline which will connect and engage Miami-Dade County residents and the rest of the world,” added Wechsler. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, was also mentioned as a major donor with their recent award of an arts matching grant of $500,000.
“I feel immensely honored to be able to contribute to this incredible project that will transform and celebrate our diverse communities. As a cultural entrepreneur, I believe in the power of art to heal, connect and transform,” said Caminos. “For The Underline, we have tapped my life’s experiences in bridging culture, community-building, urban development, and place making to help Miami be at the forefront of social innovation. Over the years, public spaces have become even more important to the experience of cities, creating the opportunity for new platforms for social interaction and innovative urban design.”
You may have also seen the Domino art installation on the Metrorail columns by artist Bo Droga. Droga’s playful transformation of Metrorail pillars into dominoes has excited a lot of people about the many ways to use art on the future Underline. Also, last May Miami-Dade County released a call to artists to commission public art on The Underline for both the Link at Douglas Station and the Oolite Room at Brickell Backyard. We look forward to sharing the artist selections soon!
To support Art on The Underline with a donation please visit theunderline.org/donate or
contact Amy Rosenberg at [email protected] or 305-610-8091.