Collector Jorge Pérez Establishes Open-Call Grant Program for Miami


[Many thanks to Veerle Poupeye for bringing this item to our attention.] Maximilíano Durón (ARTnews) writes that Miami-based philanthropist and art collector Jorge M. Pérez’s family foundation has just established a new grant program that will award $1 million annually to arts organizations across Miami-Dade County. Born in Argentina, Pérez’s parents were Cuban; he has also lived in Colombia. As the Miami Herald quotes:

“From a very early age, my mother ingrained in me a love and passion for the arts,” Pérez, who was born in Argentina to Cuban parents, said. “She’d take me to the best museums in Colombia, Argentina and Cuba and I witnessed, first hand, the life-changing power of visual art. This experience laid the foundation for my life-long passion, and now, I seek to foster the same experience for my family as well as the broader community.”

Here are excerpts from ARTnews:

Miami art collector and real estate developer Jorge M. Pérez has had a busy couple of months in philanthropic activities, establishing a $50,000 artist grant at his hometown Pérez Art Museum and donating $1.5 million in art and funds to the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.

In the latest news, Pérez will establish a new initiative, named the CreARTE Grants Program, to support arts and culture programs in Miami-Dade County and help make them more accessible.

“We wanted to create a fund to provide more funding for innovation, passion, creativity, and collaboration in the arts,” Pérez told ARTnews. “Artistic endeavors are economically hard. We want to create opportunities for artists to pursue their careers that helps narrow the gap.”

Pérez’s family foundation will award a total of $1 million in grants a year to various artists and organizations across disciplines in three areas of focus. Individual artists can apply for an Artist Fellowship/Residency grant, while artists and organizations can apply for an Arts Education and Access grant aimed at accessibility for children as well as a Spaces for Creation grant for operating costs for existing institutions or new ones to be developed. [. . .]

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