Perez Art Museum Miami Could Receive Additional $2.5 Million From County

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Vanessa Martin
Inside PAMM.
When the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) opened last December, it was heralded as a triumph for Miami's arts community. But how much is the institution worth to taxpayers? That's the question at the center of debate over a proposed increase in government funding to PAMM, which would boost the museum's income by as much as $2.5 million.

Tomorrow, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez will unveil a budget that increases county funding for the museum to $4 million, from $2.5 million last year, the Miami Herald reports. Representatives of the museum told the Herald that the money is necessary to cover the gap in operational costs, which tripled in the transition between the former Miami Art Museum and its super-sized new incarnation.

But some county commissioners say the money would be better spent elsewhere, pointing to job cuts across the county, including in libraries and police service.

Government funding allows PAMM to offer programs like free admission for students, and regular free admission days, which do benefit taxpayers. And the need for increased funding, according to the Herald, isn't due to mismanagement on the part of PAMM; the museum's fundraising efforts are on target -- in some cases, even ahead of expected revenues.

But there's still a gap of millions of dollars, which could be partially due to backtracking by the county. Michael Spring, Gimenez' cultural chief, told the Herald that Miami-Dade initially planned to give PAMM $4 million last year, but budget issues forced a reduction to $2.5 million. And after the county's initial hefty investment, he said, Dade county has a vested interest in supporting the museum.

"We don't make a $100 million investment in a beautiful new building and say we don't care about your operating budget," he told the Herald.

But others worry that keeping pace with PAMM will come at a cost to others in the community. As many as 700 jobs could be cut under the next Miami-Dade budget.

"We have a lot of flexibility with these dollars,'' commissioner Juan C. Zapata told the paper, complaining, "We've gotten on this path where we're all-in supporting these cultural institutions that are all downtown and are already benefiting from public dollars for construction."

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41 comments
Tamara Archer
Tamara Archer

Take care of the homeless problem downtown vs. 2.5 million in funding to PAMM... Hmmmm

Reuben DeOro
Reuben DeOro

instead of putting it into our schools & teachers.... smh. we have enough art & culture in miami. We need to educate the youth.

Anthony Pizzarelli
Anthony Pizzarelli

The rich people could save money not paying commissions to real estate agents using www.MrDownTownMiami.net and pit that money in the museum. #iJS

Abby Drake
Abby Drake

Good god 2.5million? From tax payers???? I'm glad I don't live in Miami. What a crock of sh!t

Philip Brown
Philip Brown

NO! Why not turn the 3rd floor (the Administrators offices) into the Main Library! What a waste of taxpayers money!

DeadbeatPerez
DeadbeatPerez

If the taxpayers are going to be bailing out this broke museum then at least show respect to the taxpayers and call it the Miami Art Museum.  

Sandi Coll
Sandi Coll

Cut the director's salary and others until they make this a profitable business !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Familia Ramirez
Familia Ramirez

Invest in education. Hire better qualified teachers. Revamp the whole system.

teknodum
teknodum

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer

Stefano Alessio
Stefano Alessio

The Perez Art Museum Miami has received 100 MILLION from "the county" (Property owners' purses) which seems more than excessive to construct a new building; yet more money dedicated to PAMM seems asking for too much. Wham, bam no thank you PAMM.

Lloyd Goradesky
Lloyd Goradesky

YES - this is a great opportunity for the south florida!

Liz Wyroba
Liz Wyroba

Vita, the museum is beautiful but they need to get a financial adviser to help them control their spending. The Tunnel allows downtown to not be congested with trucks so that people can actually get to the museum with little traffic. The Tunnel took around 20 years to pass Commission and around another 5 to build. The Tunnel is not useless. It saves our community. Miami is full of culture and art is absolutely a strong factor of our culture, but the tax payers should not have to fund their overspending. Raise taxes and then everyone will be happy. Another $20 a year per homeowner can save all the arguments and keep the peace. I am a homeowner, a tax payer, a born and raised Miami constituent, a county employee, and an artist. xoxo

Vita Vitalis
Vita Vitalis

Phillip Morris go to the Museum you will see that it doesn't obstruct anything it actually makes you appreciate the view... this is not a stadium it's a museum... completely different

Vita Vitalis
Vita Vitalis

YES YES YES!!! Miamis art culture is booming. If we have money for the useless BILLION dollar underwater tunnel we should have money to fund this. Miami needs PAMM, it Needs culture. I'm sure all of you who have said NO have not bothered to visit.... Get off your couch and head over you will see it is well worth it!!

Michael DeFilippi
Michael DeFilippi

Absolutely! This place is a gem for downtown Miami. This, along with the new Museum Park and the upcoming Frost Science Museum are making Downtown Miami a desirable place to go. The new park is really nice!

Kyle Brea-Stevens
Kyle Brea-Stevens

I wouldn't expect advocates for more police and sports stadiums to understand the value of a well funded art museum.

Liz Wyroba
Liz Wyroba

That money needs to stay with the county employees that work their butts off and haven't seen an increase in pay in over 6 years... PAMM is fine on their own, they have enough financial donors to last them a lifetime.

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

Yeah, fire a bunch of cops and subsidize an art museum. Let me know how that goes for the mayor.

Humberto Reyes
Humberto Reyes

Make a million dollar investment/construction in a museum and don’t care about your operating budget. what a joke now they are looking for help from the county.....that money they are looking for should go to the libraries or the Dog Shelter.

Phillip Morris
Phillip Morris

"NO TAX DOLLARS FOR PRIVATELY BUILT STADIUMS ON THE WATERFRONT!!!!" But a $130 million museum in a rebuilt public park funded by tax dollars and now they "need" $2.5 million annually from the taxpayers to keep its doors open... Nary a peep from the peanut gallery. Especially those who claim to frequent the area and how a stadium would "ruin their view of the bay" but the museum didn't. Interesting.

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