The Art in Public Places (AiPP) Ordinance (Ordinance No. 95-2985) was adopted in 1995. The ordinance was created to “enhance the aesthetic environment of the City of Miami Beach by including works of art on public property within the City and in City construction projects.”
The AiPP program is currently funded by 1 ½ % of all hard costs of City projects, including new construction, additions, and costs for construction of joint private/public projects. The fund is used for the commission or acquisition of works of art; conservation and maintenance of works of art; research and evaluation of works of art; printing and distribution of related materials; and administration.
The goals of the AiPP program are: overseeing the City's public art collection; enhancing the physical environment of Miami Beach with artworks of the highest level of quality and suitability for the site; serving as the coordinating body for all public art projects on City property; building partnerships with the private sector, non-profit and community groups that connect the AiPP projects to the life of the City; encouraging participation by artists based locally, nationally and internationally; and serving as a source of information about public art.
In a continued effort to support partnerships and build the Miami Beach Art in Public Places Collection in a thoughtful, strategic way, Miami Beach Art in Public Places and Art Basel Miami Beach are establishing a legacy purchase program. On August 27, 2019, the Art in Public Places Committee held a meeting to discuss this initiative and made a formal recommendation that the Mayor and Commission approve the use of funds for this first acquisition.
The funding for this purchase has already been identified from the existing Art in Public Places fund, from contingency funding not utilized during the production of the Miami Beach Convention Center Art in Public Places installations.
The Art in Public Places / Art Basel Miami Beach Legacy Purchase Program will allow the public to determine the artwork(s) selected for purchase. The Tourism and Culture department is working directly with Art Basel Miami Beach to orchestrate this initiative which will allow the Art in Public Places Committee to access the fair in order to short list a selection of three (3) artworks that will be posted on the City of Miami Beach's social media accounts for popular vote. The artworks will be selected based on artistic excellence, relevance of the artwork in terms of current artistic practice, national and international representation, suitability of the artwork in a public environment and investment value to the Art in Public Places Collection. Residents of Miami Beach are encouraged to purchase tickets to Art Basel Miami Beach to see the selected works, as well.
The artwork with the most votes will be acquired by the Art in Public Places Program and become part of the Miami Beach Art in Public Places Collection which will be displayed within the Miami Beach Convention Center.
The intent of the Legacy Purchase Program is to connect the Miami Beach residents with Art Basel Miami Beach, by having them be an active participant in the selection of a legacy piece for our public art collection, while supporting artists and art galleries that participate in the annual art fair.