For the first time, PÃ©rez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) hosted its highly-anticipated annual Corporate Luncheon in its new, state-of-the-art facility in downtown Miamiâ€™s Museum Park. The Seventh Annual PAMM Corporate Luncheon presented by South Motors, opened its doors to South Floridaâ€™s most influential business leaders, in honor of their vital support of the arts in South Florida. Corporate Honors were awarded to J.P. Morgan in recognition of its impact on South Floridaâ€™s cultural community.
The PAMM Corporate Luncheon raises funds for the museumâ€™s education programs. PAMM is the largest provider of art education outside of Miami-Dade County Schools, reaching more than 50,000 children since opening in December 2013. Corporate support has made many of these free programs possible, which include: free family activities every second Saturday; Brick by Brick, a program for at-risk teens which takes place at community centers in underserved areas throughout Miami-Dade, and focuses on architecture, design and community planning; PAMM in the Neighborhood, a summer camp program for underserved youth; and more.
This year, the eventâ€™s traditional, seated lunch format will take the form of a lunch reception, allowing attendees to network, browse the museum and enjoy a discussion on corporate collecting. PAMM Director Thom Collins will moderate the discussion with Lisa Erf, director of the JPMorgan Chase Art Program focusing on the history and significance of corporate art collecting and how corporate art collections serve as a vital method for a corporation to connect with its community, and provide access to important works of art. J.P. Morganâ€”which has one of the worldâ€™s most established corporate art collections â€“ received the Seventh Annual PAMM Corporate Honors in recognition of the companyâ€™s vital impact on arts and culture in South Florida. JPMorgan Chase & Co. has a long legacy of supporting arts and cultural programs, and promoting education and access for the entire community. In South Florida, the firm has supported the Museum of Science, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery of Science, and Miami Art Museum and PÃ©rez Art Museum Miamiâ€™s educational and community programs since 1999.
At the Corporate luncheon, Lisa Erf announced, the permanent collection at the PÃ©rez Art Museum Miami will be receiving a donation of six works by American women, pieces are by artists Pat Stier, Marilyn Minter, Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin, Barbara Bloom and Judith Shea. â€œThis is a collection of art that belongs in a museum and for this generation to appreciate,â€ Erf said in a statement. â€œWe are thrilled that these pieces have found a great home at PAMM.â€
Photos by: Sarah Klein