Greater Miami has invested heavily in growing its artistic and cultural landscape.


Major public buildings like the Arsht Center, South Dade Cultural Center and Pérez Art Museum Miami show a community-wide commitment to shaping a world-class destination for the arts. Our ability to sustain this momentum depends on several factors, including increasing access to high-quality cultural offerings.


We identified the two goals and metrics below as good targets for our success:


Goal: Miami-Dade Provides Residents with an Environment Rich in Arts & Cultural Opportunities


Vibrant artistic & cultural institutes enrich the lives of all residents.


Artistic & cultural amenities play an increasingly important role in attracting talent to a region.

Public attendance at museums and performing arts centers is an indication of the community’s cultural vitality and participation.
Attendance at Miami-Dade’s largest arts organizations increased 26% in two years. In 2015, nearly 2.1 million people visited these organizations.
Both attendance and revenue growth are enjoying a period of increased momentum, with recent gains outpacing those observed in previous years.
Source: Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs (unpublished data).

Employment in Arts & Culture

The size of a cultural economy can be measured in terms of how many full-time workers are employed.
Miami-Dade county has far fewer workers per capita in Arts & Culture than the US and other major metros. Arts & Culture includes Performing Arts organizations, Museums, and Independent Artists, Performers, and Writers.
Full Circle: 1,500 jobs.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Data Showing: Central County

The cultural economy is supported by private art collectors and galleries.
Miami-Dade county has far more Art Dealers per capita than the US and comparable metros with the exception of New York. The number of art dealers in Miami, however, has dipped slightly during the last couple of years.
After growing through 2013, Miami-Dade’s per capita arts dealers has slightly declined in recent recent years.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Data Showing: Central County

National Endowment for the Arts Grants Per Capita

The US government funds local art through the National Endowment for the Arts.
Miami-Dade county receives a smaller amount of grant dollars per capita than the US average. Chicago receives twice as much as Miami-Dade, and New York receives 36 times.
Source: National Endowment for the Arts
Data Showing: Central County

Tourism Impact

Tourism plays a large role in boosting the Arts & Cultural economy.
More than 14 million people visited Greater Miami in 2013, an increase of 2.2% over 2012.
Source: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Data Showing: Central County



Goal: Miami-Dade Supports a Thriving Creative Arts Community


According to Americans for the Arts, arts & culture directly generates more than $650 million annually for the Miami economy.


A flourishing creative arts community helps maintain a region’s brand identity and helps lure tourists.

Early participation in arts courses can help establish a lifelong interest in cultural pursuits and improved academic performance.The percentage of students enrolled in fine arts courses at Miami-Dade public schools has fallen significantly during the past two years.
Source: Florida Department of Education
Data Showing: Dade School District

Learning a second language is associated with a host of cognitive beneifts, to say nothing of its cultural value.
Eleven foreign languages are taught in Miami-Dade schools. This number has remained constant in recent years.
Source: Individual State Departments of Education
Data Showing: Central County

Foreign born residents not only contirbute to a region’s cultural vibrancy, but are also more likely to be entrepreneurs.
Among comparable metropolitan areas, Miami-Dade County has the highest proportion of foreign born residents by a substantial margin.
The proportion of Miami-Dade County’s foreign born population has remained relatively constant during the past four years.
Source: US Census Bureau
Data Showing: Central County

Restaurants contribute to the culture of a community and help attract new residents and tourists.
Miami-Dade County has slightly more full-service restaurants per capita than the US and comparable metros with the exception of New York.
Between 2013 and 2015, the number of full service resturants in Miami slightly increased on a per capita basis, reversing losses experienced between 2011 and 2013.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Data Showing: Central County