ArtCenter/South Florida: 1st Residency Art in Public Life

Through Wed May 1, 2019

ArtCenter/South Florida and the City of Miami Beach have named their first Art in Public Life resident, who will provide a fresh perspective in helping the city address the challenge of sea level rise and improve its overall resiliency. Our first Art in Public Life resident, Misael Soto, will provide that perspective, spending a year embedded in the city to both develop artworks and public programs while offering a fresh, creative perspective on the city’s resiliency plan.

Visual Artist Misael Soto, who recently received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will work both at City Hall and in a studio at ArtCenter. Over the next year, Soto will be embedded in the City of Miami Beach, working directly with the City’s Director of Environment and Sustainability as the City develops climate adaptation and mitigation programs and strategies. Miami Beach is proactively addressing sea level rise, its economic and social consequences, and other challenges faced by many cities in the 21st century. The city is investing $500 million to raise roads and install pumps to protect the island and the people who live there, and is also developing a comprehensive resiliency strategy. Soto plans to attend meetings, provide input, and, through art, bring the community into the process.

Soto has exhibited at MCA Chicago, Open Engagement 2015, the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, Material Art Fair in Mexico City, David Castillo Gallery in Miami and the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, among others.

ArtCenter/South Florida
924 Lincoln Road, Suite 205
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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