We live in a Balkanized community, with museums disconnected from the neighborhoods in which they sit. Art festivals occur where millions of dollars of artwork is sold and people are willing to spend a lot of money to host parties while people go hungry next door.
No programs are sponsored for poor kids in the neighborhoods next to them to learn about art in publicly funded museums.
It’s refreshing to hear significant arts patrons, like Rosa de la Cruz, speak their truth in the Dec. 14 article Miami’s de la Cruz Collection explores the processes behind artistic projects and call us to task for, among other things, failing to include non-elites in the real life of museums in Miami.
As for MOCA, its importance is its location and the role it plays in its surrounding communities. MOCA’s original mission was that of continuing to connect and bring challenging art to all segments of this community.
Art must be about inclusion rather than just one more tool that separates us from each other in Miami.
John De Leon, Miami