Craig Robins, a real estate developer who started Design Miami, is starting a program at the University of Miami for artists, according to Agence France Presse:
“I’m very committed to Miami and I want to invest in Miami as a cultural center. ‘Art + Research’ is what Miami needs,” Robins, an influential figure in the cultural and architectural resurgence of Miami Beach, told AFP. […]
Now he is planning a two-year residency program at the University of Miami, determined to provide through his “Art + Research” scheme the facilities and resources budding artists need to get their foot on the ladder. The faculty will oversee up to 25 artists every two years who will follow an overall theme such as painting, video, fabric-printing or photography.
The goal is for tuition to be free. “We are budgeting six million dollars to cover the costs over the first three years plus a million dollars for facilities,” he added. The budget would allow for 12 emerging artists in residence, and the facilities are due to be contributed by his real estate company Dacra.