Recognizing Miami-Dade’s diversity population of residents whose ancestors hail from The Bahamas, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, other islands in the Caribbean Basin, South America and Africa, the Commission at last Wednesday’s meeting voted on the advancement of a museum on the African Diaspora.
The Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora (Miami MoCAAD), supported by Commissioner Jean Monestime, was proposed by the Miami-Dade North Arts and Humanity Foundation.
The foundation has experience helping other museums in the county like the Perez Art Museum Miami.
During a commission meeting Dec. 6, the board voted to support the museum with a grant of $100,000. The funds will be used to aid the project’s planning stages.
Michael Spring, director of the Department of Cultural affairs, has been involved in making the museum a viable possibility.
Spring has been working with Marilyn Holifield, a Miami attorney and a known supporter of the arts, who has been a driving force behind this project.
“She’s a bright attorney and is very passionate about this,” said Spring.
The museum has been in the works since 2013. Yet, it’s still in the early stages of planning.
“There isn’t a set date,” said Holifield about when the museum is expected to begin construction or opening.
The foundation has aided Holifield with the necessary resources to help make the museum a reality, like providing guidance from building a board to aid from architects for building plans.
The location is yet to be determined, but county documents show it will be somewhere in Northwest Miami-Dade. There is talk of the museum’s future location being in Miami-Dade College’s north campus.
The Commission approved the museum’s funding strategies 12-0.
In other news, commissioners voted 9-0 on an ordinance requiring foreclosure homeowners to register the property with the Office of Neighborhood Compliance.
The ordinance is a result of unoccupied homes left unkempt by owners, which has affected surrounding homeowners by devaluing their properties.
Seen as a health and safety issue, the board has taken this initiative to maintain the aesthetics in the county’s residential districts and improve the quality of life for Miami-Dade residents.
Mortgage owners are expected to register their homes for $125 within 10 days of ownership.
The ordinance is scheduled for a public hearing on March 14.