Jorge Pérez foundation plans $3.5 million to spur arts

Written by Abraham Galvan on April 11, 2023


Jorge Pérez foundation plans $3.5 million to spur arts

The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation has launched its third edition of the Pérez CreARTE Grants Program, awarding over $3.5 million to organizations across Miami-Dade County that seek to cultivate a vibrant and culturally stimulating arts ecosystem.

With two-year grants ranging from $100,000 to $250,000, the 2023 program will focus on three main areas: arts access, arts education, and artist fellowships and residencies.

“Art is a powerful tool – it allows artists to not only communicate personal emotions and ideas but also inspire entire communities. The importance of this dynamic cannot be understated, especially as our city and region go through tremendous change,” said developer Jorge M. Pérez, philanthropist and founder of the Pérez Family Foundation. “We’re firm believers that art feeds the soul, ultimately benefiting the entire community in a unique way. Pérez CreARTE has made such a profound impact over the past four years, and we’re honored to continue our efforts toward making Miami-Dade a global hub for artistic excellence.”

The Pérez Family Foundation’s financial investment in Pérez CreARTE has grown immensely since its inception, with $2 million distributed as part of the inaugural program in 2019 and another $3.2 million distributed in 2021. The program has made a total investment of over $6.3 million in 30 organizations across Miami-Dade County, enabling these organizations to reach more than 400,000 individuals through grant-supported programming, capacity building and impact assessment.

Accepting applicants now through May 26, the third edition of Pérez CreARTE will seek to fill key areas that impact the creative community most, including access to affordable workspaces, cultural equity and education. The grants program is made possible through a unique partnership between the Pérez Family Foundation and The Miami Foundation, a pillar of the local nonprofit community that currently manages close to $445 million in philanthropic funds.

The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation fulfills the philanthropic vision of Jorge M. Pérez, chairman and CEO of The Related Group, and his family to develop South Florida as an exemplary world-class urban center. Since 2015, the family foundation has committed $38 million in support of 111 non-profit organizations.

“Partnering with the Pérez family on their philanthropy is a win for the Miami social sector,” said Miami Foundation President and CEO Rebecca Fishman Lipsey. “We are proud to leverage our foundation’s staff, community knowledge, and expertise to help produce a transformational giving program for our community. The generosity of the Pérez family is unparalleled, and their vision for impact and bold approach to giving sets a tone for what philanthropy can be in Miami.”



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