Miami Art Museum luncheon to honor Bank of America

By Allie Schwartz….
Miami’s business, civic and cultural leaders will gather to honor the private sector’s impact on South Florida’s cultural landscape during the fourth annual Miami Art Museum (MAM) Corporate Luncheon on Friday, May 13.

Bank of America, one of the world’s largest financial institutions and a mainstay of support in South Florida’s cultural community, will receive the 2011 Miami Art Museum Corporate Honors for its community development activities including its “Museums on Us” program, and its philanthropic efforts and consistent support of South Florida’s cultural institutions.

Since 1998, Bank of America has provided sustaining support to the Annual Fund for exhibitions and education at Miami Art Museum.

This year’s MAM Corporate Luncheon, presented by South Motors Automotive Group, will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Miami from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Luncheon proceeds will support “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl,” an exhibition which Miami Art Museum will present in 2012 with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge initiative.

“We are proud to honor Bank of America for its longtime commitment to enacting positive change in South Florida,” said Aaron Podhurst, chair of Miami Art Museum’s board of trustees. “Bank of America’s support for the arts is a shining example of how our community’s corporate citizens are directly impacting our cultural institutions, and in the process, our economy and quality of life.

“Miami Art Museum’s strength as a public-private partnership will take on added significance as we continue our capital campaign in the span leading up to the debut of our new building in Museum Park,” he added.

Antonio L. Argiz, CEO and managing partner of accounting firm Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra LLC, will serve as 2011 luncheon honorary chair. Pedro A. Fernandez, principal of Bernstein Global Wealth Management, and Alex Espenkotter, partner with law firm Heller Waldman PL, will serve as luncheon chairs.

Thomas Collins, director of Miami Art Museum, and Dennis Scholl, vice president, Arts, for John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will serve as keynote speakers during the luncheon.

In an address, titled “Growing Miami, Growing Miami Art Museum: A Dialogue for the Corporate Community,” Collins and Scholl will discuss the current state of affairs in Miami’s arts and cultural landscape, which has undergone a dramatic resurgence in recent years.

Luncheon sponsorships are available, ranging from $2,500 for a partial table to $20,000 for two tables of 10. Individual tickets range from $150 for a single ticket to $1,500 for a partial table and recognition in the event program.

For additional information or to reserve seats, call Brooke Minto at 305-375-2617, or send email to bminto@miamiartmuseum.org . For more information about Miami Art Museum, visit or call 305-375-3000.

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