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Miami embraces art plans to build museum

on Wednesday,December 01,2010 19:12

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Museums are home to some of the world's most treasured art, but South Beach has been without an institution for years. Recently, permits were approved to allow construction to begin on the Miami Art Museum (MAM) on Biscayne Bay. Architects will begin work on the project, which is located on four acres worth $200 million, according to the Miami Herald.

"We're all go," MAM chairman, Aaron Podhurst, told the news source. "It's Art Basel [art show] and the whole world is here. The timing is perfect.''

The plans to construct the museum come six months after officials raised $30 million through pledges and $100 million in voter-approved bonds. The MAM will have to depend on taxpayers' money to eventually save up enough money to pay off the rest of the endowment over the next few years. However, project director, Robert Portnoff, says he does not expect any hurdles moving forward with the plans.

Architect jobs are projected to increase by 16 percent over the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Individuals on architecture career paths may have the opportunity to design museums as more communities look to embrace the art world.

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