Since our birth as an institution, we have been dedicated to the work of Black and Brown artists. Our hearts are with George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others.
Now, more than ever, we stand in solidarity with our communities and with those who seek justice and reform. Most of us are here in the space of the arts because we want to change the world and believe that museums afford us an opportunity to do just that—or at least, be close to the possibility of changing the world. We can start by doing these and other intentional acts:
Educating ourselves on the history of racism in America.
From themes in artwork to documentaries and books, there are so many places to start learning about systemic racism and how it’s spread to our modern day. The National Museum of African American History & Culture has a full library of information and resources. Learn more.
Personally reflecting and having those uncomfortable conversations.
Talking about race and racial injustices, although hard, is necessary. It's a lifelong journey. Talking about race starts with personal reflection. Read more.
Making your voice heard by voting.
Change often starts at the polls, so make sure to register and participate in not only national, but in local elections too. Avoid any barriers by requesting a mail-in ballot, which can be mailed in or dropped off at the polling place. Learn more.
Supporting Artists of Color in your community.
We believe in the power of artists as critical voices in all contemporary life. Building on and expanding our collection into one that showcases the variety and impact of Black and Brown artists—both globally and in the Miami community—is at the forefront of our mission. Through our PAMM Fund for African American Art, we hope to break the traditional museum narrative and bring together artists that will inspire and connect us all. We create community programs with local organizations—like Indigo Arts Alliance, Black Lounge Film Series, Guitars Over Guns, South Florida Cares, and (F)EMPOWER, just to name a few—facilitating a platform for creation of new and diverse stories and narratives in art history.
Supporting organizations that work for positive change.
There are so many organizations both nationally and locally to involve yourself with to take action towards positive change. The NAACP is the nation's first and largest grassroots–based civil rights organization with over 2,000 volunteer-run branches nationwide. The ACLU is a nonprofit legal, and advocacy organization that has been at the center of nearly every major civil liberties battle in the U.S. for more than 100 years. Engage Miami takes down barriers and builds bridges to equitable civic leadership through voter registration, civic education, and organizing campaigns on the issues that matter to young people in Miami. The Dream Defenders are building a powerful, deep, local, organization and movement for freedom and liberation in Florida. Breakthrough Miami is one of the largest affiliates of the Breakthrough Collaborative, which includes 24 affiliate partners using the signature students-teaching-students model to support traditionally under-represented students to achieve post-secondary success and inspire emerging leaders to become educators and advocates. Find a group that aligns with your views and explore how you can support.
Contacting elected officials in support of legislative and policy change.
Make your voice heard. Find out who your representatives are and the best way to reach them. Learn more.
Exercising your right to be heard, protest, and gather safely and peacefully in solidarity.
And if you don't want to or are unable to protest, you can still use the resources you have to speak up about these issues.
Making sure you fill out the 2020 Census.
It happens once every 10 years and it’s the only way to ensure fair representation as well as access to healthcare and education. Learn more.
These resources have been updated as of June 2, 2020.
PAMM Fund for African American Art
A group helping to grow the collection with works by African American artists.
An arts education program that promotes critical and timely dialogue between community youth and police.
Overtown Afterschool at PAMM
Engaging youth in project-based learning while supporting the development of confidence in their own artist expression.
Polyphonic: Celebrating PAMM’s Fund for African American Art
This exhibition highlights contemporary art in the permanent collection by African American and African diaspora artists.
The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art
A thematic group exhibition centered on the question, “what might a Caribbean future look like?”
What Carried Us Over: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey
Features selections from gifts made by Gordon W. Bailey, a Los Angeles, who has donated 60 artworks to PAMM since 2016.