Media Contact: Eunicia Baker, MPA - Senior Public Information Officer
City of North Miami
305-893.6511 Ext. 12160


North Miami, FL – 8/15/2012

City Will Continue to Seek Funding Alternatives for the Museum Expansion

Following the results of the August 14th election, the voters of North Miami have chosen not to institute a bond for the expansion of the City’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Although the results remain “unofficial” until they are certified by Miami-Dade County on Friday, August 17th, the North Miami City Council, City Administration, as well as the staff and volunteers of MOCA remain optimistic that the expansion of the museum will become a reality, as alternative funding options will now be sought. MOCA will continue to be a true asset to the North Miami community, providing an environment that fosters creativity for people of all ages and generating economic growth in the City’s downtown district.

North Miami Mayor Andre D. Pierre Esq. explained, “although we hear the voters of North Miami and understand that the additional cost of funding the City’s Museum of Contemporary Art is not the option preferred by our residents, we urge everyone to remember that “MOCA is Ours” and hope that the election has exposed MOCA to even more people in our community who will now visit and explore what the museum has to offer. The expansion plan does not stop here. The City of North Miami will continue to look for funding alternatives to make the dream a reality.”

Director and Chief Curator of MOCA, Bonnie Clearwater expressed, “we greatly appreciate the longstanding support of the City of North Miami, Mayor Andre Pierre and the entire City Council and the community of North Miami. We were optimistic that the referendum would pass so that MOCA can increase our programming and outreach for the community, while also providing a dedicated space for our permanent collection. We now look forward to working with the City to pursue other financing measures to make the expansion a reality.”

For complete election results, click here to visit Miami-Dade County Elections.

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