The building and operation of the Arsht Center is one of the most ambitious private/public partnerships ever undertaken by Miami-Dade County.
A performing arts center in Miami had been a dream of South Florida patrons, artists, and civic and government leaders for decades. In the mid-'80s, the Miami-Dade County Commission began exploring the composition and location for a proposed performing arts center and, after extensive studies, approved a financing plan for the center in 1990. Miami-Dade County would own the center complex and oversee its construction.
Once architects and theater planners were chosen in October 1997, the county’s Miami-Dade Art in Public Places Trust commissioned several site-specific art installations that would complement and enhance the center’s architecture while bringing the vision and talent of a diverse group of artists to the Miami community. The works include lobby floors and railings by José Bedia, a large-scale glass tile mural by Cundo Bermudez, outdoor water and seating elements by Anna Valentina Murch, a site-specific art installation for the Ziff Ballet Opera House plaza by Gary Moore, and a proscenium curtain and organ scrim designed by Robert Rahway Zakanitch.
Construction began in 2001 – upon approval by the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners of the construction contract by Performing Arts Center Builders – and was completed in October 2006.
Today, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible, in large measure, by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council.