Friends, Clients and Colleagues,

We hope this brief #ThankfulThursday note finds you well.

On Monday, Marile and I kicked-off Miami Arts Week by joining Miami's elite artists, and distinguished fellow patrons of the arts for the Knight Foundation's " New Work Miami Celebration " at the spectacular   Pérez Art Museum Miami .

We were amazed to hear Alberto Ibargüen announce the Knight Foundation's transformational $37 million in new funding for arts organizations -- many of them mid-sized groups that fill out Miami’s arts ecosystem.

This brings to $165 million the unprecedented amount Knight Foundation has invested since 2005 to " make art general in Miami" -- and, s upport growth of Miami as a force for arts and culture.
We have witnessed first-hand -- in our own children, how --

Art and culture bind people to place and to each other. "
as Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen professes.

As volunteers and donors to Miami's arts and cultural organizations -- we have also witnessed the successful impact Knight's investments have had over these 13 years:

  • Local arts attendance has risen 27%;
  • Employment in the arts has risen 21%; and
  • A fifth of the 276 arts groups currently in our County have launched.

And so much more!
Please join Marile and me in congratulating and thanking Susana & Alberto Ibargüen for their passionate and influential leadership -- and the entire Knight Foundation for their instrumental roles in building Miami’s rich and diverse arts and cultural community.

Enjoy the cool weather -- we hope to see you around all the great art in Miami.
As always, thank you for your friendship and continued support.

Warmest personal regards,

Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq.