Pérez Art Museum Miami Collaborates with City of Miami and Food For The Poor in Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts

PAMM Postcards to Haiti Participants Receive Free Admission October 8

MIAMI October 7, 2016 – On Saturday, October 8, 1-4pm, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), in collaboration with the City of Miami and Food For The Poor, will join hurricane relief efforts through PAMM Postcards for Haiti. During PAMM Free Second Saturdays, teaching artists will encourage visitors to write inspirational messages on postcards to be included in care packages being sent to Haiti. Visitors will also have a chance to bring canned goods for those affected by the storm.   

“Being so close to the Caribbean, our thoughts are with the people in Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti and the Bahamas who were hit hard by Hurricane Matthew, as well as the millions still in its path,” stated PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans. “The museum is a site for people to connect and inspire each other, so our hope is that PAMM Postcards engages our community to connect with those in need through artistic messages of support and encouragement.” 

While South Florida fared well following Hurricane Matthew, others were not so fortunate. Haiti was battered by Hurricane Matthew leaving hundreds of homes shredded and life-threatening conditions in its wake. According to the United Nations, the death toll continues to climb while hundreds of thousands of others remain in a humanitarian crisis.

“In times like this, South Florida needs to show its generosity to those affected by this devastating hurricane,” said City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado.

“This is a very difficult time for Haiti. Our entire community needs to show support and love during this crisis,” said Commissioner Ken Russell. “We were very fortunate by not being hit by Matthew. Let’s do what we can to collect and provide needed items as well as emotional support to all Haitians.”

“Hurricane Matthew proved to be devastating storm in Haiti. Hundreds have been killed, crops destroyed and thousands are now homeless. Food For The Poor has been helping the poorest of the poor to get out of poverty for more than 30 years in Haiti, and we’re going to be there to help as many as needed to rebuild their lives after this storm,” said Angel Aloma, executive director of Food For The Poor. “We want to thank PAMM and the South Florida community for their support and loving generosity.”

Food for the Poor suggests donations of canned meats, canned fish and canned milk. Starting October 8-15, all City of Miami fire stations will collect specific items for Haiti including dry foods (rice and beans), baby food and powdered formula, first aid supplies and diapers.

Photo/Interview opportunities: Commissioner Russell will be in attendance with his two daughters. Food For The Poor’s Angel Aloma and his wife Denise will also be in attendance during the event.

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Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) promotes artistic expression and the exchange of ideas, advancing public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture and design, and reflecting the diverse community of its pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. A 32-year-old South Florida institution formerly known as Miami Art Museum (MAM), Pérez Art Museum Miami opened a new building, designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park on December 4, 2013. The facility is a state-of-the-art model for sustainable museum design and progressive programming and features 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space with flexible galleries; shaded outdoor verandas; a waterfront restaurant and bar; a museum shop; and an education center with a library, media lab and classroom spaces. For more information, please visit www.pamm.org, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/perezartmuseummiami), or follow us on Twitter (@pamm).

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