The program is supported in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, which funds the best ideas for bringing South Florida together through the arts.
Over the next year, Soto will be embedded in the City of Miami Beach, working directly with the City’s Director of Environment and Sustainability as the City develops climate adaptation and mitigation programs and strategies. Miami Beach is proactively addressing sea level rise, its economic and social consequences, and other challenges faced by many cities in the 21st century. The city is investing $500 million to raise roads and install pumps to protect the island and the people who live there, and is also developing a comprehensive resiliency strategy. Soto plans to attend meetings, provide input, and, through art, bring the community into the process.
“Miami Beach residents have seen the effects of sea level rise first hand. A problem this complex demands attention and solutions from all corners of our city. We’re excited to have Misael on board to help us reach more people and to harness creativity on the issue,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber.
Oolite Arts will work closely with the artist on the implementation of programming and art works throughout the residency period.
“This residency is a way for me, an artist, to get into the room with those who are making the decisions that affect people on the ground daily and contribute in multiple ways, primarily through my art,” Soto said.
Soto has exhibited at MCA Chicago, Open Engagement 2015, the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, Material Art Fair in Mexico City, David Castillo Gallery in Miami and the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, among others.