The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami), is dedicated to promoting the work of contemporary artists, and to the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally. Through an energetic calendar of exhibitions and programs, and its collections, ICA Miami provides an international platform for the work of established and emerging artists, and advances the public appreciation and understanding of the most innovative and experimental art of our time.
During a conversation with ICA Miami and poet Rindon Johnson, emerging Brooklyn-based artist Diamond Stingily touches on how the joy of Black art subverts expectation.
Following his lecture at ICA Miami's Art + Research Center, architect and urban designer Germane Barnes unpacks the significance behind the landmark Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.
Artist Tomm El-Saieh (center) pauses to take a selfie with students from Touissant L’ouverture Elementary School.
ICA Miami's partnership with Touissant L’ouverture Elementary aims to foster appreciation and understanding of artworks through close observation, hands on art making and creative writing. Education staff at ICA Miami coordinate with teachers to develop curriculum that makes art an integral part of lesson planning focusing on core standards in language arts, mathematics, social studies and science.
Visitor Services Associate Isabella Rodriguez tours middle school students enrolled in ICA Miami's portfolio prep program through an exhibition of paintings by Mexico City-based artist Francis Alÿs.
ICA Miami offers a two-week summer course designed to prepare incoming 7th and 8th grade students aspiring to apply to magnet and charter arts schools. Mentored by high school peers from New World School of the Arts, Miami Arts Charter and the Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH), ICA Miami's Portfolio Prep for Academic Art Programs prepares students for the competitive application process.
Students from the outgoing Young Artists Initiative Spring 2018 semester pose in front of didactic text promoting their student exhibition, Home Invasion. Throughout the semester, students were asked to consider how the domestic sphere has been used to reflect psychologic, cultural and social issues.
Installation view of “Sondra Perry: Typhoon coming on” on view at ICA Miami. The exhibition examined the artist’s innovative use of video, media, installation and performance to create powerful narratives that explore the intersection of black identity, digital culture and power.
Artist and poet (second to right) Rindon Johnson and rising Brooklyn-based artist Diamond Stingily (right) discuss Stingily’s recent work included in her first solo museum presentation, "Life In My Pocket," at ICA Miami.
Young Artist's Initiative
Young Artists Initiative (YAI) connects young artists (9–12th grade) to the museum’s collection and local arts community through an immersive two-year program. Participants are encouraged to look critically at contemporary art practices, and are provided with opportunities to work directly with leading artists exhibiting at the museum and throughout the community. Each semester, students explore a different theme or practice related to the museum’s current exhibitions and programs.
Community Outreach Program
ICA Miami’s outreach program works within the community with the goal of increasing self-esteem and critical thinking skills. The program uses the theme of identity as a platform to allow participants to feel empowered and express personal narratives through creative work. The objective of the work is to provide participants with the tools and framework to think critically about themselves, their place in the world around them, and their ability to express themselves.
Family Day is a free monthly event by ICA Miami and the museum’s neighborhood partner, the Miami Design District, that encourages community engagement with art and design through interactive activities and performances for all ages. Family Day events are scheduled every third Sunday of the month and presented throughout the museum and Design District. Our family memberships offer additional opportunities to learn and further engage with the museum and contemporary art.
ICA Miami’s Special Exhibitions, Ground Floor Galleries, and Sculpture Garden are dedicated to major thematic group shows and monographic exhibitions for emerging and established international contemporary artists. In ICA Miami's new permanent home, the museum connects major work of the post-war period to the most experimental work being made today.
Free Public Programs
ICA Miami’s free public programs provide dynamic modes of creation and interaction outside the exhibition format, and connect audiences to artists and other leading thinkers in new and surprising ways. ICA Miami’s public programming is divided into four categories: Ideas, Speaks, Performs, and Residents. ICA Ideas facilitate discussion about exhibitions on view; ICA Speaks is an artist lecture series that promotes original scholarship around the museum’s permanent holdings; ICA Performs commissions interdisciplinary performance works; and ICA Residents offers artists and organizations the opportunity to collaborate on short-term commissions, projects, and events with the museum.