KIDS JAMM at PAMM Q&A: Michele Oka Doner

Get creative at KIDS JAMM at PAMM with some of Miami’s best-known artists. Pérez Art Museum Miami’s first-ever family fundraiser kicks off on Sunday, October 27 from 10am–2pm. Engage with renowned artists from a variety of disciplines including Michele Oka Doner, who is well known for her public and private art installations—like A Walk On The Beach, the mile and a quarter long bronze and terrazzo concourse at Miami International Airport.

We sat down with Oka Doner to talk about her excitement for this year’s event.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your practice.
I am a Miami native. My body of work has been strongly influenced by shapes and forms of the natural world surrounding me during my formative years growing up in Miami.

dfmd5511-Don Freeman.jpegPhoto: Don Freeman

How did you become involved with Pérez Art Museum Miami?
I have been involved with Pérez Art Museum Miami since its earliest iteration. Many of the supporters are friends and colleagues. In 2016, I had an exhibition, Michele Oka Doner: How I Caught a Swallow in Midair, of my work at PAMM. I continue to engage, speaking on various panels and supporting programs.

What can we expect from your activation at KIDS JAMM at PAMM?
I am a mother and grandmother, as well as an artist. My interest in children’s education in the broadest sense, and the encouragement of the creative side of that education, has always been a priority. I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute some time and energy to Miami’s children. The enthusiasm and energy associated with creation of a work of art will be palpable, and contagious. I believe it will leave an impression!

michele-oka-doner-5.jpgInstallation view: Michele Oka Doner: How I Caught a Swallow in Midair, Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2016.

What are you looking forward to most for this inaugural KIDS JAMM at PAMM?
The connection to the community of children in Miami is important. This first KIDS JAMM provides me with that access and the ability to pay it forward to a community that was so fertile, full of possibilities when I was a child. I hope to share that wealth of possibility.

Don’t have your tickets yet? Get yours today and support PAMM’s free access days and the PAMM Student Pass.

Leave a Reply