Cannonball Announces Operational Restructuring And Strengthening of Existing Programs

Cannonball is pleased to announce a new direction for the local arts organization. At the end of 2015, the Cannonball Board began evaluating its diverse programming, and each one’s impact on the Miami arts community. It was decided that, in order to maintain the integrity of its mission, and also foster growth and innovation in each program, Cannonball would seek an industry leader to acquire and expand on the Residency and R.A.D. Moving forward, ArtCenter South Florida will have full operational control of these two programs. Cannonball is confident that ArtCenter South Florida’s financial strength and strong community standing will bolster the Residency and R.A.D. Cannonball will refine its focus on its LegalLink and WaveMaker Grants platforms, allowing the organization to execute on what has always been its key mission- supporting artists and innovative forms of cultural production.

“The Board is excited to pursue growth in Cannonball’s core LegalLink and WaveMaker Grants programs, which are key components of our mission to support local artists and to impact the critical, intellectual and creative depth of Miami’s arts community. We are pleased that we can continue to make a significant impact on our community through these diverse, yet complementary, programs,” said Brian Heller, Cannonball’s Vice-Chairman.

About LegalLink: Cannonball’s original platform, this legal referral program serves approximately 300 artists and arts organizations per year, and maintains a network of 600 local attorneys whoprovide legal services for barter, pro bono or deeply discounted fees. The program enjoys a robust partnership with the University of Miami School of Law whereby law students earn school credit and gain clinical experience with real life cases.

About WaveMaker Grants: WaveMaker Grants, administered by Cannonball, is made possible by lead support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and is part of the Warhol Foundation's Regional Regranting Program. Part of a national network of Warhol-initiated re-granting programs, WaveMaker Grants is the first in the Southeast. WaveMaker Grants brings critical support to the growing number of innovative, artist-driven endeavors that make up Miami-Dade County’s burgeoning cultural landscape. WaveMaker Grants focuses on experimental, artist-centric projects and activities that operate without traditional funding sources and outside the demands of the marketplace. In its first year, Wavemaker granted over $100,000 (each up to $10,000) to Miami-based artists.  Cannonball is excited to announce the 2016 winners in WaveMaker grants this March, who will receive an aggregate of $100,000 in awards supporting several disciplines in the arts. In addition to the Warhol Foundation, both the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs support WaveMaker Grants.