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Christo and Jeanne-Claude Christo. Documentary photograph of Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida (1980–83). Woven polypropylene fabric surrounding 11 islands, Styrofoam, steel cables, and anchoring system (6.5 million square feet of fabric overall) (photo by Wolfgang Volz, © Christo 1983)

Today, the Pérez Art Museum Miami announced its solidarity with federal workers and their families, with an initiative offering part-time employment opportunities as a means to substitute income under the continued government shutdown.

“Furloughed federal employees passionate about art are invited to apply to join the PAMM team part-time,” the museum wrote in a statement sent to press. “All interested furloughed federal employees should send their resumes to resumes@pamm.org.”

Starting today, January 11, the museum will also offer free admission to patrons and one guest with a valid federal employee ID. The offer will remain available until the government shutdown ends.

Franklin Sirmans, director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, said in a statement sent to press:

As we continue into the third week of a partial government shutdown, we empathize with our affected friends, neighbors, and colleagues across the United States. We are eager to play a role and proud to offer a hand where we can. While our gesture will not solve the issues or placate the hardships of the current government shutdown, we hope to alleviate the economics of visiting the museum by offering free admission to all furloughed federal workers, in addition to offering select part-time positions throughout the remainder of the shutdown.

The museum is currently showing a host of exhibitions, including a screening of Arthur Jafa’s Love is the Message, the Message is Death, Ebony G. Patterson’s. . . while the dew is still on the roses . . ., and a documentary film about the public artwork of pink islands that wowed Miami in the 1980s.

Jasmine Weber

Jasmine Weber is Hyperallergic's news editor. She is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, particularly interested in Black art histories and visual culture. She received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies...