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Dan Gelber: The Fine Art of Being Mayor of Miami Beach

Dan Gelber:  The Fine Art of Being Mayor of Miami Beach
Introduction to Dan Gelber.  0:34 sec.  Interview: Miriam Mirolla &  Raymond Elman. Videography & Production:  Braudy Castillo.  Recorded:  12/19/2019, Miami Beach City Hall.

 

Editor’s note:  This interview was recorded right after Art Basel Miami Beach week in December, 2019.

 

Born in Miami Beach, DAN GELBER was raised to believe in public service and the importance of community. His father, respected former Miami Beach Mayor and Judge Seymour Gelber, and his mother, Beach High foreign-language teacher Edith Gelber, were models of that service.

Dan lived these principles through service as a federal prosecutor for nearly a decade, handling public corruption prosecutions, complex economic crimes, and eventually becoming a decorated top deputy. Dan was then appointed by former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn as the Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the prestigious U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations – a position previously held by Bobby Kennedy – where he worked on counter-terrorism issues and combated fraud and waste in government.

Dan returned home and served Miami Beach as a Florida State Representative and Senator, where he was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be their House Democratic Leader. While representing Miami Beach in the legislature Dan was a leading voice on strengthening public schools and improving public safety and public corruption laws. He led the battle against windstorm insurance rate hikes and was recognized as a relentless champion for LGBT rights. Today, Dan is considered one of Florida’s most respected voices on Florida public policy.

In 2017, Dan was elected Mayor of his hometown with over 82% support. He led the Commission in creating the innovative STEAM Plus program, partnering with local cultural institutions to infuse the arts directly into the school curriculum. Dan started the #PlasticFreeMB initiative and improved the City’s resilience by inviting the Urban Land Institute to review current strategies. He was also an architect of the G.O. Bonds Program approved by 70% of residents in 2018, which will enhance existing City infrastructure and fund new parks and public safety projects. Additionally, Dan has led the City on efforts to implement enhanced community policing and elevating arts and culture.

Dan has also always been devoted to helping his community, especially those who need a hand. Dan joined the Big Brothers program and was matched to 6-year old Travis, who he has stayed with for over 25 years and is now a practicing dentist. When he was just 26, Dan co-founded a summer camp for kids with cancer where volunteered for decades.

Dan practices law with the firm of Gelber Schachter & Greenberg PA in Miami and is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and Chambers. Dan is married to Joan Silverstein, a career federal prosecutor, and they have three kids and a dog named Buddy they are still trying to train (the dog not the kids).

Dan graduated from Tufts University magna cum laude and the University of Florida Law School where he was a national Truman Scholar.

— from the Miami Beach City Hall website.

 

MIRIAM MIROLLA is the lead interviewer for this discussion with the Mayor.  Mirolla is an experimental artist based in Rome. She is Chair of Psychology of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, contemporary art curator and journalist, member of Eventualist Theory, expert in 20th century Avant-Garde movements.

Mirolla’s general interests span the areas of contemporary art, avant-garde theories, psychology of the arts, subliminal perception, gender studies, arts and humanities — subjects on which she has published numerous journal papers, conference papers, books and monographs, as well as curating numerous collective and solo exhibitions in Italy, London, Miami and Beijing.

She is also Founder and Director of LAP – Laboratory of Art Psychology (2009); and Founder and President of APEXperience — Association of Art and Psychology Experience (2018).

Mirolla’s current research focuses on eyetracking movements, interaction theories and philanthropy in art.  On this topic, she is going to publish the volume: The Miami Art System. How Contemporary Art is re-designing the Beautiful City.

 

The videos below are organized by topic and run between 30 seconds and 3 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.

 

UNDERSTANDS THE AUDIENCE’S PERSPECTIVE: 1:08 min.

Why did you run unopposed in your most recent election for mayor of Miami Beach?

 

SELF-CONFIDENCE:  1:08 min.

What inspired you to run and become the mayor of Miami Beach?

 

STRONG DRIVE FOR ACHIEVEMENT:  1:16 min.

As mayor of Miami Beach, you are supposed to be bi-partisan. How does that work?

 

COLLABORATION:  1:53 min.

Who is responsible for leading the art in public places program in Miami Beach? 

 

BREAKS THE RULES:  1:32 min.

How do you measure the impact of public art on citizens and on tourists?

 

UNDERSTANDS THE AUDIENCE’S PERSPECTIVE:  2:18 min.

What are your thoughts about the reputation of Miami Beach and Miami as a cultural art center compared with other major cities in the United States and around the world? 

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND: 2:17 min.

When you made a speech to the media at Art Basel Miami Beach, what did you mean when you said, “Art should be democratized?”

 

COMMUNITY VALUES: 1:59 min.

How does art philanthropy influence the development of Miami Beach?

 

RESPECTS OTHERS POINTS OF VIEWS:  2:19 min.

Are you directly involved with trying to keep politics out of aesthetic decisions?

 

UNDERSTANDS THE BUSINESS OF ART:  3:10 min.

Miami Beach is home to several museums and art districts, but Art Basel has been the booster rocket for art in the area. What is the impact of Art Basel on your governance and strategy? 

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND:  1:54 min.

How should I title my book in progress that describes the art communities of Miami and Miami Beach?

 

COMMUNITY VALUES:  1:05 min.

The New World Symphony WALLCAST® is certainly a unique experience.

 

UNDERSTANDS THE AUDIENCE’S PERSPECTIVE:  1:11 min.

When I go to various art fairs during Art Week, I see a lot of young people who are all dressed up like they are going back stage at a rock event. They may not know anything about art, but they are excited and they will absorb art awareness through osmosis.

 

UNDERSTANDS THE AUDIENCE’S PERSPECTIVE:  1:40 min.

Let’s not forget the amazing architecture of Miami Beach.

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  1:41 min.

Since you mentioned Rome, do you think Rome can be a model of Miami Beach?

 

OVERCOME CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  0:41 sec.

Perhaps it’s Venice that should be the sister city for Miami Beach.

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  1:21 min.

Some people like to talk about an “Art Corridor” that stretches from Miami Beach to Palm Beach. Do you see it that way?