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Front Page » Profile » Paul Lehr Awaits Top Us Arts Students In Youngarts Week As He Guides National Youngarts Foundation In New Home

Paul Lehr Awaits Top Us Arts Students In Youngarts Week As He Guides National Youngarts Foundation In New Home

Written by on January 3, 2013

It was a little over a year ago that Paul T. Lehr decided he wanted to find a home for the National YoungArts Foundation. The determined executive director did not waste much time after acquiring the Bacardi Tower in 2012 and is already working with world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to transform the site into an arts hub.

After reporter Laura Stace interviewed the energetic leader in his office in the historically listed blue-and-white tower at 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Mr. Lehr proudly gave the media group a tour and outlined preliminary plans.

The first and second floors of the blue-and-white tower will be used as gallery and exhibition space. The third floor is pegged to comprise two to three units for an artist-in-residence program, while the fourth, fifth and sixth floors are slated to remain as office space for the organization. Mr. Lehr said the seventh floor will be used as a performance space, and he wishes to partner an education provider with a culinary institute to create a restaurant.

The jewel box building west of the blue-and-white tower, now full of former Bacardi cubicles, is to be transformed into work space for artists of various disciplines, and a 20,000-square-foot white building on the property, not historically listed and also full of cubicles, is set to be demolished.

This space and the remainder of undesignated space on the 3.5-acre property will be used for a 500- to 900-seat performance center and lush landscaped gardens.

It is an exciting time for the organization with a new home and its YoungArts Week set to commence in just a few days. To read the full article and the rest of the Miami Today issue, GO TO e-MIAMI TODAY, an exact replica of the printed edition. To read this profile article in its entirety, subscribe to e-MiamiToday. With the e-MiamiToday you will be able to read the entire contents of Miami Today online exactly as it appears in print. –> Or order this issue, to receive a regular printed copy of this week’s Miami Today. You may also subscribe to the printed edition of Miami Today to receive the newspaper every week by mail. If you are reading this in Miami Today’s “Online Archive” as an archived web page and would like to see the entire article that was published, call Miami Today, 305-358-2663 and ask for the Circulation Department.   Top Front Page About Miami Today Put Your Message in Miami Today Contact Miami Today © Copyright 2013 Miami Today designed and produced by Green Dot Advertising and Marketingvar gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src='” + gaJsHost + “’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”));var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-4990655-1”);pageTracker._initData();pageTracker._trackPageview();