Director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
As Director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Michael Spring is responsible for supervision of a public arts agency with an annual budget of more than $24 million and a staff of 26. He represents the Department on numerous cultural and civic committees including service as Secretary of the board of directors of Americans for the Arts (the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America), a founding board member and officer of Americans for the Arts Action Fund, Vice Chairman of the Florida Cultural Alliance, a member and past President of the United States Urban Arts Federation, a past President of the Florida Association of Local Arts Agencies, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. He serves as Chairperson of the South Florida Cultural Consortium, an organization that helps to coordinate cultural development in the five-county region, and director of the Miami-Dade Tourist Development Council. In 2007, he assumed the additional responsibility of leading Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program. He joined the staff of the Council in 1983 and served as Deputy Director until his appointment as Director in December 1990. Before his tenure at the Council in 1983, he was a museum curator for three years and worked in the federally-supported CETA Artists-in-Service program, designed to involve artists in community projects.