Cricket Taplin to be Honored at PAMM Corporate Luncheon


Cricket Taplin
Cricket Taplin

The woman who pioneered the Art Hotel concept with Miami Beach’s Sagamore hotel, Cricket Taplin, will be honored Wednesday, September 28th at the Ninth Annual Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Corporate Luncheon. She, and her late husband Martin Taplin, were one of the first to explore the connection between art and hospitality. During the time they owned the Sagamore, one of Miami Beach’s iconic Art Deco hotels, From 1997-2016 they displayed their extensive contemporary art collection in the public spaces of the hotel, often commissioned hotel-specfic installations with artists like Spencer Tunick.

“When Marty and I bought the hotel there was no business plan,” explains Taplin. “The whole art hotel happened very organically. It was ahead of its time and opened the world of art to a larger audience. We discovered that exhibiting our collection throughout the public spaces allowed people to interact with contemporary art in less intimidating ways than those formalized by museums and traditional exhibition spaces. Our hotel guests and visitors loved the fact that the pieces on display were part of a personal collection as opposed to a corporate acquired one. There was a positive effect on the visitors and the community. The choice to make the collection part of a public conversation was born from my belief that art has the ability to change people’s lives.”

PAMM’s new director, Franklin Sirmans, said “Cricket’s passion and generosity has made her a staple in Miami’s evolving arts scene and philanthropic community.” PAMM Corporate Honors will be awarded to Cricket Taplin and the Sol Taplin Charitable Foundation, The Foundation generously donates to a variety of organizations that benefit education programs, homeless shelters, medical institutions, non-profits among others, and museums including PAMM. All funds from the Luncheon will be donated to the museum’s art and education outreach programs.

Still, Taplin is shy and self-effacing. “I don’t think I deserve it yet. There are so many other things I want to do, but I’m grateful,” she says.

The Ninth Annual PAMM Corporate Luncheon co-chairs are Jorge M. Pérez and Aaron Podhurst. The event will be presented by STARR Events and will open the museum’s doors to South Florida’s most influential business leaders, in honor of their vital support of the arts in South Florida. While at the museum, they’ll have the chance to browse the collection and even watch a film highlighting top donors.

The PAMM Corporate Luncheon raises funds for the museum’s education programs. PAMM is the largest provider of art education outside of MIami-Dade County Schools, reaching more than 130,000 children since opening in December of 2013. Corporate support has helped finance a lot of the free programs offered by the museum.

PAMM Corporate Luncheon sponsorships are available, ranging from $20,000 diamond sponsorships which include 20 tickets, to $2,500 silver sponsorships which include five tickets. Individual tickets are available for $500. For sponsorship levels and benefits, or to make reservations online, visit For event and ticket information, contact Christopher Pastor at 786 345 5633 or