private sector council
PS Council Member
Arts & Business Council of Greater Miami
PO Box 012100
Miami, Florida 33101-2100
As Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Miami for the past 20 years, Laura Bruney has helped strengthen the cultural community through leadership and board development programs, audience development and marketing initiatives, volunteer programs for the arts and networking and community events. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of Council staff, policy and programs. Ms. Bruney works closely with the Council board to develop and implement the Council’s strategic plan, interfaces with the cultural community on behalf of the Council, and is the Council’s chief spokesperson. Ms. Bruney is responsible for the development and implementation of new programs and services, diversified fund-raising and public relations strategies, and the overall development and coordination of the organization’s signature event, the Serving the Arts Luncheon.
The Arts & Business Council of Miami is a unique organization that is making a difference in South Florida by providing the catalyst for building working partnerships between business and the arts. Ms. Bruney joined the Council during its second full year of operation in 1987 and has been the Director since 1988. She was instrumental in the development of the Arts & Business Council concept during its early years and is credited with creating fourteen different programs and services through the Council, generating more than $8 million in business resources to benefit the nonprofit cultural sector. Under Ms. Bruney’s leadership the Arts & Business Council has expanded by more than 1,000% attracting new volunteers and community leaders. She is devoted to creating partnerships between the corporate and cultural communities. To that end, she works closely with the boards and executive staff of over 500 cultural organizations and recruits, trains and manages over 50 executive consultants and 1,500 direct service volunteers from the corporate community.
Ms. Bruney organizes the Arts & Business Council’s signature event, the Serving the Arts Luncheon which has honored the corporations and individuals that keep the arts vibrant and thriving in Miami Dade for over 10 years. Over 600 corporate leaders, arts executives and elected officials participate each year.
Ms. Bruney is very active in the community. She is a member of the Coral Gables Chamber and is active in the Arts Committee. She partners with the Miami Beach Chamber each year to host the Arts & Business Lunch. Ms. Bruney is chair for the Arts Subcommittee of the Creative Industries committee of the Greater Miami Chamber where she helps develop forums focused on the enhancing the creative industries in South Florida. Additional involvement includes: serving on the Executive Committee of the Dade Cultural Alliance, Theatre League of South Florida and Children’s Cultural Coalition; Chairing a Committee for Arts in North Beach. She is active in the Business Center for the Arts Exploratory Committee with an exciting vision to bring a full range of technical assistance opportunities to artists and arts executives under one roof. She is also a member of the Miami Beach Women’s Commission and works with them on pay equity and arts outreach opportunities.
Her other civic leadership includes serving as former Chair of the Miami Beach Mayor’s Committee on Cultural Affairs and participation in Leadership Miami. She is a past chair of the Miami Beach Fine Arts Board which produces the Miami Beach Festival of the Arts. Under her leadership the festival cemented it’s partnership with the North Beach Development Corporation and increased artistic quality and attendance. Ms. Bruney has also served on numerous grant panels for the Miami Dade Department of Cultural Affairs and the State of Florida.
Ms. Bruney has been honored with Who’s Who of American Women, International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, Miami Arts Exchange Maxie Recognition Award, Miami Today’s Up & Comers Award - Arts & Culture Category, Greater Miami Chamber Special Recognition Award and Who’s Who of Women Executives.
Ms. Bruney received a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Miami, School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Florida. Prior to her work with the Arts & Business Council Ms. Bruney worked as Director of Instructional Resources for the University of Miami School of Medicine and before that served as a Medical Television Producer with the University of Miami. She worked with CBS Sports on a freelance basis for several years.