The ArtCenter has served as a catalyst for the South Florida arts community for the past 30 years and it continues to re-invent itself and stay current to better serve the community and the artists’ needs. Since 2014, the Studio Residency program has been restructured with support from the Knight Foundation. Through its Studio Residency and Visiting Artist Program, ArtCenter seeks to advance artists careers and attract and retain talent from all over the world.
ArtCenter prides itself in being one of the few institutions in South Florida that grants free admission to all of its exhibitions and other public programming in an effort to make the arts accessible to all. Approximately 100,000 visitors come to the ArtCenter every year. This, in combination with strong alliances with the corporate, academic and non-profit sectors, has contributed to ArtCenter’s recognition as a Major Cultural Institution by Miami-Dade County, as a Miami Beach Anchor Institution by the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council and as a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge grantee.
An article published in The New York Times praised the ArtCenter/South Florida, as an organization that “offers crucial lessons for the creative class,” referring to its founder’s vision of acquiring and selling properties to secure its future. The recent sale of one of its anchor buildings at 800-810 Lincoln Road will allow the ArtCenter to strengthen all programs and services and plan for future growth. ArtCenter continues to operate at 924 Lincoln Road, which houses 18 artists’ studios, our multipurpose space Project 924, the Audiotheque, art classes, and the PRINTshop. In January 2016, ArtCenter leased a property in Downtown Miami, with 6 living and working studios which will enable ArtCenter/South Florida to expand the Visiting Artist Program and re-imagine the educational programs associated with the residencies.