2a. Mission Statement:
The mission of ArtCenter/South Florida is to advance the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts and culture in South Florida. Located in the heart of Miami Beach on Lincoln Road, AC/SF provides affordable work-space for outstanding visual artists in all stages of career development. AC/SF offers access to resources and technical support, creates opportunities for artistic experimentation and encourages the exchange of ideas across cultures and artistic disciplines. AC/SF also serves the region’s diverse residents and visitors through 45 artist studios open to the public everyday, exhibitions in ArtCenter/South Florida’s Richard Shack Gallery throughout the year and an extensive arts education program for children and adults.
Mission Statement, Revised and Ratifiued by Board of Trustees in Spring 2003
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.:
As one of the only organizations of its kind in the country, ArtCenter/ South Florida (ArtCenter) promotes cultural excellence through its uniquely combined function as a visual arts presenter, an incubator for emerging artists with low-moderate incomes, and as a full resource for the South Florida community. ArtCenter encompasses three separate buildings located at 800, 810 and 924 Lincoln Road for a total of 60,000 square feet. Since its founding in 1984, ArtCenter has consistently grown its capacity for implementing programs for the making and presenting of quality visual arts. It does this by providing studios and jobs for emerging local, national and international artists, state-of-the-art technical support, an exhibition series that showcases visual artists both from within and outside the center, an arts education department that offers more than 22 classes onsite for children and adults, education programs for visiting students from low-income neighborhoods, and creative outreach initiatives to populations who are unable to come to the Center. These programs, with free entry for the public to its art galleries and artist’s studios, support the Center’s goal of advancing the field of visual arts while making it accessible to all.
As ArtCenter matures, so does its ability to think creatively and strategically about ways to actively contribute and participate in Miami-Dade County’s blossoming arts community. With a more sophisticated approach to strategic planning, organizational, programmatic and board development, ArtCenter ensures that its artist and public programming remain relevant; it is able translate new opportunities and ideas into exciting ways to engage and develop the region’s diverse audiences. Grants from the NEA, the Surdna and Kellog Foundations; designation as a Major Cultural Institution by Miami-Dade County, and selection as a Miami Beach Anchor Institution by the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council are some of the most significant indicators of ArtCenter’s growth over the years. In many ways, ArtCenter’s maturation reflects the “coming of age” of Miami-Dade’s visual arts scene. Yet while the community has grown more sophisticated, ArtCenter is mindful that the plight of the low to moderate income artist has not changed, making organizations such as ArtCenter even more necessary for an increasingly larger population of professional visual artists. After 22-years, ArtCenter remains committed to advancing professional artist development while making accessible visual arts to South Florida residents and visitors—a commitment reflected in following programs.
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.:
The ArtCenter’s exhibition program creates a forum for a diverse exchange of ideas and techniques by pairing ArtCenter Artists-in-Residence with unaffiliated artists, exposing audiences to the depth and diversity of genres in South Florida’s visual arts community. Given ArtCenter’s highly visible and public location, all ArtCenter exhibitions are designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences, drawing attention from the international arts community by always including a variety of local, national and international artists working in a mixture of media and styles. Exhibitions are selected based on the quality of the work and the applicant’s ability to bring the proposal to fruition. An exhibition committee of arts professionals awards places in the series to proposed projects that explore traditional or experimental genres in art, thematic expressions, and community dialogue on the role of art and artists in contemporary culture.
In addition to the ArtCenter’s exhibition program, the organization offers visitors and residents to South Florida a wide variety of public and education programs. Since 1993, ArtStudies has offered year-round art classes to approximately 800 adults, with over 25 different art classes, discussion groups, workshops and hands-on art instruction to further advance the knowledge and practice of visual arts in South Florida.