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2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit

ArtServe, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Advancing the arts for social good

Results: As one of the nation's original arts incubators, ArtServe has a 30-year history of developing artists and nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening our community through the arts. Through this work, ArtServe has made it possible for the arts to thrive across South Florida, eagerly investing resources in the people—artists, staff and community stakeholders—who make art come alive. Today, we annually support more than 2,000 artists and dozens of small nonprofits dedicated to making sure the arts continue to expand in our community. ArtServe knows the way to do this is by cultivating a growing population of artists interested in reaching new audiences through creative initiatives that support diversity, equity, access and inclusion. ArtServe supports artists and creative programs that operate at the intersection of art and social impact. We’re working to build South Florida’s cultural identity using the arts to close achievement gaps, promote equity and protect the environment. Our work includes: • Support and resources for artists to incubate and implement working business models that contribute to the area’s economic and cultural vitality • Arts education, integration and outreach initiatives that respond to opportunity gaps in academic, economic and socio-emotional arenas • The presentation of all art forms to enhance community appreciation for diversity and inclusion • Arts advocacy and data sharing that continually informs the community-at-large about the function of the arts as a valid catalyst for social change In addition to a full artistic season, special initiatives include: ARTS RESEARCH ArtServe’s research projects include an important partnership with NOVA Southeastern University to study the ability of the arts to reduce school violence in some of Broward County’s most vulnerable schools. These arts research projects can only be made possible with continuing support from granting agencies, foundations and private donations. YOUTH RESIDENCIES ArtServe provides no- and low-cost studio/rehearsal space for emerging artists to create new works in the visual and performing arts. Through the Residency Program, artists also gain access to professional development workshops, marketing support and ongoing mentoring. The goal is to empower young artists towards independent success, so they can continue to make a powerful difference in the world through the arts. FELLOWSHIPS With support from granting agencies and private gifts, ArtServe is able to accommodate artists on the cusp of fame, who are in need of appropriate performance space to take their work to the next level. Fellows are working on important projects that tackle contemporary social justice issues through the arts.

Target demographics: socially engaged artists and citizens of all backgrounds, ages and abilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,000 artists, served 5,000 students and reached 50,000 patrons

Geographic areas served: South Florida

Programs: artist residencies, professional development workshops, fellowships, community classes, socially inspired exhibitions and community think tanks

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

ArtServe is THE MOST AMAZING organization serving the general and artist communities. It is a hidden gem for both locals and visitors to the south Florida area. The diversity of programming is awe inspiring and their commitment and contribution to the area's vibrant arts ecosystem is invaluable.

Be sure to follow ArtServe on social media and check-out their website as there is always something going on.

Carol-Anne M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ArtServe is a space open to new ideas and experimental works. This is a space that supports current and future artists. The staff is open to new ideas, perspectives, and conversations. They are committed to growth our its members and the community that they serve. Supporting this organization means supporting how the arts can create positive and lasting change in our communities!

Steven O. Evans P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ArtServe has provided so many great services and events to our arts community. We are very grateful for what they do and provide.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ArtServe is a wonderful community focused organization that enriches everyone who comes in contact with its programming.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve been watching art serve for around seven years now and have to say it is more culturally relevant than ever before under its new leadership. Integrating so many art forms that surround a common theme is beyond an amazing educational experience for the viewer. Keep doing you guys!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel pure joy when I walk into Artserve. The staff are there because of their passion for the arts and the community. I have had the experiences of volunteering, attending classes . Having events and now being a resident fashion artist. When people come together creatively to make the community better and enrich our lives with the arts everyone wins ❤❤❤

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Artserve staff are very professional on all levels, artistic, writing, scheduling and implementation of exhibitions., and the staff know how to engage the community and raise awareness through the arts. Artists are always met with a smile and directed to the right person for advice to further their artistic development. Artserve offers great exhibits and community programing, such as workshops, artists fellowships and community classes which makes the organization an integral part of the community. I highly recommend Artserve to all artists and other support state and local organizations to support this great art institution.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ArtServe is an outstanding organization that advances the Arts for positive social change. ArtServe offers many diverse programs, such as artist residencies, professional development workshops, and socially-inspired exhibitions. The staff are gracious, talented and so very accommodating to the South Florida community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Thousands of community members, our neighbors, utilize ArtServe everyday to impact their lives effecting positive social change. Whether you are 9 or 90, there is something here for everyone at ArtServe. Couldn't be more proud to be part of this great organization!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ArtServe is an amazing organization that offers educational opportunities as well as business opportunities to the creative community they serve. A GEM in Broward County. - J. Prugh

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love ArtServe and what they stand for. Great diversity in their exhibitions and shows.