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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Visual Arts

Mission: The mission of artcenter/south florida is to support artists and advance the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts and culture in south florida. Artcenter creates opportunities for experimentation and innovation, and encourages the exchange of ideas across cultures through residencies, exhibitions, public programs, education and outreach.

Programs: Residency programs the studio residency program successfully added 26 artists to its program. Three calls for artists have been set per year allowing local, national and international artists to apply through the use of callforentry. Org. The residency program's main focus is on innovation and experimentation, attracting a total of 109 applicants, 33 of which were accepted into the program. Two successful partnerships were added this year for short-term residencies at the artcenter. Two artists from panal 361 (argentina) and five artists and two curators from accin cultural espaola (spain) were selected to participate in a 4-6 week residency at the artcenter. The visiting artists had the opportunity to present their projects to the resident artists and the local community through exhibitions, lectures and panel discussion free of charge and open to the public.

education and community engagement artcenter/south florida successfully provided three outreach programs: creative care, artech and art studio. Creative care is a partnership with miami children's hospital michael fux family center. This program was funded by the children's trust and provided free art classes and performances to patients and their family members. These programs were 2 hours long and served a total of 145 child patients and 129 parents. 10 of the patients served were disabled. In terms of demographics, these children were ages 2-19, 48% male and 52% female. 83% hispanic, 12% white, 2% african american and 3% other. 95% of the children were from miami-dade county. 5% from other states or countries. Artech (funded by the best buy foundation and shake shack) is a partnership with miami beach senior high. This program offered free intensive classes in printmaking, photography and marketing to low income students from miami beach senior high. These classes were held at artcenter's printshop. The goal of the program was to combine art and technology to allow teens to develop marketable artistic and job skills. This program met once a week for three hours for an 8-week period. All teens were eligible for free or reduced lunches. The participants were 75% female and 25% male between the ages of 14-17. 90% were hispanic, 6% african american, 4% other. One student was home schooled, the rest attended miami beach senior high. The art studio is a partnership with celebrity cruise lines. Artcenter provided programming, staffing and support to two vessels. Six south florida teaching artists were selected for employment through artcenter. Each worked a four month teaching contract onboard. This program serves adult and young passengers with classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, jewelry design. Classes occur daily and are attended by people from around the world. Both vessels travel in europe as well as in the caribbean. Children's classes and 10% of adult classes are offered free of charge.

exhibitions and public programs during fy 13-14, artcenter/south florida increased its programming and number of exhibitions. The richard shack gallery featured 8 exhibitions and both project 924 and the 924 vitrine presented 5 exhibitions each. A total of 33 window exhibitions took place in lincoln-meridian and walgreens seeking to integrate contemporary art in unexpected places. This year, artcenter and o cinema wynwood established a collaboration to bring both visual arts and film to the community. O cinema has granted its lobby gallery space for artcenter to curate resident artists' exhibitions. A total of 4 exhibitions have been co-presented with o cinema. Studio crawl held every first saturday of the month, invites visitors to exchange with resident artists and view the current exhibitions. A series of interdisciplinary events took place, including: poetry readings, concerts and dance performances. As a result, we observed a 35% increase in attendance. Artsmart is a program that runs from november-april and it attracts more than 50 participants. The purpose of the program is to introduce the participants to contemporary art through curated studio visits. It is held once a month and it gives artists the opportunity to interact with established and potential collectors or art lovers.

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