MIAMI, FLA.- ArtCenter/South Florida, one of Miami’s largest support organizations for visual artists, announced today the purchase of a new property in the City of Miami that promises to expand its programming and better meet the needs of the city’s booming visual arts community.
The firm Jones|Kroloff is conducting an international search for an architect to build the new headquarters on the 50,000 square-foot property at 75 NW 72nd St., Miami. The new home, slated to open in 2022, will enable the organization to expand its artist residencies and provide local artists with a top-tier exhibition and theater space, in addition to a makerspace, and classrooms for the 200-plus annual classes already offered to artists and the surrounding community.
ArtCenter/South Florida will also change its name to Oolite Arts, to reflect both its South Florida roots and mission. A sedimentary rock composed of shells, corals and other organic material, oolite is a fundamental part of the local ecosystem, forming the literal bedrock of Miami. Like its nominative inspiration, Oolite Arts seeks to be the bedrock of Miami-Dade’s visual arts community, where artists, art lovers and neighbors unite to form a thriving and diverse cultural ecosystem.