ArtCenter South Florida’s windfall will benefit local artists

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Residency programme will focus on artistic development

ArtCenter South Florida is looking for a new home. Photo: Vanessa Ruiz

ArtCenter South Florida, an organisation that provides artists with inexpensive studios on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, is aiming to establish one of “the top ten artist-residency programmes” in the world.

Its executive director, Maria del Valle, says that she will invest the $88m raised through the sale in October of its building at 800 Lincoln Road to help increase the organisation’s endowment. She is also scouting for locations for a new home, and says that the area “20 blocks north of the Design District” could be a suitable place for the centre to move into a revamped building or a newly constructed one by around 2018.

Del Valle says she hopes to create a residency programme for local and international artists that will focus on “artistic and professional development”, introduce artists to dealers and “teach them how to survive once they leave”.

Meanwhile, the organisation will continue to operate from its headquarters at 924 Lincoln Road. A new 2,000 sq. ft street-level gallery will open there in 2016 once Lucky Brand Jeans, which is currently renting the space, moves out.

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