History Behind The Bakehouse
In the late 1980's after being deluged with requests from local schools, social service agencies, family shelters and individuals, the Bakehouse started outreach programs. The Bakehouse initiated the Children's Art Workshops, a program so successful, it led to recognition by the President's (Clinton) Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
The vision of the founders, in purchasing the one half city block property, assures the Bakehouse Art Complex will be here to provide affordable rents for artists in perpetuity. Over the years, the BAC has continued to upgrade its facility. Currently comprised of two galleries, a classroom, print room, photo lab, jewelry studio, ceramic kiln, woodworking and welding areas, and seventy individual artist studios, these extensive facility offerings allow artists to discover, crossover, or integrate other media into their work.
From its inception, the Bakehouse Art Complex has provided emerging and mid-career artists with the opportunity to creatively explore and develop their artistic endeavors. The uniqueness of the Bakehouse is its ability to provide an engaging environment to its artists by inspiring and encouraging each other, and informing and attracting new artists. As part of its long-term commitment to the art community, the BAC's educational programming is now focused on artist advancement and plans are now underway for the next stage of development.
The Bakehouse has evolved, as has the professional level of the art community of Miami. The artists, who are juried-in tenants, come from many different states and countries bringing with them many different intellectual, social and artistic experiences. By attracting and involving new audiences into the contemporary and culturally enriching world of the visual arts, the BAC continues to be an accessible vital resource to the diverse and dynamic South Florida art community and its patrons.
The Bakehouse Art Complex is tax exempt as a 501 (C)(3) visual art and educational institution.