The Bakehouse Art Complex was set in motion in the mid-1980s by a few artists who, with support from the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County’s Community Development Block Grant programs, acquired a 33,000 square-foot former Art Deco-era industrial bakery (built 1926) situated on a 2.3-acre parcel (96K sq. ft footprint) in the then-blighted neighborhood of Wynwood. Their aim was to protect artists from future real estate booms and gentrification by acquiring their own site and providing (in perpetuity) affordable spaces for artists.
The Bakehouse’s existing 33,000 square-foot historic building comprises approximately 60 artist studios of varying sizes, two galleries, a classroom, print room, photo lab, ceramics facilities, woodworking and welding areas. These spaces and amenities, most unavailable outside of the universities, have enabled over the years thousands of resident and non-resident artists to work, make, discover, learn, and share their work and practices with each other and the broader community. Bakehouse is the largest artist-purposed, non-profit-owned site of its kind and size in Miami’s urban core.
Bakehouse’s programs focus on opportunities to nurture and develop its artists by supporting the creation and exhibition of new work. These occur on an ongoing basis, with short- and longer-term opportunities for experimentation and pop-up installations and exhibitions. Bakehouse organizes monthly workshops and professional development programs for its artists, often opening them up to the greater artist community. There is a minimum of two studio visits monthly, with local and national curators, established artists, and collectors. Bakehouse offers its artists the opportunities to use the facilities and amenities to teach and engage with the community. A number of classes are offered regularly to the public (see classes). The organization hosts quarterly Open Studios, welcoming the general community to meet and engage with artists. The facility is open to resident artists 24/7, 365 days per year. It is open daily for public visitation, at no cost, noon to 5pm.
The Bakehouse Art Complex is tax exempt as a 501 (C)(3) charitable institution.