With funding from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Bakehouse Art Complex seeks nominations for and applications from candidates to fill four inaugural curatorial fellowship positions. Nominations/applications will be open until Friday, November 1, 2019 at 5pm EST. Fellows will be appointed for an eight-month term, beginning January 15 and ending September 15, 2020.

This new curatorial fellowship program aims to create greater connectivity between Bakehouse, its artists, and the neighborhood in which they are embedded. It supports the organization’s belief that artists are a crucial part of community-building and their work can be transformative.

We are seeking candidates—artists, cultural producers, and/or creative professionals from all backgrounds and disciplines—who have the vision, time, and passion to inspire and engage at a hyper-local neighborhood level. Priority will be given to Miami talent, who will work with the organization to co-develop site-specific projects, public programs, and/or installations in and around the Bakehouse campus and the surrounding neighborhood. Fundamental to this fellowship is that the “work” derives from and emphasizes inclusive and participatory community engagement. Candidates must be willing to commit sufficient time over the course of the fellowship, working collaboratively with the internal and external Bakehouse communities (artists, residents, youth, activists, small business owners, and other educational and non-profit leaders). As this is a pilot program, candidates should recognize they will be participating in prototyping and testing the development of a new initiative.

Each fellow will receive an honorarium of $7,500, 24/7 access to workspace, administrative support, and access to funding to cover artists’ stipends and execute community-based, projects and programs. Workshops and seminars with other national practitioners will be offered to the fellows and the Bakehouse artist community.

The final selection of fellows will be made by a jury comprised of Bakehouse representatives, its artist community, residents and leaders of the neighborhood, and other local cultural practitioners. 

The application deadline is November 1, 2019, 5pm EST.

An info session will be held at Bakehouse Art Complex (561 NW 32 Street, Miami, FL 33127) on Tuesday, October 22 from 6:30 – 7:30PM.

Bakehouse will announce the selection of fellows on December 15, 2019.

Any questions should be directed to Responses will be posted on the Bakehouse website to ensure fair communication and transparency will all potential candidates.


About the neighborhood:

Bakehouse is located in the northern part of Wynwood, which is defined by its strong cultural heritage and identity. It has a significant single-family, multicultural, and multigenerational residential population, strong social service infrastructure, two large City parks, and three large public schools.

The Bakehouse’s campus is located in one of the most desirable neighborhoods at the heart of Miami’s developing urban core, bound more generally on the north by the Miami Design District, on the south by the Wynwood Arts District, on the east by Midtown, and on the west by Allapattah.

Bakehouse is surrounded by numerous cultural organizations, as well as Miami’s emerging start-up and tech communities. 

About Bakehouse:

Vision: Bakehouse envisions a world that supports and values artists and recognizes their ability to shape, reflect, and transform our world. 

Mission: To address the need for affordable living, live-work, and workspaces for artists in Miami’s urban core. 

Founded in 1985 by artists for artists in a former industrial Art Deco-era bakery, Bakehouse Art Complex provides studio residencies, infrastructure, and community to enable the highest level of artistic creativity, development, and collaboration for the most promising talent.

 It is one of the oldest artist-serving organizations in Miami, with studio spaces of varying sizes, two galleries, a classroom, a print room, a photography lab, ceramics facilities, and woodworking and welding areas.

Currently comprised of approximately 100 artists, hailing from a rich diversity of backgrounds, Bakehouse serves as a space for creation and opportunities for artists to connect to one another and the greater community.

With a prior investment from Knight Foundation, a new five-year plan was developed and adopted by the Bakehouse Board of Directors on January 2019. The plan, recognizing Bakehouse’s strengths, assets, and 30-plus-year commitment to and history in Wynwood, outlines three priorities: 

  • Redevelop the Bakehouse site, maximizing the opportunity to provide an affordable living, live-work, and workspaces for artists;

  • Continue to elevate the quality of Bakehouse artists and programming and plan for expanded opportunities of a community-connected cultural campus, once the site rezoning is secured;

  • Increase Bakehouse’s capacity to support its mission and to meet the needs of a new campus as a community-embedded and embraced cultural anchor institution.

This project is supported by Knight Foundation