In the spring of 1984, ArtCenter celebrated its grand opening on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach as an organization addressing visual artists’ workspace and community needs. With Community Development Block Grant funds from the City of Miami Beach, ArtCenter artists took up residence in 21 storefronts on a then nearly abandoned and severely dilapidated Lincoln Road. A Miami Herald article covering the opening read, “Artists hope the three-block colony on the west end of the mall eventually will attract sidewalk cafes, nighttime entertainment – and people.” Today, ArtCenter is credited as being the catalyst for the revitalization of Lincoln Road and the surrounding area. During the late 80s, ArtCenter’s founder Ellie Schneiderman raised funds to purchase three properties on Lincoln Road in order to establish a permanent base. From these buildings, ArtCenter established a juried resident artist program focusing on artistic excellence. Since then, ArtCenter has provided studio residencies and exhibition opportunities to more than 1,000 visual artists in all stages of career development, as well as art classes and outreach programs for the community.