Wynwood pioneer Bakehouse Art Complex — home to 70 artist workspaces and two galleries — has launched the first giving campaign in its 25-year history. About 150 attended dual breakfast-lunch events kicking off the effort last week.
The goal, says Eecutive Drector Arlys Raymond, is to raise $100,000 by year’s end for updates needed to the 90-year-old building that once housed a bakery. Currently the center gets about 60 percent of its $525,000 annual budget from studio rentals, about 20 percent from grants and 20 percent from other contributions.
The numbers aren’t yet final, but Raymond thinks the launch events brought in around $30,000 in pledges. She an dher husband, lawyer Mark Raymond, have agreed to match $25,000 in pledges, with an additional $25,000 match for multiyear pledges.
Members of the public can visit the complex, at 561 NW 32nd Street, to watch artists at work any time. Most are on hand for the Bakehouse’s monthly opening reception on the second Friday of every month, 7-10 p.m.
In addition, the Bakehouse is hosting a four-session workshop series this fall and winter for emerging collectors, open to members for a reduced price. BAC’s annual raffle of artworks is Nov. 9; admission tickets are $45 in advance. www.bacfl.org; 305-376-2828.