In October 2012, the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) acquired the iconic landmark Bacardi Tower and Museum buildings in Miami, Florida.
YoungArts is working with world-renowned architect and YoungArts Artistic Advisor Frank Gehry to transform the former Bacardi Tower and Museum buildings and three-and-a-half acre campus into its national headquarters, which will support expanded local activities in Miami and across the country. The new campus will feature a Gehry-designed performing arts center and park with state-of-the-art sound and video capabilities. Since opening the campus for programming in November 2013, YoungArts has held salons sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with Marina Abramović, Robert Redford, Justin Peck & Sufjan Stevens, Joshua Bell, Ben Folds and Lil Buck; hosted Olafur Eliasson and his Little Sun installation in partnership with MoMA PS1 and Fondation Beyeler; launched a Visual Artist in Residency program supported by The Related Group; held master classes for local music students with jazz icon Wynton Marsalis and opera star Plácido Domingo; produced an interdisciplinary performance on the campus with Robert Redford and Sibylle Szaggars Redford, Living Colour’s Will Calhoun, and YoungArts alumni Dave Eggar and Desmond Richardson; premiered HBO’s Joshua Bell: A YoungArts MasterClass; and hosted a concert series in partnership with III Points Presents featuring FKA twigs, James Blake and SBTRKT.
In 2014, YoungArts received a grant from ArtPlace America, a national consortium that funds significant projects that use art and culture for creative placemaking to shape their communities’ social, physical and economic futures. YoungArts is using these funds to engage the public, inspire artists and serve as a catalyst for neighborhood transformation through its free Outside the Box events, which are sponsored by ArtPlace America, take place on the YoungArts Plaza.
The newest addition to the YoungArts Campus is Ted’s at YoungArts, an intimate cultural lounge and eatery named after YoungArts’ co-founder and philanthropist, Ted Arison. YoungArts and STARR Restaurants Catering Group opened the restaurant on the 7th floor of the Tower building on December 17, 2014. Combining STARR’s restaurant and event experience with the artistry and vision of YoungArts’ programming, Ted’s is a unique entertainment destination. Guests can enjoy innovative cuisines while experiencing various types of visual and performing arts curated by YoungArts, such as dance; photography; video installation; popular, classic and jazz music; spoken word, and more. The eatery provides audiences with a cozy setting to interact with and experience some of the most talented local and national artists.