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Over a decade ago, ArtSouth emerged out of the ruins of Hurricane Andrew in Homestead. After extensive renovations and reconstruction, ArtSouth opened its doors  as a “living museum” with a core group of 10 artists under the management of ArtSouth’s founders Ellie Schneiderman and the late, I. Stanley Levine who are credited with founding the South Florida Art Center on Lincoln Road. Today the number of resident artists has more than tripled, with the addition of a 3.5 acre fully operational school, galleries.

Over the past 13 years, ArtSouth grew into a remarkable cultural arts center and artists' community in Homestead and worked in conjunction with many community partners. We held adult-education programs and provided free after-school programs, summer camps and classes in visual and performing arts for children. Our youth educational programs have been the recipient of numerous awards, honors and grants.

In 2003 ArtSouth hosted the 4th Annual Service Learning and the Arts Conference. In 2005, First Lady Columba Bush participated in our S-L program along with artist Romero Britto. In 2007 we presented our program at the “White House Conference on Youth and Education in the Hispanic Community” and traveled to Puerto Rico to share our success with the Puerto Rico Department of Education. In 2008, we were nationally recognized with AARP's 50th Anniversary Award.

ArtSouth has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles and TV stories. We are featured in the teaching handbook “My Art, My World.” In 2010, The State Department International Visitor Program and 25 international guests visited our programs for international replication. In July 2010, ArtSouth’s Youth Program Director was awarded the national Learn and Serve America’s Spirit of Service Award in New York City.

Out of 2,400 applications nationwide, in July, 2009 ArtSouth was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts American Recovery Act Grant. We were one of 16 artists’ communities in the nation funded through the 2009 Recovery Act Grant and we are one of the 700 nationwide recipients of the 2009 National Endowment for the Arts stimulus funding. ArtSouth received the Challenge Award from the Knight Foundation Grant in 2010 and was a finalist for the National Endowment for the Arts Coming Up Taller Award twice.

For the past thirteen years, ArtSouth sought to generate the vitality back in Downtown Homestead. In the fall of 2013, the building ArtSouth occupied was sold leaving us temporarily displaced. In the strong spirit of our pioneering past, we were driven to relocate and bring our rich history to another culturally-under served community. 

ArtSouth was sought by several Miami-Dade communities and decided to settle in The City of South Miami which is community vitally in need of our services. We bring our passion along with our expertise in running a full-service arts center for the families of this neighborhood.  Destiny brings us to a central location where will we impact thousands of residents who will benefit from our award-wining educational programs, lecture series, festivals, exhibition, performances, concerts, drumming circles, painting parties and our monthly open house. The future of ArtSouth will be productive and successful as we step into an bright new environment.

ARTSOUTH is the creation of Ellie Schneiderman and I. Stanley Levine. Incorporated in June 2000, ArtSouth first opened its doors to the public in April 2001, with a core group of under ten artists. Today that number has more than tripled, with the addition of a fully operational school, galleries and on-going events.




Community Liaison, Young Men's Academy at MacArthur South

Executive Director Special Education
Dade County Public Schools



Director, ArtSouth Founder & Resident Artist

Colonel, USAFR   Commander 482d Mission Support Group




Councilman, City of Homestead


Artist Representative

Art South Resident Artist





Miami-Dade School Board Member (Retired)



MDCPS Teacher




ARTSOUTH, in eleven years of operation, has established several community partnerships that include: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade College -Homestead Campus, and The Dranoff 2 Piamo Foundation. Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the 4th largest school system in the nation and they chose ArtSouth to house its nationally renowned arts-based Service Learning Program. The Dranoff Foundation makes use of ArtSouth's performing arts sanctuary to inaugurate their yearly 2-piano concerto.


Artsouth is a participating member of the Theatre League of South Florida.


Our Sponsors

ArtSouth programs are supported in part by:

Our Staff

Dr. Gleema Nambiar

Executive Director

Fe Padua



Steve Chazanow

Educational Director


Cultural Outreach

ArtSouth resident artists participate in an extensive exhibition schedules for seasonal events. They are visible exhibitors at shows in local venues such as The Deering Estate, Everglades National Park, Palmetto Bay Village Center, Homestead City Hall and numerous Homestead area businesses.