ArtsUP! is a 501c3 not-for-profit in FATVillage Arts District, Inc., housed in a 65-year-old industrial warehouse, in a district just north of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Conceived and directed by Neil Ramsay, ArtsUP! Concepts prototypes and demonstrates alternative art-integration processes to exhibit in the aerial volume (without an interference to walls and floor) of commercial/public/temporary spaces.
ArtsUP! serves as a hybrid of concept, gallery and public space capitalizing on the architecturally unique characteristic of an otherwise sparse warehouse: the truss roof constructed of Dade County Pine 23’ above. Visualize the volume of the 5500+ sq ft unobstructed space in upper & lower halves. The upper half is the gallery space. The lower half (to 12’ high) is both an exhibition viewing area and event space for rent. We've also hosted community gatherings and educational programs for various local schools as part of our exhibition programming.
The artwork is not removed or tampered with while rented, rather the renters are housing their uses within the art installation, incorporating the art environment. In this way ArtsUP! introduces an art experience to the general public, corporate & private event attendees- a population typically not attending museums and ‘white cube’ art galleries –effectively enhancing the perception of contemporary art practices, and professionalizing the artist’s role.