Our Mission is to provide a world-class fabrication center where professional artists in our community can realize their full creative potential. To connect these working artists with both children and adults to educate and inspire a much deeper understanding and appreciation of art and creative process behind it.
The Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts was the vision of artist and entrepreneur, JB Berkow. Since thirty percent of America’s artists live in the Southeast United States, Ms. Berkow wanted to encourage young, emerging artists as well as established artists to continue living and working in South Florida. The Benzaiten Center will support these artists’ efforts to create glass and metal fine art sculptures in a world-class fabrication center by providing them with extremely reasonable studio rental costs along with a gallery for showing their work. This is all in a seaside community that is an affordable location for artists to live and work.
This project began in 2010 with the development of the prospectus and business plan. The professional development team provided input and guidance about the Benzaiten concept, mission, vision and charitable purpose to establish this nonprofit organization. They also conducted a feasibility study to determine the project need in the community. In addition, JB Berkow and her team networked with civic, social, and key business leaders to gain support for the Benzaiten project.
Why did they choose Lake Worth? The City of Lake Worth and the Lake Worth CRA have been extremely supportive of the Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts. They consider art an integral part of the Lake Worth community. The City and the CRA support the arts and are committed to raising awareness of the arts by cultivating the Lake Worth Arts District. The Benzaiten Center is proud to be their partner and a part of this revitalization of Lake Worth.
Why the name Benzaiten? Benzaiten is the Japanese Goddess who represents all things flowing i.e., love, knowledge, music, the river and in our case hot molten glass and bronze.