South Side School

Welcome to the Friends of South Side

In 1922, this nationally historic designated building was opened as one of the first elementary schools in Broward County to serve the expanding population of South Florida’s real estate boom. South Side School served the educational needs of Fort Lauderdale until 1990.  Saved from the wrecking ball by a grass roots community movement and the collaborative efforts of multiple governmental entities, South Side Cultural Arts Center opened its doors to a patient and excited community on January 30, 2018. 

Located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, this small gem has been restored to a condition compatible to its original design and size to serve the cultural and educational demands, desires and aspirations of the community and its leaders. In a setting adjacent to seven acres of park land, with a thriving boundless playground for children of all abilities, this facility affords an opportunity for children and adults of all ages to teach, learn and share ideas, skills and dreams about the arts.  Programs and opportunities will to be limited only by the imagination of those crossing its threshold.

Explore the site to learn more and help us use and grow this amazing jewel that is South Side Cultural Arts Center.