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Artslam Brings Interactive Art To Downtown Bradenton

BRADENTON, Fla. — Downtown Bradenton’s Old Main Street will be transformed into an interactive art zone during Realize Bradenton’s 9th annual ArtSlam, March 3, 2018, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The free event features live performances, site-specific installations, and engaging art exhibits by Manatee County students and professional artists.

“We have 28 teams of student and professional artists participating in ArtSlam this year, more than ever. Every team project, installation, and presentation is unique,” said Holly Eisemann, Events and Creative Services Manager for Realize Bradenton. “Of the 28 teams, 12 teams are student artists from schools in Manatee County, making ArtSlam the perfect stage for them to share their knowledge, expertise, and passion with the community,” explained Eisemann.

In addition to students, professional artists are also participating throughout the day. Patrons can watch the transformation of a Nissan Sentra, provided by Firkins Nissan, as it is spray painted by aerosol artist, Matt McAllister; experience engaging singing, dancing, and partner acrobatics by Tank and Tilly; create their own flying origami airplanes with Origami Air Art Studio; and more.

“ArtSlam is an innovative platform that provides enhanced educational opportunities for teachers and students,” explained Mary Glass, President of the Manatee Education Foundation. “It allows the classroom to extend into a public setting, giving students the unique opportunity for public engagement and feedback.”

The weekly Bradenton Farmers’ Market is taking place during ArtSlam on Old Main Street. The market features more than 30 vendors offering locally grown fruits, vegetables, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. Market vendors, local restaurants, and food trucks will have food and drinks available for purchase.

“This is a family friendly, free event where we encourage engagement in the creative process by all ages. From live theater to creating comic books, there will be something for everyone,” explains Eisemann.

Produced by Realize Bradenton, ArtSlam is supported by the City of Bradenton, the Manatee Education Foundation, Firkins Nissan, and the Bradenton Herald.


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About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization that transforms public places and engages people using arts, culture, heritage, and food to build a vibrant, healthy Bradenton. Bringing people together, our work results in social, physical, and economic revitalization and shapes a community where people want to contribute, live, work, and visit. For more information visit:

About the Bradenton Farmers’ Market
The Bradenton Farmers’ Market, a production of Realize Bradenton, features more than 30 vendors who offer locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. Live music, demonstrations by local chefs, and free family activities are also part of the fun. The market, located on Old Main Street, between Manatee Avenue West and Third Avenue West in downtown Bradenton, is open every Saturday through the end of May, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Parking is free and dogs on leashes are welcome. For more information, visit:

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