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Art Connects

Postcards from the Friendly City are large-scale art panels located along the Riverwalk depicting the history of the Manatee River and Bradenton area.

Art Connects, a project coordinated by Realize Bradenton and the DDA, engaged students and artists in studying the history of our community and conveying their findings through art. Expanding upon students’ research, artists Jean Blackburn and Don Brandes were commissioned to express the rich history of the Manatee River through the postcards, which are placed along the Riverwalk.

Art Connects Partners

The Bishop Museum and the Manatee Historical Village Park.


The Knight Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation, Stranahan Foundation, and Manatee Education Foundation.

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