A Community Comes Together for the Arts

Thank you to the 15,000 people who attended ArtSlam, and the 175 artists, 10 bands, 100 volunteers, and sponsors who made the event possible – Presenting Sponsor BMO | Harris Bank, Women’s Exchange Inc., Tropical Cadillac, Sarasota Magazine, and the Downtown Development Authority.

We love this story of Bradenton developer “Bernie Croghan who was attending his first ArtSlam. He said in the 34 years he has lived in the city, he has never seen anything like it.

Croghan, like many, has noticed the revitalization of the city, driven by the River Walk project, the new Hampton Inn and Suites (the remade Manatee River Hotel) and host of community events, like ArtSlam and the Bradenton Blues Festival.

“When I moved here, I couldn't picture much of anything happening downtown,” he said.

“Now we have two, large, semi-annual events and a revitalized downtown.” Croghan left this message on the labyrinth: Art expresses value, and art creates value.” From the article ArtSlam brings renaissance of sorts to downtown Bradenton, Sarasota Herald Tribune, March 8, 2014.

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