Art Connects

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


Art Connects, a project coordinated by Realize Bradenton and the Downtown Development Authority, 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 ten postcards, which are placed along the Riverwalk.

Art Connects Partners


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