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.Read more
When creating my art piece and researching about the history of the town, the word "river" was constantly mentioned. The Manatee River was like our modern day transportation systems, but a bit more versatile.Read more
It was a beautiful day on December 7th, 2013 at the Bradenton Riverwalk Pavilion for the Bradenton Blues Festival. It was hours away from kicking off when I was introduced to my team. We were given the task of assisting the festival producer, Paul Benjamin. I learned Paul loves two things; blues music festivals and making sure they run on schedule. It was the job of four amateur production assistants to make sure Paul was not disappointed.Read more
The Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market returns this Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 am to 2 pm on Old Main Street.
As weather heats up and snowbirds head home, the Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market remains the community gathering place on Saturday mornings with fun family activities, featured chef demonstrations, and an array of vendors with local produce, art, food, and unique services. Want to see what’s up in May? Take a photo tour to see what you’ll discover!
From my volunteer work with Realize Bradenton and from attending numerous seminars and planning sessions, I now know some of the components that help to make a downtown vibrant and attractive to residents and visitors. So, when I visit a new city, I enjoy going to their downtown and comparing it to the checklist I carry in my head. For example, on a recent trip to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, I walked down Washington Avenue, the main thoroughfare of historic downtown, and ran through my list.Read more
The Ground Up is a graphic piece of mine that I completed during my three weeks with Realize Bradenton. The art work takes place in historical Bradenton during the 1920s and shows how, at that time, the town was a place to have a great time, not make great time.Read more
As Downtown Bradenton develops in so many wonderful ways, it’s fun to look at some of the things that are already offered in this growing community. A good deal of attention has been placed on what we would like to see emerge downtown and the different types of activities that should be offered – which is so exciting for all of us to help build and shape.Read more
Attachment to your community makes you stay, shop locally and enjoy its cultural offerings, helping to grow the local economy. But what attaches you to Bradenton?Read more
Jacki Dezelski from the Manatee Chamber of Commerce discusses the importance of arts, culture and heritage. See the whole Party on the Plaza video here.
Many older small cities have river or bay fronts, because people settled in locations where they could transport their goods by boat or barge.Read more