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Public Art

Realize Bradenton collaborates with the City of Bradenton to offer a public art collection that includes a variety of artists, styles, and mediums.

Since 2012, downtown’s art collection has increased from seven pieces of art to over 67 works of art for the community to enjoy.

Local residents and artists participate in the artist selection process.

The downtown collection includes the ‘Postcards from the Friendly City,’ murals, sculpture, and functional art.

To view a sample of the collection, click

To view the entire public art collection, go to

Bradenton Blues Festival

A day on the Riverwalk listening to eight blues musicians, enjoying southern-inspired cuisine, craft drinks and art. Kicking off the blues weekend is the Blues Appetizer Concert presented by Mojoe Productions, Inc.; followed by the Bradenton Blues Festival, Saturday, presented by BMO Harris Bank; and wrapping up the weekend is the Blues Brunch, produced by Mattison’s Grille, Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk on Sunday. For more information, visit:

couple standing watching performers at bradenton blues festival

Music in the Park

Free outdoor concerts at the Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater attract people of all ages and backgrounds. Check out some of our pictures from Music in the Park by clicking the picture>

Music in the Park | Ari & The Alibis

Clay Together

Dozens of people of diverse ages and backgrounds came together to create clay fish that artist James Simon integrated into his 120’ mosaic mural “The Magic River.”

To view the photographs from the workshop, click here.
To view the completed mosaic, click here.

Stories Connect

Realize Bradenton has created the first children’s book on Bradenton, “Old Manatee A to Z.” The book will be available in print in summer 2020.
To view the electronic book, click here: Old Manatee A to Z

Public Art & History Trails

Encouraging walking from the Village of the Arts to the Riverwalk to explore public art, restaurants, shops, historical sites, and galleries using

Village of the Arts Tapestry

To view the Tapestry Planning Document, click here.

Creating Together at Riverwalk East

A team of Millennial residents and young landscape architects collaborated to design and build a temporary version of the neighborhood’s vision for the expanded Riverwalk.
To view the Creating Together Tool Kit, visit this online book.

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