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Follow Your Bliss

The colorful directional signs located throughout the Village of the Arts direct visitors to an eclectic collection of imaginative sights, sounds, and experiences sure to delight the mind, body and spirit.

Artist: Mark Mitchell, 2019
Location: Village of the Arts – 1418 13th Street West
Sponsored by: Together Manatee

Flora and Fauna

The Village of the Arts is a kaleidoscope of unique shapes, vibrant colors, and rich textures created by the tree canopy, beautiful backyard gardens and brightly colored homes. Free roaming felines have made front porch swings their homes.

Artist: Tom Casmer, 2019
Location: Village of the Arts – 1227 12th Street West
Sponsored by: Together Manatee

An Homage to the Creative Spirit

A neighborhood is re-imagined from the visionary leadership of Herbie Rose (1930-2017), the ‘Honorary Mayor of the Village of the Arts’ and others. Today the Village of the Arts is a colorful, vibrant community.

Artist: Tim Jaeger, 2019
Location: Village of the Arts – 1024 12th Street West
Sponsored by: Together Manatee

Courthouse Memories

The Historic Manatee County Courthouse has always been more than a municipal center; it continues as a community gathering place and site of key events in Manatee County history.

Artist: Regan Dunnick, 2016
Location: Old Main Street – 1023 Manatee Avenue West
Sponsored by: Grimes Goebel Grimes Hawkins & Gladfelter

Mind Blown

Astronomy, the aquarium, artifacts and more come together at the The Bishop Museum in mind blowing proportions—where space encounters sea, past meets future, and everything in between.

Artist: Carrie Jadus, 2016
Location: The Bishop Museum – 201 10th Street West
Sponsored by: Blalock Walters, P.A.

Take the Stage

From the original 1947 nomadic troupe of traveling community artists, The Manatee Players, Inc., and its venue, Manatee Performing Arts Center, are dedicated to inspiring artists, patrons, and performers through the arts.

Artist: Gabriel Diaz, 2016
Location: Manatee Performing Arts Center – 502 3rd Avenue West

When Old Main Street Was New

Turn north towards the Manatee River and take a few steps toward today’s 4th Avenue. As you look down today’s Old Main Street, imagine the same street from that same spot at the turn of the 20th century.

Artist: Cory Wright, 2016
Location: Old Main Street – 417 12th Street West
Sponsored by: Mike and Jaymie Carter

Come Back Soon

Tourism began when the first settlers told the country about the wonders of the Manatee River. In 1924, the City of Bradenton coined the phrase “The Friendly City” which still characterizes Bradenton and Manatee County. 

Artist: Don Brandes, 2012
Location: Riverwalk – 452 3rd Avenue West
Sponsored by: The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Boats

Imagine a world where roads were rivers. Docks along the river were the commercial ports of their day and everything moved in and out of Bradenton on boats, from small family-owned rowboats to steamships. Without boats and boatbuilding, Manatee County’s growth would have been greatly limited.

Artist: Jean Blackburn, 2012
Location: Riverwalk – 808 3rd Avenue West
Sponsored by: Port Manatee Propeller Club

Fishing

Seafood from the Manatee River fed the aboriginal Indians. In the 1800s, Cuban fishermen made their homes along the river’s shore. Fishing kept early residents alive, sustained people during the hard times of the Great Depression, and provides food and recreation today.

Artist: Jean Blackburn, 2012
Location: Riverwalk – 452 3rd Avenue West

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