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Cultural Partners

Downtown nonprofit organizations meet monthly to collaborate on promotions and events that join arts, culture, heritage, and sports to make downtown Bradenton a unique place to live, work, and visit.


ArtCenter Manatee

Excerpt ArtCenter Manatee is the premier center for art, art education, and unique gifts in Manatee County. The 10,000 square-foot building in downtown Bradenton features three galleries, five classrooms

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Bradenton Central Library

With thousands of books, this is the place to find that perfect novel. The Manatee County Public Library System is the winner of the 2013 Florida Library Association Library Innovation Award and the Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award.

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Hernando DeSoto Historical Society

The Hernando De Soto Historical Society is a nonprofit community organization of 225 conquistadors who celebrate the historical significance of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto’s landing near the mouth of the Manatee River in May 1539. With a membership that includes many civic, governmental and business leaders, the Society serves in a variety of community-oriented roles, supporting various local charities.

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Manatee Performing Arts Center

Live entertainment, performing arts, and more. Home of the National Award-Winning Manatee Players, and Kiwanis Club of Bradenton. Open year-round.

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Manatee Village Historical Park

Step back into time at the Manatee Village Historical Park and visit a collection of restored, historic buildings from Manatee County’s pioneer past, including a courthouse, one-room schoolhouse, farmhouse, general store, and more.

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Pittsburgh Pirates & Bradenton Marauders

The Bradenton Marauders are a minor league baseball team based in Bradenton, Florida, that plays in the Florida State League. The Marauders are the minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates and their home games are played at LECOM Park, which also serves as the Pirates’ spring training facility.

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The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Bishop interprets the region from the Pleistocene to the present. Highlights include fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest animal inhabitants, the Montague Tallant collection of prehistoric and early post-contact archaeological artifacts, and the Environmental Hall focusing on Florida’s ecology and biodiversity in the Pine Uplands and Riverine Galleries.

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Village of the Arts

The Village is Florida’s largest live-work art community and where over 30 businesses call home. Galleries, studios, cafes, healing arts, jewelry, fashion, and books can all be found here. ArtWalk occurs every first Friday and Saturday of the month.

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