PopUps for a Purpose

popup-logo-pins.pngPop-Ups for a Purpose, an experimental series in creating vibrancy in innovative ways. This unique series of pop-up style events spanning from October 2015 through May 2016 will temporarily transform outdoor spaces into places for conversations on local topics in downtown Bradenton. PopUps for a Purpose aims to activate people and places to accelerate community engagement amongst the 18-34 year old population, commonly referred to as the “Millennial” generation.

PopUps for a Purpose Partners


Past PopUp Events

Books, Bots, and Bites

Bradenton's Millennials came with their children, babies, nieces, nephews and neighborkids for a fun, educational and robotic popup party.

Downtown Underground

What happens when young people who wouldn’t ordinarily meet sit and have dinner together? An unforgettable experience.

Market Meetup

Pop-Ups participants were invited to explore a city they thought they knew, discover a charming, tucked-away alley set with inviting furniture and fix their own donuts while they perused stats about local Millennials.

Millennials by the Numbers

What do the numbers say about Millennials in the Bradenton area?

Plaza Cubana

Downtown Bradenton turned up the heat with a tropical rumba celebrating Cuban music, food, and culture at the South Florida Museum’s courtyard.

PopUp Lounge at Pickin' Picnic

How can we emphasize to Millennials that Bradenton is a place for them? We took Realize Bradenton’s Millennial-focused event Pickin’ Picnic to the next level with inspiration from events like Coachella.

Shuffleboard PopUp

200 people were rockin' their mid-century modern with SHUFFLE!

What's Up With This PopUp Thing?

Funded by a $90,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Realize Bradenton’s initiative ReuseReCONNECT was one of 32 projects funded, selected as a grant winner out of 7,160 applications nation-wide. The Knight Foundation’s mission is to support transformational ideas that have the potential to make cities more successful in areas of economic opportunity, civic engagement as well as talent attraction and retention.

Through PopUps for a Purpose, ReuseReCONNECT seeks to reuse underutilized outdoor areas by hosting PopUps in public spaces that might not receive the attention or care deserved. Picture this: a cosmic shuffleboard party at Bradenton Shuffleboard Courts, a children of Millennials in a robot takeover of Central Library, a long table dinner hosted in a historic but overlooked office building downtown.

When people connect with each other in new places, the social capital of a community grows and vibrancy builds. Bringing people together is the singular mission of Realize Bradenton. Through PopUps for a Purpose, we’re simply narrowing our focus: strengthening local connections amongst the largest and most demographically-diverse generation. Nearly one-third of the total US population is currently comprised of Millennials who span economic, professional, educational, and cultural backgrounds.