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ArtSlam Returns to Downtown Bradenton with Interactive Art

ArtSlam Returns to Downtown Bradenton with Interactive Art

| Laura Bell Adams |

Downtown Bradenton’s Old Main Street will be transformed into an interactive art zone during Realize Bradenton’s 11th annual ArtSlam, March 7, 2020, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. The free event features live performances, site-specific installations, and engaging art exhibits by Manatee County students and professional artists.

“Twenty-three teams of creators were selected by Realize Bradenton based on their ideas for temporary street art and interactive art activities,” said Holly Eisemann, Events and Creative Services Manager for Realize Bradenton. “Thanks to the generosity of our event sponsors, Realize Bradenton is able to give each team a small stipend to cover the cost of supplies. Their ideas will come to life at ArtSlam.”

“ArtSlam is a creative way for students and teachers to take what they are learning in the classroom and share it with the community,” explained Mary Glass, President of the Manatee Education Foundation. “It allows the classroom to extend into a public setting, giving students the unique opportunity for public engagement and feedback.”



The weekly Bradenton Farmers’ Market is taking place during ArtSlam on Old Main Street. The market features vendors offering locally grown fruits, vegetables, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. Market vendors, local restaurants, and food trucks will have food and drinks available for purchase.

“This is a free event for everyone,” explained Eisemann. “Realize Bradenton facilitates an impressive assortment of student and professional artists and performers during ArtSlam to encourage community engagement in the creative process. This year, Braden River High School students will create a chalk mural to celebrate Realize Bradenton’s 10-year anniversary. The arts are an important aspect of what is unique to Bradenton, and Realize Bradenton continues to support artists of all ages and backgrounds.”

Produced by Realize Bradenton, ArtSlam is supported by the City of Bradenton, the Manatee Education Foundation, Gettel Automotive Family of Dealerships, and the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

Participant List:

2D becomes 3D Challenge, Lakewood Ranch High School
Turn two-dimensional art into a three-dimensional piece using cardboard and cardstock. Support LRHS by purchasing student art work.

Blow Painting with Paper Straws, Manatee YMCA
Create a wonderfully abstract work of art by blowing paint through paper straws.

 Little girl making chalk art from Artslam 2018 in Bradenton, FLCourt for the King, Inspiration Academy
Attendees and courtiers are abounding, as crowns are being made and given out, but there is only one true king.

Create Your Own Comic, Tytan Comics
Learn the ins and outs of making a comic book.

Creative Cookie Art, First for Kids Preschool
Build your own tasty work of art with teachers from our local downtown preschool.

Dragon Tales, Manatee County Public Library
Make your own dragon mask and create a colorful scale for a large fold out dragon wall piece.

Feel the Beat, Scott Blum Music (begins at 10AM)
Explore sounds, learn drumming techniques, and experience the joy of creating music together.

Flowery Selfie, Medallion Flowers
This lush floral frame, hand crafted by florists at Medallion Flowers, is the perfect photo opportunity.

FUNN with Chalk, Braden River High School
Watch these talented students and faculty create a large chalk mural celebrating 10 years of Realize Bradenton.

In-Tents Entertainment, Manatee School for the Arts
An interactive circus with face painting, clown hat creation, and plenty of photo ops. The MSA bucket drummers will perform and parade at 11:30AM with a large scale elephant created by students. All clowns welcome!

Jellyfish, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School
Create a shimmering three-dimensional jellyfish and learn more about these fascinating sea creatures.

Origami in Action, Origami Air Art Studio
An interactive, hands on Origami experience. Experience action models first hand and create your own piece of action origami.

Plant Powered Dyes, The Bradenton Street Fair and Ellen Nepustil Fiber Arts
Paint and tie dye your own tote bag using natural plant dyes.

Positivity Paintings, Ballard Elementary
Spread joy and positivity by painting two rocks — one to keep and one for Ballard’s “Serenity Garden.”

Street celebration at Artslam 2018 in Bradenton, FLPlate Printing Press, Manatee Art Education Association
Carve a design on a foam plate, paint it, and press the painted design on paper to create a fabulous print. Repaint and repeat to layer colors.

Polka Dot Tiger, Palmetto High School Art Club
Contribute to the live installation of a Polka Dot Tiger piece, inspired by polka-dot artist, Yayoi Kusama.

Spaghetti The Clown
This one-man circus will delight all ages!

Spread Love Not Hate, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
Leave your mark on an inspiring mural, filled with messages that teach tolerance, diversity, and inclusivity, created by Ringling School of Art and Design students.

String Instrument Petting Zoo, Lakewood Ranch High School Orchestra
Test out a string instrument and enjoy performances by the LRHS String Quartet.

Thaumatrope Toys, R.H. Prine Elementary
Create your own optical illusion! These toys were popular in the Victorian age as an early form of illustration and moving pictures.

The Dallas and Nick Show
A high-energy, comedy, dare-devil juggling and escape show for all ages.

The Sea and All Its Wonders, Face and Body Painting, Southeast High School VPA Academy
Full body master paintings will be created onsite while children and their families are invited to have their face or arm painted with the design of their choice.

Write On! Rowlett Academy
An interactive structure made with plexiglass frames where participants can choose their own visuals, quotes, and “filters” for a unique photo op.


About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization that promotes redevelopment and economic growth in downtown Bradenton by transforming places, engaging people, and realizing possibilities. For more information visit their website here. 

About the Bradenton Farmers’ Market
The Bradenton Farmers’ Market, a production of Realize Bradenton, features more than 35 vendors who offer locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. Live music, demonstrations by local chefs, and free family activities are also part of the fun. The market, located on Old Main Street, between Manatee Avenue West and 3rd Avenue West in downtown Bradenton, is open on Saturdays, October through May, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Parking is free and dogs on leashes are welcome. For more information, visit their website here. 

Photos from Realize Bradenton/Art Slam 2017 & 2018

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