Downtown Bradenton’s Old Main Street will be transformed into an interactive art zone during Realize Bradenton’s 10th annual ArtSlam, March 2, 2019, 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-five teams of creators were selected by Realize Bradenton based 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 fruition at ArtSlam.”
In addition to students, professional artists and performers are also participating throughout the day. Patrons can watch live balloon street art with Baloonski, a Los Angeles-based and Bradenton-raised artist; experience daring and engaging performances with The Dallas and Nick Show; watch artist Cory Wright create an interactive masterpiece out of chalk; and more.
“ArtSlam is an innovative platform that provides enhanced educational opportunities for teachers and students,” 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 more than 30 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. 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.
· The Dallas and Nick Show — A high-energy, comedy, dare-devil juggling and escape show for all ages.
· Sense-able Art with Haile Middle School — Haile’s jazz band, dance department, and art department team up to create magic and awaken your senses integrating three types of fine art: art + music + dance into one fine arts experience. Audience participation encouraged!
· Every Hero Has a Story with Inspiration Academy — Embrace your inner Super Hero by creating your own Super Hero Mask, having a Super Hero inspired caricature drawn, and snapping a few photos in the comic book style photo booth.
· Flowery Selfie with Medallion Flowers — This lush floral frame, hand crafted by florists at Medallion Flowers, is the perfect photo opportunity.
· Think Green with Lakewood Ranch High School — Create your own environmentally friendly masterpiece and support LRHS by purchasing student artwork.
· Spring Sun Catchers with Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School — Make and take home your own sun catcher and see how light and color shine through.
· Cool Koi with R.H. Prine Elementary — Create your own moveable fish puppet.
· Bubble Art with Manatee County Public Library Youth Services — An interactive “Bubble” collage created by the community using recycled materials. Create your own Bubble Art piece while being surrounded by bubbles!
· Moonbound with Matt McAllister — Watch local artist Matt McAllister create a 3D astronaut painting using spray paint and brush paint.
· Dragon Dreams with Manatee School for the Arts —Watch MSA’s National Art Honor Society students create a 35-foot dragon. Decorate the dragon by creating a banner for the Dragon Parade at 12:30 p.m.
· Sarabay Kidzone with Sarabay Suncoast Realty — Kids of all ages can enjoy crafts from a simpler time.
· Puppets with Personalities with Manatee Art Education Association — Create your own hand puppet and indulge in playful speech, character voices and distinctive expressions.
· Origami Bay with Origami Air Art Studio — An interactive, hands on Origami experience. Learn how to fold your own origami and take a photo in “Origami Bay.”
· Cookie Art with First for Kid’s Preschool — Build your own tasty work of art with teachers from our local downtown preschool.
· Spaghetti The Clown — This one man circus will delight all ages!
· “Dolphin Pool” by Cory Wright, Chalk Artist — Award winning artist Cory Wright will create an original piece using chalk.
· Chalk Art for Kids with Realize Bradenton Volunteers — Kids are invited to create their own chalk masterpieces.
· Shakespeare Showcase with Manatee High School — Experience live theater with Manatee High’s acting class. Performances will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
· Balloon Street Art with Balloonski — This Bradenton raised balloon artist who is now based out of LA will activate unsuspecting areas of downtown into colorful balloon art.
· Play It Forward with Manatee Arts Education Council — Test out an instrument at the “Instrument Petting Zoo” and drop off your used instruments to be passed on to deserving children who will bring the music back to life.
· Marble art with Manatee YMCA — Create a wonderfully abstract piece of art using marbles and paint.
· From Dusk ‘til Dawn, Face and Body Painting with 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.
· Sandcastle with Braden River High School — Watch talented faculty and students sculpt a large sand castle using 20 tons of sand!
· Create Your Own Comic with Tytan Comics — Learn the ins and outs of making a comic book.
· Feel the Beat with Scott Blum Music (begins at 10 a.m.) — Explore sounds, learn drumming techniques, and experience the joy of creating music together.
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: RealizeBradenton.com.
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: BradentonFarmersMarket.com.