ArtSlam 2020: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; Old Main Street, downtown Bradenton; free; realizebradenton.com/artslam_2020
Thousands will flock to downtown Bradenton on Saturday to immerse themselves in ArtSlam’s daylong celebration of interactive art.
ArtSlam, a free annual event that drew 12,000 to 14,000 people last year, features dozens of events that appeal to families and art enthusiasts.
This year, the event coincides with the 10th anniversary of Realize Bradenton. Students and faculty from Braden River High will create a chalk mural to salute the organization and its impact in the community.
Holly Eisemann, events and creative services manager for Realize Bradenton, said she is always inspired by the teams who convert the space into an outdoor creativity lab.
“I’m blown away by the energy of the event every year. It’s just inspiring and creative and it’s colorful,” Eisemann said. “The day of, when everything comes to life, I’m always blown away. I had something cool in mind but this is even more spectacular than I even imagined.”
The event is held on Old Main Street in the Bradenton Farmers Market downtown. Food and drink will be available for purchase from the market’s vendors and ArtSlam food trucks. And downtown parking options now include the new City Center Garage that can be entered from 10th Street West.
“It’s so cool to see people that maybe have never thought of themselves as artists before take home a piece that they created that they can be proud of and excited about,” Eisemann said.
9:15 a.m.: Virgil Mills Elementary iPad ensemble. Stage 2
10 a.m. Electa Lee Middle Advanced Jazz Band. Main stage
10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Dallas & Nick Show, Team 20 location
11:30: Manatee School of the Arts Bateristas. Team 3 location
Noon: Lakewood Ranch High School String Quartet. Team 8 location
12:15: Haile Middle School’s Rhythm & Dance. Main stage
12:45 p.m.: Bayshore High School Honey Bears. Main stage
1 p.m.: Manatee High School Company Class. Main stage
2 p.m.: Manatee High Drumline. Throughout the venue.
2D becomes 3D Challenge, Lakewood Ranch High: Participants turn two-dimensional art into a three-dimensional work using cardboard and cardstock.
Blow Painting with Paper Straws, Manatee YMCA: Blow paint through straws to create abstract art.
Court for the King, Inspiration Academy: Crowns are being given out to attendees and courtiers, but there is only one true king.
Create Your Own Comic, Tytan Comics: Learn how to make a comic book.
Creative Cookie Art, First for Kids Preschool: Build an edible work of art led by teachers from the downtown school.
Dragon Tales, Manatee County Public Library: Make a dragon mask and create a colorful scale for a large foldout wall piece.
Feel the Beat, Scott Blum Music (starts at 10 a.m.): Learn drumming techniques and create music.
Flowery Selfie, Medallion Flowers: Florists create a lush floral frame for a perfect photo opp.
FUNN with Chalk, Braden River High: Students and faculty create a large chalk mural to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Realize Bradenton.
In-Tents Entertainment, Manatee School for the Arts: An interactive circus features face painting and clown hat creation. At 11:30, the school’s bucket drummers will perform and parade with a large-scale elephant created by students.
Jellyfish, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School: Create a 3-D jellyfish and learn more about the mysterious sea creatures.
Origami in Action, Origami Art Studio: Create your own action origami in this interactive display.
Plant Powered Dyes, Bradenton Street Fair and Ellen Nepustil Fiber Arts: Use natural plant dyes to create a reusable tote bag.
Positivity Paintings, Ballard Elementary: Paint two rocks, one to keep and one to plant in the school’s “Serenity Garden.”
Plate Printing Press, Manatee Arts Education Association: Create a design on a foam plate, paint it and press the design on paper to create a print. Repaint and repeat.
Polka Dot Tiger, Palmetto High Art Club: Contribute to a live installation of a Polka Dot Tiger piece, inspired by artist Yayoi Kusama.
Spaghetti the Clown: One-man circus delights fans of all ages.
Spread Love Not Hate, Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee: Ringling School of Art and Design students created a mural teaching tolerance, diversity and inclusivity. Leave your own mark on the mural filled with positive messages.
String Instrument Petting Zoo, Lakewood Ranch High Orchestra: Test out an instrument and listen to performances by the school’s string quartet.
Thaumatrope Toys, R.H. Prine Elementary: Create an optical illusion using these “moving pictures” that were popular during the Victorian Age.
Dallas & Nick Show: High energy, comedy and juggling performance appeals to all ages.
The Sea and All Its Wonders, Southeast High VPA Academy: Full body master paintings will be created on site while children and families can have their faces or arms painted with a design of their choice.
Write On! Rowlett Academy: Plexiglass frames capture the magic of hands-on Snapchat-like filters. Participants can choose their own visuals, quotes and “filters” for a photo opp.
Vicki Dean is a freelance writer based in Venice.