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A Flourishing World Cultural Capital
South Florida has come a long way as a destination
Only a few decades ago, South Florida was often called a “cultural desert,” even by its own residents. Many also noted, sadly, that the sidewalks “rolled up” every summer, meaning that cultural events and facilities were even scarcer during the warmer months......con't
......The Palm Beaches, too, are creating colorful arts districts. In Boynton Beach, the Neighborhood Arts District (Boynton Beach Art District/ BBAD) is a former industrial area where abandoned bulldozers—and just about anything else available—now serve as canvases for a growing community of artists. Downtown Lake Worth has metamorphosed into a huge outdoor gallery in which old buildings are adorned with bright murals. Just across the Intracoastal Waterway, the wealthy village of Palm Beach has some of the finest art galleries in America.Got to: http://www.smartmeetings.com/destinations/97921/south-florida-flourishing-world-cultural-capital
About Boynton Beach Art District
The Boynton Beach Art District, located at 410 W. Industrial Ave., just west of Interstate 95, has 11 working artists who occupy 11 industrial warehouse studios.A wide variety of artists make their home in the district, including kinetic artists, graffiti artists, tattoo artists, metal sculptors, muralists, stone carvers, painters, performance artists and musicians.The art district’s vibrant leader, Rolando Barrero, a Miami native with Cuban roots, says when he first moved to Boynton Beach, the industrial space where the district now thrives was laden with crime.But now the district is an alternative contemporary art scene brimming with life that sponsors open mic nights, monthly art walks, exhibitions and special events.The murals pictured are part of an outdoor exhibition called the ActivistArtistA Bay Gates Project curated by Barrero in conjunction with the Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s #ShadesOfCultureCampaign.
Coming up at the Boynton Beach Art District....