The Knight Foundation, through its Donor Advised Fund and in partnership with the Manatee Community Foundation, has awarded $149,639 to Realize Bradenton to fund Project Art Connects.
This grant is matched by $286,944 of local funds and in-kind donations to support the $436,583 initiative. Project Art Connects will develop a core of young people who will inform and engage the community with downtown Bradenton’s future by connecting art and history in public places and social media, according to a news release from the city of Bradenton. Students will examine the people and various factors that have shaped the downtown Bradenton area. Their research will include on-site investigations, historical documents, museum exhibitions, and oral history stories. Students will record their newly gained knowledge, ideas, and envisioned improvements in both words and images during classroom and hands-on experiences at South Florida Museum, Manatee Village Historical Park and the Manatee riverfront. The project will be documented by METV.
Project Art Connects reflects the mission of Realize Bradenton to promote economic development by attracting greater numbers of people to visit the downtown through collaborative events, strategic partnerships, and creative media strategies.