The Guild's mission is: To build a community where artists live and work while enhancing quality of life and creating a harmonious environment.
The Artists Guild of Manatee, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, was formed in 1999 to establish the Village of the Arts (VOTA) in Bradenton, Florida. The Village is located in the southern portion of downtown Bradenton and consists of approximately 42 acres and 240 existing residential structures. It is bounded on the North by 9th Ave. West (MLK) in downtown Bradenton, on the West by 14th Street West, aka Tamiami Trail a federally designated scenic highway, on the East by 9th St. West (McKechnie Field, winter home of the Pittsburgh Pirates), and on the South by 16th Ave. West.
Bradenton is a city of 53,000 situated 45 miles south of Tampa, FL in the county of Manatee (pop. 323,000) with a median household income of $49,076, Bradenton is bordered on the south by Sarasota, FL. Sarasota boasts cultural destinations such as Ringling College of Art, New College, and the Ringling Museum of Art. The western boundary of Bradenton is composed of barrier islands that attract a large tourist trade. Information on beaches, resorts, and all Bradenton attractions is available through the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. To the east lies Lakewood Ranch, a vibrant, master-planned community of 7000 acres. Manatee County’s population and arts based revenues increase seasonally with the influx of both tourists and “snowbirds” (seasonal residents with a second home in Manatee County).
VOTA currently includes about 30 galleries/studios/businesses, of which approximately half are artist-occupied residences. VOTA includes an independent bookstores, 3 cafes/restaurants, several arts-related retail establishments,a yoga studio, two wellness centers and the Manatee County Cultural Alliance. All businesses in the VOTA are located in refurbished residential properties, many constructed in the 1920’s.
Of the 30 businesses in the VOTA, approximately 20% are full-time ventures, the balance supplement their incomes from an outside source (part or full-time employment). The percentage of full-time ventures has doubled over the last several years, and is expected to rise significantly over the next several years as the VOTA continues to invest in marketing, signage, and cooperative ventures with other local cultural venues. Please visit our "Friends" page.
The dream was to build a community where artists of all disciplines could live, work and prosper together. Fast forward to today - - we're living the dream. Our vibrant, colorful artists' colony, the largest in Florida, lies nestled among other homes in this multi-culturally rich neighborhood. Pick out our studios by our distinctive Village of the Arts signage.
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