Updated: Nov 10, 2019
LAKELAND, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2019) — Art Crawl returns to Munn Park in downtown Lakeland for its seventh annual art festival celebrating the emergence of new and innovative artists in Central Florida. This one-day event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. The event is family friendly, and admission is free.
In addition to providing a venue for more than 70 local fine art artists to show their work, the juried art festival is a terrific place for collectors and supporters to buy artwork by local, emerging artists.
“Art Crawl fosters the belief that we can make a difference in the community by building relationships to bring about awareness, support and collaboration for the arts,” said Ellen Chastain, who founded the festival under the auspices of Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College and now runs the festival as an independent nonprofit organization.
The event also will include entertainment, art demonstrations and food trucks for every taste. A full slate of performances is being coordinated by Fredi Dance Project and With Love Productions. Local arts organizations and partners will offer hands-on art activities and happenings for all ages. iNK Screen Printing will be printing FREE T-shirts for the first 200 attendees.
Additionally, the Regions Bank Bike Art Challenge will auction bicycles that were painted and otherwise transformed into works of art by student art clubs from Ridge Community High, Bartow Senior High, Mulberry Middle and Davenport School of the Arts. The bikes will be on display and sold during a silent auction at Art Crawl. Proceeds will benefit the art clubs and Art Crawl.
“From the beginning, Art Crawl has accepted the challenge to create a platform that helps new artists gain professional traction,” Chastain said. “We are proud that Art Crawl grows every year, as do the local opportunities for artists to exhibit their work and grow as artists.”
In the past year, Art Crawl has extended its reach in the art community through professional development workshops for contemporary artists through Arts Ensemble Downtown and through a partnership with VOLUME, a contemporary artists’ collective in Lakeland.
Several artist opportunities already are planned for the coming year. On March 14, 2020, the Lakeland Magic will hold the team’s first “Night of the Arts” with help from Art Crawl, which will select artists to be featured at the event. Also in March, The Marc – which will offer classes and workshops to aid emerging artists in the pursuit of success – is planning an exhibition and reception for Art Crawl artists.
Additionally, ART/ifact will host an exhibition of Art Crawl artists in February, and Grubbs Arts is contributing to make it a full evening of visual and performing arts. Finally, Mulberry Cultural Center is planning to offer at least one Art Crawl artist a solo exhibition.
The leather artists at Boondock Studios are donating their time, material and talent to create the award “ribbons” for art show winners again this year.
Art Crawl 2019 is sponsored by: Lakeland Magic, Visit Central Florida, iNK Screen Printing, Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro, Torch Designs, DJ Jenks, Regions Bank, Patricia Lamb, Grindley Williams Engineering, Lakeside AT&T and DeGeorge Custom Frames.
Art Crawl supporting partners are: FrediDANCE Project, With Love Productions Inc., Lakeland Art Guild, Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, The Marc, Explorations V Children’s Museum, ART/ifact and Mulberry Cultural Center.
Art Crawl Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization led by Chastain and a dedicated group of volunteers. Chastain founded the event in 2013 under the auspices of Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, which gave her permission to establish Art Crawl as an independent organization. The museum remains a supporting partner of Art Crawl.
Learn more about Art Crawl at artcrawlfl.com or on the organization’s Facebook page.