City of Miami gathers for annual art festival
For over a half a century, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival has been the site where fans of art, food, and music gather every year. This year was no disappointment as a projected amount of 500,000 people attended this year’s festival. The event was held on President’s Day weekend. “It’s a great event for coming out and enjoying the weather, seeing a lot of really nice art work. I think it’s very important for people to see the art work and meet the artist, so it’s always been a nice community event,” said Will Armstrong who displayed his artwork over the course of the weekend.
The city of Miami is no stranger to hosting big art festivities; Art Basel that was held on Miami Beach only a few months ago had thousands of attendees as well. The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is no local secret; thousands of international tourists visit South Florida every year. “I think it’s very important for the city of Miami to to have cultural events like this, for its citizens and to bring in people from outside as well,” said Kerri Mcnulnti who attended the festival. It’s a “win win” economically for the city as those from the outside pack hotels in the area while also helping other businesses in the area.
The arts festival is not only beneficial for the attendees as the artists are put on a platform to display their work and given an opportunity to sell their work. “I come to the Coconut Grove Art Festival to share my images of the two thirds world and try to represent the marginalized in a positive way,” said Emerson Matabele who was one of many who were displaying their work in the hundreds of tents. This is a business for these artist and there is no better place to try to make sales since Miami is a respected place in the art industry. “I come to the Coconut Grove Art Festival because it is a respected show and sales are great, people are great down here, people appreciate my work,” said Bruce Jeffries Reinfield who has displayed his work down here in South Florida before.
This year marks festival number 52 for an event that has been a staple in this community since 1963.