Village of the Arts - Bradenton, Florida

Village of the Arts – Bradenton, Florida

  1. About

The Village of the Arts is a vibrant community of artists living and working together in Bradenton, Florida.

The Village is Florida’s largest art community and over 30 businesses call the Village home. Galleries, studios, cafes, healing arts, jewelry, fashion and books can all be found as you wander the streets of this charming area of restored 1920′s and 30′s cottages. Located just south of downtown, the Village is one of Bradenton’s most exciting areas. Carving out a creative community where can people can live and create and going strong after more than 11 years.

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.

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.

For more information, please call 941-747-8056 or email


1113 12th Street West
Bradenton, Fl 34205

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