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A Message to Orlando’s Arts & Cultural Community

It is with a heavy heart that on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Arts District, we announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Leena Buchy. Leena joined the Downtown Arts District in 2005 as the first employee of CityArts Factory and most…


Added by Shanon Larimer on December 23, 2016 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Happy Holidays from the!


Added by David Wheeler on December 18, 2016 at 4:30am — No Comments

#GivingTuesday Downtown Arts District


Added by David Wheeler on November 29, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Art in Odd Places Orlando 2016: PLAY

Come PLAY with us!

We are seeking festival volunteers for multiple roles and shifts for the Art in…


Added by Ha'Ani Hogan on November 1, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Art in Odd Places Orlando "TONE"

Added by David Wheeler on October 26, 2016 at 11:20pm — No Comments



By, Sandra Monday


You can never go home

Is what they say

When you try to

It’s like the Mendela effect has everything erased

No Happ’s cafe just an empty green space

Condemned wood slated rusted tin roof roach ridden child hood home

Where stands empty the windows cavernous sockets.

Rubble and weeds remain silent where Pic n Save burned to the ground

Motorcycles Rev through the streets with a sound full of…


Added by Sandra Monday on October 26, 2016 at 1:45pm — No Comments

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for La Maschera Goes Parisian Ooh La La

We are in need of volunteers to help with the Downtown Arts District's 12th annual fundraiser,

La Maschera Goes Parisian Ooh La La! 

The volunteer shift is from 6 pm-midnight on Friday September 30th at…


Added by Ha'Ani Hogan on September 14, 2016 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Solo Exhibition - Beacon College

The Kristin Michelle Mason Gallery is seeking a proposal for solo or small group show for the end of September 2016. The gallery resides in Beacon College’s Art Center located in downtown Leesburg, Florida. The gallery consists of approximately 1200 square feet and 110 linear feet of wall space.

Please visit for images…


Added by Dustin Boise on September 9, 2016 at 12:40pm — No Comments


On Pets:

The anthropomorphizing of pets as well as the obscene amount of money and attention paid to pets in this

country is indicative of the deep contempt for people at the heart of the Neo-Liberal ethic.

The FBI, for example, has recently begun spending the same level of resources on animal abuse cases as

they do murder investigations…the murder of poor people and people of color that is. The message to

poor people is clear: “You’re nothing more…


Added by Scott on September 7, 2016 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Call for Art and Artist!

Hello my friends, I am a marketing coordinator that’s looking to connect to those that are looking to express themselves.  I’m looking to link up with an art promoter / promoters that are looking to do a show or a series of shows at my downtown venue.  The venue is known as Phantom Lounge. We are located at 1021 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803. We have had Art shows in the past, but I am looking to expand on that concept. 

Please inbox me.


Added by Sierraleone Macalus on September 6, 2016 at 12:24pm — No Comments

In The Garden

In the Garden

By, Sandra Monday

2016 August


I sit here in the gathering hush,

Of my son’s nap and the clatter,

Of Bella as she plays…


Added by Sandra Monday on September 3, 2016 at 11:39am — No Comments

Announcing the Grand Opening of The Creative Lab, a new Makerspace in The Central Brevard Public Library!

Announcing the Grand Opening of The Creative Lab, a new Makerspace facility in the Central Brevard Public Library, Cocoa FL.This well attended event marked the first creative, collaborative, community Makerspace facility to Brevard County Public Library Services. Modelled after the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center in Orlando, The Creative Lab provides Brevard patrons with Makerspace facilities. Call The Creative Lab @ 321-733-1792 for more information.

Added by Cynthia Hartman on August 24, 2016 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Art After Dark, A Semi-Formal Soirée for Young Professionals

Join the Downtown Arts District for an exclusive young professionals art event. Meet emerging artists and collectors while enjoying interactive art experiences in a creative atmosphere featuring music by DJ Nigel, photo opportunities and a silent auction. Within the six contemporary galleries, complimentary craft cocktails and gourmet lite bites will be served. Guests will receive a special gift…


Added by David Wheeler on August 8, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Call to Artists – Cash Awards – Juried Exhibit

Embracing Our Differences is accepting submissions for its 14th annual outdoor juried art exhibit celebrating diversity and inclusion to be displayed April - May 2017 in Sarasota, FL USA. 42 artists will be selected and national and international submissions are encouraged. Since 2004, the exhibit has been viewed by more than 2,200,000 visitors. Final selections will be made by a 3-judge…


Added by Michael Shelton on August 1, 2016 at 10:42am — No Comments

Join me for an evening with Country Music Artist, Ty Herndon

Are you a country music fan?  If so, there’s an Pulse Orlando Benefit Concert on Saturday, July 30 at the Cheyenne Saloon with Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum Country music recording artist, Ty Herndon.  Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. . . . with 100% of the profits from ticket sales benefiting the Equality Florida Pulse Victims…


Added by Shanon Larimer on July 14, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Online Auction for Victim Service Center of Central Florida

Our friends at Victim Service Center of Central Florida are hosting an online…


Added by Ha'Ani Hogan on June 23, 2016 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Apply for Art in Odd Places 2016/PLAY: Orlando


Art in Odd Places Orlando 2016: PLAY…


Added by Ha'Ani Hogan on June 20, 2016 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Painting w/Dorene Butler

Click this link:  Painting: Landscape & Wildlife 

Date:  Session…


Added by Dorene Butler on May 16, 2016 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Cross Over Hit: Mother AND Artist

 I haven't had a blog post in a long long while, but finally felt now was the moment. I have been growing close to God recently and realized at this time it is still difficult to forgive old enemies. Thankfully I have now reached the point I actually have compassion for them, I mean reaching your 50's without any children? I can't imagine what's that's like. But then again I have read some of my older diary posts, of gaining weight, getting hit by a car pregnant, living hand to mouth, and…


Added by Sandra Monday on May 12, 2016 at 9:23pm — No Comments

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: International Freethought Film Festival





Added by Ha'Ani Hogan on May 10, 2016 at 3:57pm — No Comments

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