Art Forms Inspired By The Month of Lunar New Year & Love
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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It’s a sign of community prosperity when there is a great deal of growth in community arts programs. Or perhaps it’s because love serves as a source of inspiration for arts (be it of tangible art forms, music, food, mingling….etc.). Either way, there are certainly a lot of activities in the arts in Central Florida this month. To name a few….
- Charity Craft Fair (To Benefit The BETA Center) is on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 10:00 am-3:00 pm at Prince of Peace, 1515 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL. There will be food vendors, hourly door prizes, free kids’ crafts, swag bags for 1st 100 adults, a Bouncy Castle, and over 50 unique and talented vendors with much handmade crafts, just in time for Valentines Day! It is of free admission. Helping Handmade has partnered with Artisans’ Guild and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, to help support the amazing work that the BETA Center does for new mothers. So bring your family and friends to come out to have some fun while picking up something handmade for that special some one!
- Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival 2016 will take place on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at Orlando Fashion Square Mall, 3201 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32803, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The festival starts at 11:00 am with a community parade (begins at Anthem College Parking lot and ends at Orlando Fashion Square front entrance). Lunar New Year is the most important festival celebration in Asia. In many parts of the world, large celebrations and parades are held by Asian organizations to share the culture with rest of the world. This year, Asia Trend Magazine together with Mills 50 – Orlando Mainstreet District, REACH of Central Florida (Recognizing Educating Asian Cultural Heritage) and Y.E.S.S. (Youth Enrichment and Senior Services) joined hands to organize the Central Florida local community 5th Annual Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival on February 14th, 2016 to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. The admission is free and will be fun for all ages via dragon and lion dances, martial arts, Cantonese Opera, cultural dances, arts and crafts, and exotic Asian food. So, if you’re a Foodie, Art or Music Lover, a Business Owner, or some one who would like to learn more about Asian culture, this is the event for you to meet and mingle with others with similar interests while enjoying good food, art works and music, and performances. For more detailed information, please visit their web site and Facebook page.
- The First Annual Windermere Art Affair will take place on Saturday, February 20, 2016, between 11:00 am-6:00 pm at Town Square. For more details, please contact Anne Scharer McDonough at 407-448-0244 or check out their Facebook page of Windermere Art Affair. There will be fine art exhibits, music, and food. The event is pet friendly and free admission. Windermerians, be sure to come out and support this First Annual event for the arts here in Windermere! It is always a good sign for the community when there is plenty of support for the arts!
4. Osceola Arts, located at 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL, 407-846-6257, hosts variety of youth programs, theater, visual arts, music and outreach programs. Osceola Arts offers monthly art exhibits, classes, and workshops, and partners with the Kissimmee Mainstreet Program and City of Kissimmee to present an annual 2 day art festival in historic downtown Kissimmee (there may be some rescheduling of this event this year, so be sure to contact Osceola Arts to confirm the date of next annual Osceola Arts festival). Between Feb. 9-March 6, 2016, there is the exhibit for “Celebrating The Black Artists of Central Florida”.
Osceola Arts is also accepting submission for artists of Asian ancestry living and creating art in Florida, with submission deadline on February 19, 2016, (please refer to this application form), for an exhibit that will take place between March 15-April 17, 2016.
Any questions or concerns may be emailed to Visual Arts Director Marilyn Cortes-Lovato at [email protected] . Please feel free to visit this page. Artists who would like to encourage future exhibits of particular groups, please be sure to contact the Visual Arts Director Marilyn Cortes-Lovato at [email protected] .This is a wonderful avenue for known and unknown artists of Florida to receive exposure since Osceola Arts does not take any commission on sales of artwork on exhibit at the Osceola Arts Center right now. Those of you who are interested in volunteering in the arts, you may also want to check this page out.
I suppose there is much love of arts in the air during the month of February…..let’s encourage it to flourish throughout the year! 🙂
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