Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2012
– By Silvina Jover-Cirillo | Social Media Community Manager –
“Eat, breathe & live art” is the motto of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival (CGAF). History has it that the early stages of this now classic event were registered back in 1963, initially being an event showcasing an intimate clothing line as part of the Coconut Grove Playhouse’s production of Irma la Douce. An event that started with a few thousand attendees now registers more than 150,000 during President’s Day weekend.
According to the organizers:
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival® is produced by the Coconut Grove Arts & Festival Historical Association, Inc., a non-profit organization that receives no commission from the sale of artwork. A portion of the proceeds from Festival admissions benefits the Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association, which funds year-round arts programs benefitting a scholarship fund that creates opportunities for Miami-Dade County’s talented students to continue their art education. The Association also maintains the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery I and II, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. Since its inception in 1963, the Association has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to students who attend fine arts programs.
From classic painters, glass, wood and metal artists, and photographers to culinary delights, the CGAF lived up to its visitors’ expectations; kids and adults equally had something to enjoy during their visit. A tradition that doesn’t seem to disappoint and knows how to keep up with these always evolving times, the CGAF was a totally “social” event: Twitter handle, Facebook page, FourSquare check-in and even its own #CGAF hashtag were -and still are- constantly available for all the social and tech-savvy attendees.
Enjoy some of the weekend’s highlights…
(Photos by Silvina Jover-Cirillo)