When Chang Barrero arrived in Boynton Beach in 2011, he went to the art district at 401 West Industrial Avenue seeking studio space. At the time, the site was overgrown and had been used to depose of old refrigerators.
Working with the property owner, Chang Barrero cleaned up the site and set up his studio. The city gave him permission to paint murals on the industrial building, including on the metal gates. In addition to curated works, the art district invites children from across the state to paint murals.
Then, he started a monthly artwalk festival with bands, food trucks and vendors. Now, many other artists and creative entrepreneurs inhabit the repurposed warehouse bays.
“We beautified the whole road,” Chang Barrero said. “It has been carefully curated and aesthetically developed."