Christine DiMattei talks to artist Rolando Chang Barrero about his efforts to spearhead the growing arts scene in Boynton Beach.
If you’re looking for Boynton Beach’s arts district, you won’t find it near any trendy restaurants or high-end boutiques. Actually, the closest business is an auto shop and the nearest place to grab a bite to eat is a gas station on the corner.
But if no one took this artists’ enclave seriously 18 months ago . . .
Barrero is a local artist, with roots in the Coconut Grove and South Beach art scenes. Seeking an inexpensive workspace, he rented a garage bay in an industrial park just west of I-95 in 2011. Things got a little lonely, so he scooped up whatever spaces became vacant and invited fellow artists to settle there. Before long, painters were using the garage bay doors as mural canvasses and some of the compartments as mini-art galleries.
Barrero feels artists should take responsibility for building their own communities.
“In every historical art period, you always had the integration and the collaboration of all the arts," says Barrero. "In order to make an impact in this century, I believe it’s necessary again."
Barrero is also working with urban farmers to create a raw foods garden on the property. And a half a block away, there’s a plot of land he’s setting his sights on for a performing arts center.
But while the city supports the revitalization effort, the district is pretty much on its own when it comes to funding. Barrero says he’s had to rely on private donations of money and art supplies to keep the Boynton Beach Arts District alive.
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Rolando maintains an art studio at the Boyton Beach Art District, 406-422 West Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach FL 33426, where he organizes The BBAD on Thursday Events and is the curator/owner of ActivistArtistA Gallery.
Collaboration Art Walk in Northwood Village
Friday, May 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
400 – 500 blocks of Northwood Road in Northwood Village
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Northwood Village Art and Wine Promenade
A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC in partnership with the Northwood CRA in West Palm Beach will be hosting Collaboration: Art walk in Northwood Village during May’s Northwood Art & Wine Promenade on Northwood Rd. There will be 15 talented artists (5 emerging & 10 professional) from different parts of Florida exhibiting and selling their creations as well as vendors who will provide information about our art community.
The Northwood Village Art and Wine Promenade event is Free Public activity organized by the City of West Palm Beach and its Mayor’s office and aimed to promote the cultural life of the historical Northern side of the city and all the quality businesses in that area and the great many offers they bring to all residents and visitors. Whether you’re a casual shopper, serious foodie, inspired artist or looking for a great scene… the village has something for you.
NEW TIMES by Alex Rendon Featuring up-and-coming local artists, sculptors, poetry readings, open-mic performers, bands, and a consortium of art connoisseurs, the art walks, held the third Thursday of each month at the Boynton Beach Arts District, have become booming cultural happenings in a little over a year. This cluster of art galleries and studios, tucked away in an industrial area of Boynton Beach, is slowly growing up and striking a nerve in Palm Beach County’s scene. This month’s art walk seeks to unify the county’s diversified art world. Under the name Think Tank, BBAD is rounding up Palm Beach County arts supporters, leaders, and philanthropists for a night of cultural brainstorming.Rolando Chang Barrero, the outspoken and ardent founder and organizer of BBAD, hopes to work with different cultural entities in the county and look at ways the group can unify.Sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama of West Palm Beach, Think Tank will have many key individuals from a host of different disciplines in attendance, but all Palm Beach County art lovers are welcome. This artsy think tank happens Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Boynton Beach Arts District, located at 422 W. Industrial Way in Boynton Beach. It’s free to attend. Call 786-521-1199, or visit facebook.com/boyntonbeach.artdistrict. Think Tank Brings out the Brass
THINK TANK Tuesday, July 9, 2013 Location: TBA Past Think Tank was held at:
Boynton Beach Art District
May 23, 2013
Boynton Beach's recently revitalized art district served as the backdrop for an amazing gahering aptly called THINK TANK. The brightest and most infulencial advocates and artists converged for a meeting of minds in a 2 hour dialogue about the art scence in Palm Beach County.
The guests who arrived a bit early for THINK TANK were taken on a breif tour of the newly painted Bay Gates Project. Promptly at 6:30 the intoductions began followed by the exchanges of ideas and dreams for Palm Beach County arts and entertainment.
The acension of the tri-city art scene in Palm Beach County, the county is clearly recognized as a force to be contended with already.
I hope you enjoy these candid shots of the very first THINK TANK!
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