Visiting Artist Program
The Visiting Artists Week enables nearly 75 of the Arts Festival's 360 award-winning artists to share their insight with more than 150 public schools in South Florida. While also familiarizing students to their particular craft, artists also work with students to create a piece of art which may include an individual painting, jewelry crafting or painting a full mural on a school wall.
Introduced by the Arts Festival in 1986, numerous other fine arts shows across the country have introduced similar programs since its inception.
The 2016 Coconut Grove Arts Festival hosted its 3rd annual high school mentoring program at the Miami Seaquarium. In its dedication to promoting year-long arts education in South Florida, CGAF invited 28 students from a local High School to attend the exclusive day-long session.
A private workshop taught by five participating, professional artists of the 2016 Coconut Grove Arts Festival including:
Kristin Holeman - Jeweler & Photographer, Ed King - Painter, Paul Marcellini - Photographer, Jackie Roch - Printmaking & Drawing, Beau Tudzarov - Digital Artist.
Inspired by their encounters with breathtaking marine life, students sketched a piece in the medium of their choice while also having the opportunity to speak candidly with mentors about future careers in the arts industry.
Following their visit to the park, students created a final art piece of their own to display and sell at the Official Poster Unveiling Party and at their own booth at the 2016 Festival.
Nationally-renowned chefs demonstrate their famous dishes at the popular Culinary Arts Pavilion at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.
Reminiscent of show formats made popular by the likes of The Food Network and Cutthroat Kitchen, live demonstrations held in the heart of Meyers Park, will provide entertainment and education for all guests of the Pavilion.
New & Emerging Artist Program
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival "CGAF" is providing young artists, ages 19-29, a special opportunity to apply for the CGAF at a significantly reduced rate with the help and guidance of experienced veteran artists to help mentor and guide them through the process of displaying and selling their artwork at our outdoor Festival. Application fee is $10 vs. $55 and the booth fee is $150 vs $830 and includes the tent, pro-panels and signage. The young artists participate in a symposium to ask and be informed of all that it will take to participate in the CGAF, ensuring the very best outcome possible for them. 3 out of the 5 participants come back to participate in the CGAF the following year as a professional independent artist.