For one weekend this coming April, historic downtown Kissimmee will be transformed into an inclusive art showcase for the Florida Mosaic: A Festival of the Arts. The festival is hosted by Osceola Arts in partnership with Kissimmee Main Street and the City of Kissimmee.
For the last 55 years, Osceola Arts has been enriching Osceola County in theatre, fine art, music, and arts education through the many programs held at their facility. Each year they take over historic downtown Kissimmee for an entire weekend and host hundreds of fine artists, crafters, artisans, musicians, and performers for The Osceola Art Festival. As this year’s event – a milestone 50th – approaches, Osceola Arts is excited to announce a rebranding of the event.
The new title, Florida Mosaic: A Festival of the Arts, embodies the updated vision the organizers have for the event. While keeping all of the current art elements, those attending the festival will see the expansion of other forms of art including music and performing arts.
“Florida Mosaic: A Festival of the Arts is an opportunity for the community to come together in celebration of artistic creation and culture,” said Osceola Arts’ Visual Arts Director, Marilyn Cortes-Lovato. “Participation in creative cultural activities like the art festival helps connect people to each other and the community. It creates opportunities for community dialogue, creative community building, shared cultural experiences, and can improve economic development.”
Admission and parking for the festival are free, and those in attendance can see a variety of art elements showcased in different ways. Festival activities include a juried art show, local artisans and crafters market, student art display, student chalk art contest, live music and art performances, local restaurants, specialized food vendors, and traveling entertainment. The festival also offers an Art Patron Purchase Program, which provides a rewarding opportunity to own original and unique art. Individuals or businesses pledge to purchase artwork from the artists in attendance at the festival. These good faith pledges, beginning at $150, bolster support for the arts and the community.
In addition, all future Florida Mosaic: A Festival of the Arts events will be held in the spring. To kick things off, the 2017 festival will be held on Saturday, April 8th and Sunday, April 9th and will continue to be held along Broadway in historic downtown Kissimmee. As downtown Kissimmee begins its exciting new redevelopment, the date change will allow Florida Mosaic: A Festival of the Arts to continue offering residents, merchants, and visitors – both old and new – an immersive arts experience in the heart of the City amid a beautifully unique backdrop.
Anyone interested in participating in any of the aspect of the festival should visit the festival website at www.FloridaMosaic.org for more information. Join Osceola Arts, Kissimmee Main Street, and the City of Kissimmee on April 8-9, 2017 for Florida Mosaic: A Festival of the Arts, an event where art and community come together.