About ArtCenter Manatee
Founded in 1937, ArtCenter Manatee is located in downtown Bradenton at the intersection of arts and culture. ArtCenter Manatee is the premier center for art, art education and unique gifts in Manatee County. The nearly 10,000 sq. ft. building in downtown Bradenton features three galleries with FREE exhibits that change monthly, five classrooms that hold over 3,000 students every year, an artisan gift shop, LiveArtfully, and an art library featuring over 3,000 art volumes. ArtCenter Manatee has repeatedly been voted the best art gallery by the Herald Tribune and Bradenton Herald.
Our visual arts classes and workshops for adults, held in the day, evening and on weekends, are offered year round in painting, drawing, pastels, pottery, jewelry design, photography and more. Our KidsArt Summer Camps (ages 4-15) and After School Programs (ages 6-10) give students the opportunity to express their creativity while they learn valuable skills, have fun and make new friends in classes designed just for them. We provide scholarships to 10%-15% of our young artists in need every year. We partner with the School District of Manatee County for a Free exhibit every year in all galleries, and other local groups such as Just for Girls, Pace Center for Girls, Lighthouse of Manasota, and the Boy Scouts, to teach art classes to their students at our facility. We participate in Soar In Four, facilitated by the School District of Manatee County. Soar In Four is designed to ensure early learners and their families have the opportunities and support they need for success in preschool, school and beyond.
LiveArtfully. the artisan market, features unique, affordable gifts by local and regional artists. Purchases help to support our local artists, subsidize the cost of our classes and support the local economy.
Exhibitions, which are free and open to the public, change monthly and showcase the work of over 2,000 local, regional and national artists. The community can meet the exhibiting artists and art enthusiasts at our monthly evening opening receptions which are always free and open to the public.
Events at ArtCenter Manatee are always fun like the annual Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County and Artful Holidays.
We are active members of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and Bradenton Kiwanis. Our Executive Director serves on the Public Art Board of Bradenton and is a member of Service Club of Manatee County.
Join ArtCenter Manatee and save on classes and workshops, use our open studio time for painting, pottery, jewelry and figure drawing (a nominal fee applies) and support the visual arts in our community.
The mission of ArtCenter Manatee is to provide a welcoming, professional environment, educate novice and experienced artists of all ages, provide galleries to exhibit and market original artwork and enhance the visual arts in Manatee County through special events and outreach programs.
ArtCenter Manatee, formerly Art League of Manatee County, is a nonprofit organization in Manatee County focused on art education for adults and children and exhibition of local, regional and national visual artists’ work in all media.