F.A.T. Village, Ft. Lauderdale

FAT Village Fort Lauderdale

Flagler Arts Technology Village

Located in the downtown historic warehouse district, The district runs south of Sistrunk Blvd (formerly a dilapidated property which had been cleaned out and new roadway built) down to  3rd Street (just above Broward Blvd, downtown Fort Lauderdale),  from the boarder of FCC railroad tracks and to the east bordering 3rd Ave.

FAT Village is burgeoning with productivity.  Techies, artists, designers, and creative professionals call this daytime enclave home.

Originally an area of run down and/or deserted warehouses and rentals became home to pioneering struggling artists.  By the early 2000s, visitors were drawn to the area to observe artists works. Hence, ArtWalk was born and developed into the public at large going house to house to view the works of art monthly. 

FAT Village is further developing an integration with artists and designers.   An untold number of artists in Miami found opportunity in FAT Village during their journeys.

FAT VILLAGE CO-FOUNDER DOUG McCRAW

The four block district itself is named after the 501©3 Non-Profit arts organization, FAT Village Arts District Inc. Property owners Doug McCraw (see photo) and Lutz Hofbauer created FATVillage Arts District and are  spending over $300k on Arts programs (and growing) through a combination of Grants, rentals and Donations.

FAT Village Mission

FAT Village is an arts district whose purpose is to promote the creation, exhibition, curation, research, and education of emerging, contemporary artists. They strive to generate an art community that is inclusive through having many different programs as well as reinforces cross disciplinary collaboration and experimentation.

ARTWALK

ArtWalk ocurrs the LAST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH   Except the month of December!  6:00pm-11:00pm,  ArtWalk features Open Galleries showcasing new art exhibits, local artists and artisans selling gifts and goods, and a variety of food and entertainment.

Galleries close at 10:00pm! Make sure you stop in early to see the new exhibitions. Travel by Uber, Lyft and Free Sun Trolly runs until 12am.  Also, free parking after 6pm in the Coral public lot on NW 4th Street and Andrews.

ARTWALK GOODS VENDOR MARKET

The GOODS is a monthly curated maker’s market that takes place during the FATVillage ArtWalk. The Goods aims to bring the best local artists and artisans in SouthFlorida together in one place. Every month thousands of excited visitors will come through ArtWalk and they want to show them a good time.  

They start excepting applications for each ArtWalk at the beginning of each month and  Applications are found on their website. They carefully select vendors so that the market is fresh and varied every month.  If you are not accepted this month, please apply again!  

EXHIBITS

FAT Village creates and exhibits challenging work that is outside the realm of commercial galleries. They believe this allows for a critical dialogue between artists, curators and the public. And provides opportunities for artists who are working with experimental, immersive, and non-traditional media to create and install new works on site. They also provide opportunities for independent curators to express their visions of larger issues surrounding contemporary art practices.

Exhibitions and Gallery Spaces Include:

ARTSUP! CONCEPTS, FATVILLAGE PROJECTS, IS PROJECTS, and FAR GALLERY.

Entertainment, Business and Artistic Services:

BREW NEXT DOOR, CADENCE LIVING, C & I STUDIOS,  FATVILLAGE FOR THE ARTS,  GENERAL PROVISION, GET CLUB,  HENRY’S SANDWICH STATION,  IMAGE 360,  INSPIRE ME BRACELETS, M. HANSON & CO.,  NEXT DOOR,  NOBLEMEN’S CUT & SHAVE, SIXTH STAR ENTERTAINMENT

HOSTING YOUR EVENTS at FATVillage is managed by A2 Events, a boutique corporate event planning firm and DMC. They are a full service company that offers ground transportation, event design and decor, site selection, entertainment, a/v, dine arounds, new event tech, etc. Delivering and producing unique and creative events, A2 will elevate your ideas with outstanding taste.

FAT VILLAGE houses many Artists Studios. They also aid the public through increasing South Florida’s reputation in contemporary art. Their dream for the future is for Fort Lauderdale to become synonymous with cutting edge contemporary art and sees the role of FAT Village being a vanguard space that pushes artists, frees curators and inspires the public.

NEW FOOD MARKET

Sistrunk Marketplace is composed of two buildings, the largest will feature a 40,000-square-foot food hall with seven food vendors, the new Khoffner craft-beer brewery, a recording studio, a live music space and rooftop garden located on Sistrunk Bloulevard, across the street  from FAT Village in Fort Lauderdale.

Economic Impact

It is important that the place you live in is the place you want to live.  Our community is hungry for more culture.  By expanding thier impact, you can help nurture this cultural interest into cultural passion. When they work with artists, they often create their largest and most involved work to date which helps them to further their success. Your support participating, visiting, procuring art, exhibiting art or just donating means doing even more.  It means expanded programming, more ambitious exhibitions, better community engagement, performances, and workshops.

New Artist Lofts

In the next few years, the Non Profit Arts Org will be redoing the Village creating significant Artist housing. The City of Fort Lauderdale is also helping investors to bring loft residence building projects to the FAT Village area, further revitalizing the Sistrunk area. The City also is sponsoring outdoor Concerts around the corner on Sistrunk Blvd.

TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS:

FATVillage Arts District Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. FAT Village believes that what is good for the arts is good for the economy by drawing resources and visitors to our area.  Contributions may be directed to a specific facet of our operations or designated to the greatest need. Gifts may also be made in honor of special occasions or in memory of a loved one. Or you can just donate via their website.

FURTHER INFO can be found at  https://www.fatvillage.com/ also they have a presence on FaceBook and Instagram.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jim Perigny (aka DJ JimmyP) is the CEO of Red Hispana Florida, an HIV and LGBT Issues Agency and radio station Founder/Manager of EAGLEradio.PRO

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