At this point, Flagler Art Technology Village’s art walk on the last Saturday of the month has become one of the best monthly offerings in Broward’s rapidly rising art scene profile. This art walk is the first of the year and should be an enormously joyous time for the fine folks who make the village a daily reality, since they will now be focusing their energies on using that cool 80 grand they were awarded by the Knight Arts Challenge this past December. This money will go toward expanding operating hours in their 10,000-square-foot warehouse, the Projects space (a popular fixture during the art walks), as well as accommodating some staffing needs and more ambitious programming features like panel discussions. FAT Village was one of four Broward recipients from the total of 47 awarded, and while all were deserving of the award monies, FAT Village gets extra kudos for its role in revitalizing Fort Lauderdale’s art cred. This “village” has truly become the “heart” of downtown with its eclectic mixture of creative types, businesses, and artists. Its proximity to the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and to Las Olas Boulevard has cemented the community and blurred the lines formerly separating the fringe from the institutional. The fun runs from 7 to 11 p.m. and is primarily located in the area surrounding the village’s 17 NW Fifth St. address and the general vicinity of the neighborhood, downtown, and NE Fourth Avenue. Call 954-760-5900, or visit fatvillage.com.
Sat., Jan. 31, 2015