About the event
Walk of Arts is an all-inclusive art & music festival that will take place in Floral Park in Floral City on November 4th, 2023. This event will include a free sidewalk chalk competition for children aged 5-18 with celebrity & local artist judges, a various selection of food trucks, a span of entertainment including local, regional, and national acts, and approximately $4,200 in total prizes awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each age category.
The event was designed to give the community's youth access to professional/celebrity artists, encouragement, and an opportunity to compete for arts-oriented children, while also exposing the community to musical acts that hadn't previously been accessible in this area. This year, we're expecting even higher foot traffic, approximately 1800-2500. We have spaces for over 200 children to compete in the sidewalk chalk competition as well as room for 200 food, art, and retail vendors. Our entertainment for this year's event includes a local high school band, the Kyle Ingram Trio (a band with local ties), and Actual Bank Robbers (Central Florida's premier 90s cover band). Headlining the event is the Pop2000 Tour featuring the multi platinum artists LFO, Ryan Cabrera, and O-Town.
Why should you sponsor?
Rural areas like Citrus County don't often have access to the resources, performances, and mentors that larger metropolitan areas have. Because of this, many children do not grow up to pursue careers in the performing and visual arts. If they do, they are often behind in the skill sets required to succeed in these industries.
Twisitd Arts Initiative is aiming to change that. Our sidewalk chalk competition offers prizes for the top-performing youth artists with high-end art supplies that are not available at the stores in our local area. We offer on-site mentoring from our professional artist judges, and we showcase musical performances from various levels of the industry - including national acts that our area does not usually have access to.
We are striving to provide access to the visual and performing arts industries to our rural community in the hopes of empowering, educating, and encouraging the next generation of professional visual and performing artists. Unfortunately, being a small rural community, funds are hard to come by as many businesses and families are just above the poverty level. As a fledging non-profit, we don't have access to large-scale grants just yet. However, our organization is run by a former Director of Marketing for a multi-million dollar international company - so in exchange for helping our small community experience the arts, we can offer experienced, high-quality marketing and support from an experienced professional. We aim to make this relationship beneficial for all involved.
We are the Twistid Arts Initiative. We were born from the desire to raise awareness and access to all forms of visual and performing arts in the community through innovative programming, hands-on education, and immersive events right here in Citrus County.
Our sister company, Twistid Ink, worked very closely with the CHS arts departments and, in our time working with these students, we realized that several things were true:
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1. The creative youth of this community had limited exposure to successful arts-based career individuals, companies, etc.
2. The starving artist myth was very alive and active in Citrus County, even down to the adults guiding these students on their career paths.
3. There aren't enough high-quality arts-related activities in Citrus County, especially for the youth.
4. A lot of students and adults are unaware of the different career opportunities available in the arts industries.
After we, as Twistid Ink, hosted the inaugural Walk of Arts Festival in 2022 based solely on the remarks and comments being made to us by members of the community - we realized quickly that the community was eager for more art-related events, support, and education.
And so, Twistid Arts Initiative was born!
Twistid Arts Initiative is currently in its early stages of the start-up process. Now a legal entity and recognized non-profit in the State of Florida, the organization is currently awaiting approval from the US IRS department for it's national 501(c)3 status. Our current approximated processing date is April, with the status being retroacted to our time of filing, which was October 2022.
Currently, we are accepting donations for the operations of the organization and sponsorships for the 2023 Walk of Arts Festival. While 2023 will be minimal as far as activity, we are looking to host some small workshops (art and acting related), music lessons, pop-gallery events, and of course, the Walk of Arts in 2023. Make sure to sign up for our email list to stay apprised of upcoming TAI events.
The future of Twistid Arts Initiative will involve launching a full-scale events space/venue where we can hold workshops, classes, gallery shows, and live performances and will be the primary focus of our fundraising efforts through the upcoming years. We intend to make the venue available for performance groups, musicians, and organizations of all calibers - not just for our own events . In the meantime, we will be happily assisting in all marketing efforts for local visual and performing arts events and organizations using our platform and our other sister company, Ink Splat Brand Services. We strongly believe the arts need to be recognized in a stronger capacity in Citrus County and will work hard to shine a light on the arts-based individuals and organizations in the community!