Earlier this week I finally had the pleasure of visiting Fort Lauderdale's famous FAT Village. FAT stands for "Flagler Arts and Technology" district. Once an abandoned warehouse district in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, FAT Village is now a thriving district full of creative spaces for local artists and start-up companies.
What makes the area unique is that there is graffiti painted on every building that the eye can see. Artists from around the globe flock to the FAT Village looking to leave their mark. It's amazing how the murals on the walls create a unique story on the outside of each of the buildings.
It's great to see how the once-vacant warehouses are being transformed into thriving businesses. There are a mixture of art studios, barbershops, advertising agencies, tech companies and restaurants that have vacated the spaces and have given them life. Each space is filled with a unique experience and offers visitors the opportunity to explore.
The main attraction in the area is the FAT Village "ArtWalk" which takes place the last Saturday of each month from 6-10PM. Each event features new exhibits displaying local artists and their work. There are a variety of local vendors set up and food trucks vacate the area to offer an array of delicious options. It's worth noting that the event is kid and pet friendly, so make sure to bring out the family!
I look forward to enjoying my first FAT Village ArtWalk this month and I hope to see you there!
Here is a collection of the photos I took of the beautiful murals and street art that I found in the area.