Wednesday, November 23, 2016

To the “makers” and true artists everywhere: Why you need to consider Lake Worth, FL, your future home

Jennifer Conlin in The New York Times’ Fashion & Style section had this piece last year titled, “Last Stop on the L Train: Detroit”. The ‘creative class’ is abandoning Brooklyn and looking for better environments to work. The article is about Detroit which has become a popular place for artists. Here is the paragraph that stood out to me, a resident of the little City of Lake Worth, Florida:

It is now well-documented that some of Brooklyn’s much-written-about creative class is being driven out of the borough by high prices and low housing stock. Some are going to Los Angeles (or even Queens), but others are migrating to the Midwest, where Detroit’s empty industrial spaces, community-based projects, experimental art scene and innovative design opportunities beckon, despite the city’s continuing challenges. [emphasis added]

What does Lake Worth have?
  • Empty industrial, commercial, and neighborhood spaces (but they’re filling up!)
  • Community-based projects are occurring all the time
  • An experimental, innovative art scene is here
  • Design opportunities abound
  • And yes, the City does have some continuing challenges
This is what Pari Chang had to say about Lake Worth:

This small South Florida city is an under-the-radar, up-and-coming hotbed of makers. Miami obviously has a huge arts scene. Locals know that Ft. Lauderdale does, too. But Lake Worth, in Palm Beach County, is the one to watch, a city on the verge.

Lake Worth has everything artists are looking for. All they have to do is discover our little City here in Florida.
Lake Worth beckons muralists from everywhere.

The information below is a great start! Click images to enlarge:
Thank you for all the great work you do, LULA!