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Light Up SoDo 2016

Kick off your holiday season at Light Up SoDo on Sunday, December 4th at 2pm. Free community event with Santa, Princesses, face painting, train rides and more!

Downtown South WINstagram

Hey Instagrammers! Here’s your chance to win some really fun prizes just for being familiar with Downtown South icons.

Cardboard Art Festival: From An Artist’s Perspective

To be honest, we’re using the term “artist” loosely.  Hello!  My name is Leah Nash, I’m the current Chairperson for the Downtown South Board of Directors, as well as a Downtown South resident.  This year, I submitted a proposal called “Peace, Love, and Kitty Cats” to show in the 4th Annual Cardboard Art Festival {produced by The Daily City} and was pleasantly surprised when my proposal was selected. Until I realized that I would actually have to create this gigantic piece of art, made entirely of cardboard, in just three short weeks. Never did I think that I would consider cardboard so frequently, but here I was nonetheless.  I began collecting cardboard every where I went. I was {again} pleasantly surprised at how generous people were with giving me their cardboard.  In fact, thank you to the following companies for “sponsoring” my first art installment: Columbia Street Studios, Community Acupuncture of Orlando, In Bloom Florist, Go Big Marketing, and Total Wine and More After the Pulse tragedy, it was important to me to frequent as many Downtown South businesses that were closed by the investigation as possible.  I’m happy to say that 100% of supplies purchased for “Peace, Love, and Kitty Cats” were made at our local Toole’s Ace Hardware store.  If you have ever shopped there, you know how friendly and helpful the staff is and my DAILY visits there for my cardboard art piece were no exceptions.  I’m actually selling “Peace, Love, and Kitty Cats” for the exact amount that it cost me to make, which is $112.01. I was also very happy that the Cardboard Art Festival was hosted by Sodo Shopping Center, which is literally less than a mile from my house AND right across the street from my new favorite place, Ace Hardware {yes!  Ace IS the place!}.  With it being so close, I could easily transport pieces back and forth, as well as work in the space.  With my installment being so large {one piece is over 6′ tall}, it was nice to have large space available to me. The 4th Annual Cardboard Art Festival is being held July 22 – 31 at the Sodo Shopping Center, next to TJ Maxx.  Click here for a schedule of events and gallery hours.  Every single piece of art is made entirely of cardboard.  There are tiny pieces all the way up to large installments, like mine.  “Peace, Love, and Kitty Cats” is a three-piece interactive installment.  Please stop by during gallery hours to check it out, try some of the pieces on {there are Cat Hats!}, and snap some pics.  If you post your pics, please use #PeaceLoveandKittyCats . Cardboard Art Festival is using the following: #cardboardisawesome and #cardboardartfest2016 .  You can also find Cardboard Art Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Hope to see you there! Here’s a sneak peak of “Peace, Love, and Kitty Cats”:    Here are some progress pics:...

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Recovery Resources

Downtown South, a 501c3 Orlando Main Street organization, has organized this guide. It is intended to be a comprehensive collection of currently available resources for locally affected businesses and employees of the Pulse tragedy.

Downtown South Works Towards Recovery

The Downtown South community is deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy that occurred to our neighbor Pulse Orlando on June 12th in Downtown South.  Our hearts go out to everyone affected. We cannot explain why this terrible tragedy happened but we can tell you one thing:  WE ARE STLL HERE.  We are here to support our businesses and residents, our city, and our community.  We are not going anywhere.

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