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'And the winner is...' Film Friday Series begins in January

'And the winner is...' Film Friday Series begins in January

Bradenton, FL -- The South Florida Museum announced it will salute Hollywood’s biggest successes during award show season as Academy Award© Best Picture winners from the past 80 years are featured as part of the “And the Winner Is...” Film Fridays series.

The new Film Fridays series will run most Friday evenings, Jan. 6 – March 16, 2012. All screenings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the South Florida Museum’s all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater located at 201 10th Street W. in downtown Bradenton.

Student art teaches graffiti hurts

Student art teaches graffiti hurts

Manatee County, FL -- Seven student winners of this school year’s Graffiti Hurts Poster Contest will have their posters transformed into backrests of bus benches donated by the Bradenton Lions Club/Metro Systems to educate others that graffiti hurts our community. 

Students compete in 'Graffiti Hurts' poster contest

Students compete in 'Graffiti Hurts' poster contest

Bradenton, Florida -- The School District of Manatee County is joining with Keep Manatee Beautiful to sponsor a poster contest promoting the message that “Graffiti Hurts” our neighborhoods and community. The contest is open to students in schools across Manatee County.

A panel of judges will select and announce the contest winners this Friday morning, November 4, 2011, beginning at 9 a.m. in the School Board Chambers at the School Support Center located at 215 Manatee Ave. W. Posters will be judged on originality, technical difficulty, artistic execution and message effectiveness.

First, Second and Third Place Winners will be named in three different categories – Elementary, Middle and High School. First Place Winners will receive $300 to improve their school compliments of Keep Manatee Beautiful, and a pizza party thanks to Demetrio’s’ Pizza House. Second Place Winners will receive $150 for their school and Third Place Winners will receive $50.

South Florida Museum honors 150th anniversary of Civil War

South Florida Museum honors 150th anniversary of Civil War

Bradenton, Florida -- As 2011 marks the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, the South Florida Museum takes a look back at the war through several films depicting life on and off the battlefield. The South Florida Museum kicked off a new Film Fridays series titled “Between the States” last Friday, Oct. 7 which will run most Fridays through Nov. 18, 2011.

All Film Fridays screenings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the South Florida Museum’s all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater located at 201 10th Street W. in downtown Bradenton.

With respect to the Civil War theme, the South Florida Museum’s curatorial and exhibit team will also be showcasing a selection of 19th Century objects from the Museum’s permanent collection. Items on display will include confederate money, a field amputation kit, Civil War period musket balls recovered from the local region, cameo photographs and a 1849 Springfield musket used by Northern troops.

Amazing underwater photography coming to South Florida Museum exhibit

Amazing underwater photography coming to South Florida Museum exhibit

Bradenton, Florida -- A traveling exhibition featuring more than 40 black and white photographs depicting Bruce Mozert’s innovative work will be showcased in “Silver Springs: The Underwater Photography of Bruce Mozert” in the South Florida Museum’s East Gallery, Oct. 21, 2011 - Jan. 15, 2012.

The exhibition is based on a book of the same title created by Gary Monroe and organized by a former curator of the Appleton Museum, Dr. Leslie Hammond. Access to the exhibition is included with general admission to the South Florida Museum.

After the Civil War, tourists flocked to Florida’s springs and marveled at the crystal-clear waters and aquatic life. However, the springs were in need of a new image to garner national media attention and revive central Florida’s tourism industry by the 1930s.

Bradenton named top small city for art

Bradenton named top small city for art

BRADENTON, Florida-- Bradenton has been named a top destination for art, according to a national magazine.

American Style magazine ranks the city #10 in its list of Top 25 small cities for art.

The publication look at each city's public arts and cultural amenities.

Last year, Bradenton ranked #22 in the poll.

Asheville, North Carolina is ranked first.

Planetarium adds new show to highlight NASA's shuttle program

Planetarium adds new show to highlight NASA's shuttle program

Bradenton, Florida -- As NASA completes the last minute preparations for the final mission of the space shuttle program, the South Florida Museum’s Bishop Planetarium Theater is pleased to announce the addition of a new show, “Space Shuttle: On the Wings of a Dream.”

The program, which entertains viewers with detailed information of the history of the shuttle program and scenes of space from astronauts’ point-of-view, is scheduled for its first viewing on Friday, July 8. Offered through Full Dome FX, a company specializing in full-dome productions and animations for planetariums, the show has debuted at a pivotal point in the history of space exploration having only become available in March 2011.

“Space Shuttle: On the Wings of a Dream" chronicles the history of aeronautics by allowing audiences to take a virtual trip through the storied Space Shuttle history and learn how it became an international icon for space travel. The show covers significant events and milestones from the shuttle program’s contributions to astronomy—from the first flight, devastating Challenger and Endeavor events, to the end of an era.