What is the skinny on FAT Village?
Located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale in the Flagler Village warehouse district is FAT Village (Flagler Arts and Technology); an up and coming hub booming with local creativity. As the home to some of Broward’s top filmmakers, photographers, artists, designers, urban planners and web developers, FAT Village is paving the way to becoming the Wynwood of Fort Lauderdale.
Doug McCraw the Founder calls FAT Village “a synthesis of talent and collaboration; it is a community.” As he speaks on the somewhat recent developments between Andrews Avenue and the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, a unique addition to improvement efforts in the downtown area. “It germinated from a wild idea years ago and it’s been quite an odyssey. Very exciting things happening here.”
In February of 2003 the gallery walks first started in this artsy area of downtown, but it wasn’t until Spring of 2008 that the FAT Village ArtWalk really took off.
The event was initially held quarterly but the demand grew, as did the supply of artists so currently it is held on the last Saturday of every month. Much credit goes to the extremely talented FAT Village curators Peter Symons and Leah Brown.
There are many perks to FAT Village; an artistic façade, great eats, community happenings, local businesses, plentiful free and easy accessible street parking. McCraw isn’t settling with the community’s small yet fast growing companies and the successful co-work spaces, he says the goal is to actually develop more space and continue building to grow FAT Village.