Coconut Grove Arts Festival makes a colorful splash (includes video story)

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. The selection process was more rigorous than previous years, as only 285 out of 1100 applicants worldwide were chosen to participate.

Samantha Ferrer and her sister Sarah, former students of New World School of the Arts, emphasize the significance of their participation.

“We used to be high school students… so coming back as full-fledged artists means the world to us,” said Samantha.

Established in 1963 by the late Charlie Simonin, the festival now attracts over 100,000 attendees annually. Visitors can enjoy various attractions including food vendors, beverages, music and diverse artworks.

“I love it, it’s definitely not what I expected,” said Diego Urena, a guest. “There’s all kinds of art.”

Virginia Tijerino is a Latina Junior majoring in Communications with a specific focus on journalism, accompanied by a minor in education. As a passionate bilingual student, she finds joy in writing and reporting stories on social events and about her community. She holds a strong passion for writing and aspires to pursue a career as a reporter.