co-founder: Grace M. Castro
Held in November of 2011, ARBOLEDA united fans of chic retro vintage and all things handmade. Created in response to a thriving handmade crafts culture that has proven popular in many metropolitan cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, ARBOLEDA added Miami to the list.
The Fest introduced the South Florida’s talent who make up a nationwide collective of 115,000 designers, artists, and crafters, contributing to the $29.2 billion U.S. craft & hobby industry. These artisans, who are also a part of an increasingly entrepreneurial Do-It-Yourself (D.I.Y.) culture, showcased their creative talents through unique handmade crafts and eye for vintage finds.
Hosted outdoors in the heart of Miami's Design District, ARBOLEDA was the first large scale market place of its kind in Miami to offer the community and its residents with a culturally creative and artistically eclectic experience; complete with music, live art performances, D.I.Y. workshops, craft activities for kids, gourmet food trucks and an overall backdrop for creative exchange.
A portion of the proceeds benefited the ARTOCONECTO KIDSART program.