Collection ASM0453 - Archives and History of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival

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Archives and History of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival


  • 1963-2012 (Creation)


8 Linear Feet

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In October, 1963, Charles Cinnamon, public relations director of the Coconut Grove Playhouse, organized a “Left Bank” art show to publicize the opening of Irma La Douce at the Playhouse. The art show was a success and shortly thereafter the Coconut Grove Association was formed to put on an annual art festival.

In the early days, the whole community got involved, and Festival activities included an antique car parade, coconut smashing contest, concerts, and a children’s art exhibit. The Chamber of Commerce and Grove House artists helped in putting on the festival.

This juried arts festival has repeatedly been selected as the top outdoor fine arts festival in the United States, displaying the work of artists from around the world and attracting families and connoisseurs alike.

The collection contains a variety of material including correspondence, newspaper clippings, publications, press releases, administrative files, photographs, ephemera and posters from the Coconut Grove Art Festival 1963 to 2012.

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Series I: Administrative Files

Correspondence, meeting minutes, coordinator’s reports, bylaws of Coconut Grove association, receipts, and day-by-day fact sheets.

Series II: Publicity

Newspapers and magazines, press releases, and graphic design (logos and advertisement mock-ups).

Series III: Ephemera

Letterheads, envelopes, show bills, entry permits, and programs.

Series IV: Audio, Visual, and Digital Formats

Photographs, slides, audio-visual and electronic materials, scrapbook, posters, and afestival blueprint.

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Collection is open for research.

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Items from this collection are kept on-campus and may be requested from the first floor Kislak Center in the Otto G. Richter Library at University of Miami.

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University of Miami does not own copyright. It is incumbent on the user to obtain copyright from the original creator.

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  • English

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