Patrick Walsh of WADA, plans for Wynwood’s future, and Friends of Wynwood



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Patrick Walsh started in the service industry, at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar as a server, eventually handled all of their social media marketing and music programing and would book concert venues for Bardot, the Electric Pickle, Grand Central and Vagabond. He is very involved in the neighborhood, and is excited to take on a more demanding role. He always liked doing events because he like to create situations that give a sense of community, whether it be around music or other social events.

Patrick met Jose Nava, the previous director of the Wynwood Art District Association, and they had similar backgrounds in architecture. Patrick was originally hired as the programing director of the Wynwood Art District Association, so he would handle the development of the “Friends of Wynwood” program, then Jose Nava stepped down, and Patrick is now the interim director of WADA.

The WADA organization itself has has so much potential to be positioned in a very strategic way for helping the community grow. He feels he is coming in at a very opportune time, now with the creation of the Business Improvement District, WADA’s focus is less burdened with sanitation and security, so now they get to focus on doing events and building and adding content to the neighborhood, “The one thing that were not short of is ideas, if played right, we can do a lot of really amazing things here” Says Walsh.

The Friends of Wynwood program will be the driving force behind those initiatives; it will be a membership program, you would be entitled to a membership of other art institutions such as the PAM or the New World Symphony or the Art Center, you will pay an annual fee and get certain benefits. Open to the public for an annual fee, you will recive different benefits and discounts from all of the participating business establishments, (15% off at the Butcher Shop, 20% off bagged coffees from Panther’s Coffee etc.) each place will have a different twist, members will have access to all of those discounts and also access to all the events they do.