What began in 1963 as an intimate â€œclothes lineâ€ art show featuring a handful of artists and a few thousand onlookers as part of a promotion for the Coconut Grove Playhouseâ€™s production of Irma la Douce has transformed itself into South Floridaâ€™s most successful arts festival. Today,Â Coconut Grove Arts Festival attracts an estimated 120,000 people to the winding streets of Coconut Grove during Presidentâ€™s Day weekend. Â Produced by the Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association, Inc., a non-profit community organization under the direction of a board of directors and full-time staff, the Coconut Grove Arts FestivalÂ® showcases the works of 360 internationally recognized artists who are selected from nearly 1,300 applicants. Jurors evaluate the artistâ€™s work and displays to select participants in such categories as mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking & drawing, watercolor, claywork, glass, fiber, jewelry & metalwork, sculpture and wood. Proceeds help fund year-round arts programs benefitting a scholarship fund that will create opportunities for Miami-Dade Countyâ€™s talented students to continue their art education. Since its inception in 1963, the association has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to students who attend fine arts programs in local schools. Â The Association also maintains the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery and the Hunter Gallery which present special exhibitions throughout the year from its location at Mayfair in the Grove.Â Admission to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival is $15 per person per day. Children 12 and under, Metrorail Golden Passport and Patriot Passport holders are free. TheÂ Coconut Grove Arts Festival Artist Dinner will take place on Sunday, February 16th, at Shake-A-Leg Miami, and tickets are $35.