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Historic Kenwood Artist

Historic Kenwood, one of the oldest neighborhoods in St. Petersburg, is distinguished by its unique bungalows and Craftsman-style homes, some dating from the early 1900’s. Because of Historic Kenwood’s high concentration of artists of all types, the City Council sought to promote the arts and artists by declaring the neighborhood an “Artist Enclave.” This status enables artists of the neighborhood to teach classes and sell artwork from their homes.

Artists of Historic Kenwood would like to extend their gratitude to our Titanium level sponsor Jim Longstreth (jimsellsstpete.com).

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St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk on August 12, 2017

Cool Art for a Hot Summer Night!

AUGUST IS SHOP LOCAL with KEEP ST PETE LOCAL  

The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk.

Now’s the time to enjoy a balmy evening, take advantage of more daylight hours and explore St. Petersburg’s five exciting arts districts!  Open the door of a gallery you’ve never visited before, or try our free trolleys and a whole new neighborhood.

Join us as 40 artists’ studios and galleries open their doors on Saturday, August 12 from 5-9 p.m.  It’s a wonderful time to see old friends and make new ones as you enjoy our vibrant arts community.

It’s impossible to take in the entire ArtWalk in one night!  If you don’t wish to ride the trolley, free parking can be found on 1st Ave N and 1st Ave S from 15th St. to 30th St., The Clay Center of St. Petersburg, MGA Studios and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum

Download the map and list of participants to plan your festive art evening at www.stpeteartsalliance.org.


REGIONAL ARTS SUMMIT  Friday, July 21, 2017, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

MAXIMIZING THE ARTS ECONOMIC IMPACT FOR PINELLAS COUNTY

After a year-long county-wide arts and culture economic impact study, the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and Creative Pinellas will announce the outcomes at the Regional Arts Summit – Maximizing the Arts Economic Impact for Pinellas County.  They will be joined by the Clearwater Arts Alliance, North Pinellas Cultural Alliance, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts.  It is the first countywide collaboration among the five arts agencies serving the creative community with information, resources, and ideas.

The summit will feature Keynote Speaker, Randy Cohen, VP of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts. Featured Luncheon Guest Speakers are Sandy Saughnessy, Dir. of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and Lauren Davenport, Founder and CEO at The Symphony Agency

Countywide civic and elected leaders will speak on panels about the economic impact and how the arts contribute to our economy.
COUNTY ARTS GROWTH – LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION:

  • Ken Welch, Pinellas County Commissioner (invited)
  • Karen Seel, Pinellas County Commissioner
  • Jack Latvala, Florida Senate, District 16 (invited)

PINELLAS COUNTY RESOURCES FOR ARTS & CULTURE:

  • Jessica Eilermann, Small Business Liaison & Mayor’s Maker Liaison, Office of the Mayor & Manager, The Greenhouse
  • Bob Ironsmith, Housing & Economic Development Dir., Dunedin
  • Doreen Caudell, CGC / Owner, D-Mar General Contracting & Development Inc. and Councilmember, City of Clearwater

MEET THE SPONSORS:

  • Moderator – Karen Eber Davis, Pres., Karen Eber Davis Consulting
  • Michelle Cyr, AARP Florida Associate State Director for Advocacy & Community Outreach in Tampa Bay
  • Jeff Baker, Duke Energy, Government & Community Relations Manager
  • Ann Shaler, Sr. VP Enterprise Business & Community Engagement, Bank of America

MEET THE GRANT MAKERS:

  • Moderator – Karen Eber Davis, Pres., Karen Eber Davis Consulting
  • Duggan Cooley, Exec. Dir., Pinellas Community Foundation
  • Michael Killoren, Exec. Dir., Morean Arts Center
  • Curtis Young, Arts Consultant, Florida Divison of Cultural Affairs

WHERE:    EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College, 13805 58th St. N., Clearwater
WHEN:    Friday, July 21, 2017, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
PRESENTERS:    St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, Creative Pinellas, Clearwater Arts Alliance, North Pinellas Cultural Alliance, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts
COST:    $25 per person, includes lunch
Space is limited.  Conference registration and further details HERE

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is the umbrella organization serving the arts and cultural community: advocating for the arts; facilitating the growth of the arts community; and driving arts-related economic development in St. Petersburg.


St. Petersburg Arts Alliance Announces Sponsorship Funding for SHINE Accessible Mural Tours

St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the development of the SHINE Accessible Mural Tours Project, making SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival’s outdoor canvases accessible to all, regardless of ability or disability, through computer and mobile device-accessed tours.  This may be the only such program in the U.S. and it is sponsored by AARP.

The age-friendly, self-guided virtual tours will be created to view St. Petersburg murals from the comfort of a home computer or with a hand-held device in their cars, walking on the sidewalks or even riding a bicycle.  The virtual tours will be accessed from the SPAA website.

“AARP has been working hard to engage local partners on its age-friendly initiative designed to help make communities a better place to live for people of all ages and abilities,” said Michelle Cyr, AARP Tampa Bay Field Coordinator. “This project supports that concept by making it easier for everyone, no matter where they live or what limitations they might have, to enjoy St. Petersburg’s vibrant network of arts and culture.”

A narrated audio description of the piece, information about the work and artist background will be available for each mural.  A printed brochure with a downloadable map will also be made available to the public.  The map will feature 40 murals, including two commissioned by AARP Tampa Bay. The brochure will indicate designated handicap parking near the murals, and icons indicating barriers for safe mobility for those with canes, walkers, scooters, wheelchairs, and strollers.

We expect the launch of the SHINE Accessible Mural Tours project will coincide with this year’s SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival, October 4-14, 2017.