Storytelling is an art that the nonprofit Powerstories Theatre has perfected after more than 15 years in Tampa. But founder Fran Powers is ready for new challenges. She plans to stage five shows in cities across the country with a professional troupe of actors telling true stories about the lives of women.
St. Petersburg singer, songwriter and music entrepreneur Fran Snyder builds on the growing popularity of house concerts by launching something similar for the workplace. His new venture gives a whole new meaning to music while you work. Office Concerts pairs the traditional coffee break with a "short burst of live music from a world-class performer.''
Kindermint, a Tampa Bay-based online retailer of children's clothing, seeks to solve a pain point for working parents nationwide.
Tampa Bay healthcare providers increasingly engage artists -- musicians, painters, dancers, etc. -- to reduce stress and recovery time for patients and families (and medical talent) by transforming the healing experience.
In a league with Harvard, Yale, the University of Miami and other big name academic centers, USF Health leads the way in using art to teach future doctors, nurses, physical therapists and public health professionals how to sharpen their visual observation skills to become better healthcare providers.
Find out what's new and what's next in America's cities as featured in Issue Media Group's 22 publications reporting on the latest in urban talent, innovation, diversity and environment.
When Red Star Rock Bar opens with its own brand of classic rock, art and fashion, it will join a growing list of shops and dining choices staking a claim in Tampa's trendy Seminole Heights neighborhood.
The two-day Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa is seeking to lessen its impacts on the environment through carbon and waste reduction, including a free bicycle valet service and waste recycling and reuse.
"Tampa Bay Mobility: Mapping The Economics of Transit'' will be the focus of 83 Degrees Media's next "Not Your Average Speakers'' event March 12 at Nova 535 near downtown St. Petersburg. Join the conversation. Get engaged!
Just as the Penny For Pinellas effort years ago helped move the county forward in road construction and maintenance, advocates for a one cent sales tax increase see Greenlight Pinellas as part of the solution to the Tampa Bay region's traffic congestion.
A University of South Florida graduate student originally from Colombia creates a company that aims to help save both indigenous tribes and the environment.
Do The Local Motion, twice monthly walking tours of downtown Tampa, share stories from the city's rich history. A February walk honoring Black History Month explores Tampa's deep music roots, the genesis of one of the world's most well-known ministries and how the area played a role in desegregation and the social changes of the 1960s.
Ishmael Lopez and Java Royal, students at Hillsborough Community College, appreciate Latino and black men who serve as male role models so much that both already serve as mentors to pay it forward to the next generation.
The Intention Technology team from Tampa Bay is competing with other innovative international teams to design a portable wireless device that can transform the delivery of healthcare and win a $10 million prize.
Local entrepreneurs gather at Bootstrappers Breakfasts to exchange ideas, discuss business solutions and share stories about startups. A typical monthly meetup reflects the "who's who and what's what of Tampa Bay,'' says one attendee.
A Leadership Tampa participant sends out a Valentine's Day reminder that being able to better the community is often just a connection away.
Synergy created by a growing University of Tampa and expanding Tampa General Hosptial along with small shops and restaurants designed to serve urban residents as well as downtown workers is evident in the emerging North Hyde Park neighborhood.
In an age of budget cutting where Common Core standards seem to leave scraps for creativity, Pinellas County holds steadfast in its commitment to the arts. Thanks to a unique collaboration, the county's public school system has an exceptional way of immersing elementary students in art through its Art Mobile program.
When Marleen Geyen decided to make the big move from Minneapolis to Tampa, she went looking for an emerging urban neighborhood near downtown that she could help nurture along with her business.
Children flock to a new outdoor playspace under the Banyan Trees at the stately Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. The space is possible following a private donation aimed at creating a place where kids (and their parents) can take a break to re-energize while touring exhibits.
Entrepreneur Laura Sitkberg isn't one to sit still for long as she sets sail with her Anchored Style clothing line, designed for college students and young professionals.
St. Petersburg's re-emergence as a destination for tourists and urban dwellers of all ages is illustrated by the life and times of Barbara Lewis, a Baby Boomer professional now calling a cozy downtown condo home.
VIPSoftware, a Tampa Bay startup, evolves to find its niche in Florida's growing property and casualty insurance industry. Founder James Makris moved to Florida from Canada.
So you have a great idea but don't know how to make it or take it to market? Tampa Hackerspace encourages maker activities designed to nurture innovations and creations through collaborations and communications that might not otherwise take place.
Urban gardens sponsored by community groups, churches and neighborhoods have caught on like wildfire in St. Petersburg as local residents pursue the idea of sustainable agriculture, small urban farms and healthier eating.
The Learning Cottage uses Fusion Early Learning principles to create a preschool environment of fun that nurtures creative learning about basic life skills, the arts, traditional academics and respecting other people.
About 65 community-oriented residents are attending the City of Tampa's inaugural Neighborhood University, an innovative 12-week course envisioned by Mayor Bob Buckhorn as a hands-on experience designed to empower neighborhoods and mentor the next generation of leaders.
U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey is the latest visiting artist to stay at The Hermitage Artist Retreat near Englewood, in southern Sarasota County. The Hermitage attracts artists from around the globe to compete for the coveted Greenfield Prize.
CoderDojo, a free programming class for children ages 5-17, is described on its website as an "open-source, volunteer-led movement.'' The group was founded in Dublin, Ireland, in early 2011 and spread to Tampa in May 2013, settling into two Hillsborough County locations with two more in the works.
1,000 runners in a 5K race will get a sneak peek from atop the new I-4/Crosstown Connector on December 28 before the $425 million road and bridge project opens to traffic. The Connector is designed to divert truck traffic off local streets in downtown Tampa and Ybor City.
Tampa Bay area community colleges create special programs to attract baby boomers looking to reinvent themselves or change careers.
Santa and his elves are not the only ones working around the clock to prepare for a fantastic flight this holiday season. While the jolly fellow and his merry team of elves tinker away at the North Pole to prepare the famous flying sleigh for its annual whirl around the globe, a team of aviation specialists at Lakeland's Fantasy of Flight is hard at work preparing for another flight of historic proportions.
As we bid adieu to 2013 and get ready to welcome 2014, 83 Degrees Media wishes you and yours a peaceful respite around a bountiful table. Looking forward to next year and beyond. Happy Holidays!
A pilot preschool program being tested in Pinellas County aims to reinvent pre-K curriculum and culture to improve academic performance among children living in low-income families.
Renovation underway at the Homer Hesterly National Guard Armory on North Howard in West Tampa is jumpstarting economic development in the neighborhood by attracting additonal investors interested in situating their businesses near the planned Jewish Community Center.
Many may argue there is an art to cleanliness, but few probably think of the "art'' part in the same light as does Carrie Matteoli, a recent winner of an Awesome Tampa Bay grant awarded to support her artistic cleaning.
Ambrosia Global, a local startup with a worldly perspective on sustainable farming as the solution to the world food crisis, will soon expand its reach into local Tampa neighborhoods as well as to Haiti and beyond.
Parents at Robinson High School in South Tampa create a College and Career Center to help students navigate the sometimes daunting college application process.
Before acclaimed Blues Vocalist Shemekia Copeland and Rising Star Blues Guitarist Albert Castiglia rock your world on Saturday, a live auction will feature a little number by Sarasota-based Artist Mary GrandPre who enchanted an entire generation of readers with her iconic artwork bringing to life the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
Emmanuel Roux, a former restaurateur and farm kid from France now living in St. Petersburg, looks at the city's poorest neighborhoods and envisions an Urban Food Park that could grow healthy foods, teach preparation skills from farm to table and feed the hungry. His longtime dream is getting closer to reality.
83 Degrees invites readers to revisit and share favorite features published over the last four years as we celebrate our 4th anniversary and ask our readers to tell us what you would like to read about in future stories.
A Tactical Urbanism Workshop in Tampa focuses on small actions that can lead to big changes in neighborhoods and communities. Parklets, Guerilla Gardening, Pavement-to-Plazas or street intersection repair are some examples of Tactical Urbanism being applied locally and in many cities.
Business leaders, military personnel and members of the larger community make connections, get advice and share their workforce transition stories as part the latest 83 Degrees Media "Not Your Average Speakers'' series in Tampa.
New collaborations among traditional entities aren't always easy nor are they readily embraced by traditionalists more comfortable with the status quo. But the Tampa Bay region's newly thriving arts communities are beginning to recognize the "c'' word as the smartest and quickest path to a prosperous future for individual institutions as well as for the local economy.
Once the province of sculptors, public art has evolved into an essential element of urban placemaking and social engagement. From murals on vacant buildings to art in laundromats to edible art installations that are as mouthwatering as they are aesthetically pleasing, we take a look at how public art is transforming our cities.
Launching a business anywhere brings challenges but perhaps nowhere more so than in some of the more suburban or rural communities outside the reach of connections and collaborations cities can offer. That's why Dade City, a small town in Pasco County north of Tampa, created a new business incubator program called SMARTstart.
Celebrating the Tampa Bay region's locavore movement, the Sustany Foundation teams up with local farms and restaurants, food trucks, breweries, wineries and spirits companies to present a tastebud-tantalizing Sustainable Buzz Fest on November 7 at the Straz Center.
Kelly Lessem's small home-based business grows into a full-time operation with the opening of Squeeze Juice Works, a trendy new St. Pete juice bar that she operates with co-owner Amy Losoya, former manager of the popular downtown Tampa Fly Bar and Restaurant.
Encore! Tampa, a growing planned community just north of downtown designed to attract young professionals as well as families and the elderly, is a role model for sustainability and green living.
A Sister City relationship with Porto Alegre begins with a Tampa group's visit to Brazil. Key to its success will be what follows over time in terms of business and community connections.
A Tampa startup entered the national spotlight in October with the public launch of EXMO, which aims to help events become more social.
Tampa teacher and entrepreneur Hope Donnelly's vision for Tampa Heights is to breathe more creativity and life into the neighborhood, including historic buildings like the Rialto Theatre.
Five public high school students from Manatee County will represent the United States at the 9th annual F1 in Schools World Championship Competition in Austin, Texas, November 9-15. The Allegiance Racing Team qualified by winning the national championship in May.
MacDill Air Force Base Commander Col. Scott V. DeThomas joins a panel of 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' to talk about the opportunities and challenges facing the community and veterans as they transition into civilian life.
Central Florida is the center of the nation's tropical fish farming universe and Mike Drawdy, a third-generation producer, aims to use technology to reclaim the local industry's place on the world stage. Fancy fish, it turns out, swim spectacularly through cyberspace.
Tampa Chefs Lori Staczewicz of the Mermaid Tavern and Chad McColgm of Domani Bistro Lounge bring out the knives in a friendly Chef-Off similar to the Food Network's "Chopped'' at the Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market.
TEDx events return to St. Petersburg and Sarasota in October with thought-provoking talks by some of the Tampa Bay region's most creative and deepest thinkers.
Black & Denim Apparel Company, a Tampa-born small business with national reach, sees its flagship store on historic Seventh Avenue in Ybor City as just the beginning.
Fashion models often appear younger than they are, but fashion designers rarely seem older than they are. Meet Amber and Allie, twin 17-year-old sisters from Wesley Chapel who design clothing reflecting talent and experience beyond their years.
Across America, creative reuse organizations are popping up to "upcycle" and sell stuff that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Artisans and artists are, in turn, turning this would-be detritus into artworks and products.
"Not Your Average Speakers'' and an engaged audience of people invested both personally and professionally in downtown Tampa gather at Encore! to consider what more is needed to create a more vibrant city.
The BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit is expected to attract international filmmakers, researchers, scientists, industry leaders, celebrities and academics from around the globe to the Tampa Bay region in November 2014.
The Sarasota Swappers leave their wallets at home as they gather monthly to share homemade products and goodies that require an investment of special skills, time and energy to produce and can't be found on store shelves.
Friends and supporters credit Nadine Smith's collaborative, dependable and unflappable leadership for Equality Florida's victories in convincing local governments to embrace domestic partnership registries and equal rights for gays.
Visitors to the Tampa Bay History Center will get a chance to see mapmakers' perspectives of Florida through time and use their own imaginations to envision the future in "Charting the Land of Flowers,'' a special exhibition featuring a Tampa man's decades-long determination to collect maps of his home state.
USF Health's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) moves forward with its first international expansion into Panama.
The merger of music and technology doesn't get any better than what comes naturally to DJ Ravi Drums, an international star who got his start in Tampa. He returns home to perform at TiECon Florida 2013 in Safety Harbor.
Florida schools are finding creative, new opportunities to implement and promote STEM-related classes in public schools. Pinellas County, for instance, teamed up this past summer with Duke University's TIP (Talent Identification Program) to offer summer camp for their best and brightest students to explore advanced science, technology, engineering and math.
TiECon and Bar/Code Camp Florida bookend the inaugural Tampa Bay Tech Week, which brings entrepreneurs, startup founders and tech enthusiasts together for educational and motivational events in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Hillsborough County Commissioners set aside $2 million to help nurture Tampa's fast-growing startup community. Where's the money going?
Tampa Free Skool isn't easy to describe for the uninitiated. Think of it as a more organic, more free-spirited learning experience designed to share knowledge and engage conversation around everything from neo-Tantric fire rituals to storytelling to French language classes.
The growing Warehouse Arts District in St. Petersburg is a terrific place to find art made by local artists, including unique hot glass and clay pieces seen on this video by ES Creative.
New restaurants, apartments and business relocations are attracting new investments in downtown Tampa that contribute to what's becoming an increasingly vibrant urban scene. And more developments are in the works. Join "Not Your Average Speakers'' for a community conversation about what's new and what's next.
Step aside Hollywood and Bollywood. The Theatre Tampa Bay Awards will take center stage at a black tie Tony-style event in October to honor Tampa Bay's wealth of theatre talent.
Two Tampa residents who won a Twitter contest to gain early access to Google Glass are now exploring the beta program and Tampa Bay #throughglass.
Entrepreneur Stefan Cerf created the Tropiccool brand of ice-cold sorbets and pops in Tampa Bay after spending summers in France learning the tricks of the trade at a popular ice cream shop.
Steel can be a cold and unforgiving metal. Yet when treated with warm hands, a little technique and undying-passion, the iron alloy becomes an eye-catching work of art. For a little over a decade, a local Tampa business has been molding those transformations.
The largest elevated adventure course in southwest Florida, TreeUmph features adrenaline-pumping obstacles and a unique birds-eye view of the 14 acres below.
Former CNN News Group Anchor Patti Tripathi is poised to lead a new professional organization for women entrepreneurs in the Tampa Bay region.
Tampa and St. Petersburg are among cities nationwide hopping on the trend toward providing "smart'' bicycles for sharing in urban neighborhoods.
The StartupBus, a "hackathon on wheels," grows roots to Tampa Bay as local digital strategist Mitch Neff is appointed Global Director.
The opening of High Cotton Living on Snow Avenue in Hyde Park Village is the realization of a decade-long dream for one Tampa family and another success story in the Village's re-emergence as a destination shopping center.
St. Petersburg entrepreneur and arts champion Anne Marie Cash streams Rhino On Air from the city's historic Kress Building. Through the innovative online radio station, Cash shares information about the city's arts initiatives to a global audience.
Creative placemaking is shaping the future for cities across the nation as innovators and investors help jumpstart once-neglected neighborhoods. Denver, Toronto, Detroit, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Minneapolis-St. Paul are among cities seeing positive results.
Along the meandering Hillsborough River near the Bird Street exit off of Interstate 275 thrives an oasis of education, creativity and progress in the middle of a Tampa neighborhood that most often gets attention only when things go wrong.
A new social change movement in Tampa Bay looks at revitalizing the way people approach retirement, producing a reservoir of talent to create businesses and solve problems.
Demand for shared work spaces in the Tampa Bay region is on the rise as entrepreneurs, startups and students join the nation's growing coworking movement.
St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster announces the newly revamped Business Assistance Center, which will offer local small businesses access to entrepreneurial resources "to help business grow.''
Young professionals working within the advertising industry in Tampa Bay pool passion and energy to volunteer free services that make a difference for marketing a local nonprofit each year.
The scraping staccato of battered skateboards may cause a slight distraction from the rich history that surrounds Bradenton's Riverwalk, but thanks to the efforts of local teens, artists and historians, Manatee County history comes to life in a series of informative public art panels that line the Riverwalk.
Jessica Glover, owner of Jet City Espresso in Hyde Park, has molded her business so that it reflects her own values as well as her positive, welcoming nature.
Kids take to the stage at St. Pete's Music Factory to find their own rhythms by reading music, creating songs, writing lyrics and forming bands to pursue dreams of becoming rock 'n' roll stars.
Like father, like son. Chef Tony Macaroni of St. Pete credits his Italian father for teaching him the fine art of making fresh mozzarella. Watch him at work and listen to his story in a photo slideshow by Julie Branaman.
About 92 percent of graduates of Hillsborough Community College's veterinary technology program find jobs within a year of graduation, joining one of the nation's fastest-growing career fields.
Central Florida Is Ground Zero in the war against citrus greening, where the battle extends from historic groves to university laboratories, hi-tech strategies and the newest innovatons in crop research.
Jobs, transit and pedestrian friendly streets are top of mind as four young professionals open a dialogue with traditional business leaders about changing the narrative and shaping the future for Tampa.
The clock is ticking as an insidious microbe lays waste to Florida's citrus groves, making the entire peninsula an experimental field trial for strategies that researchers hope will fend off the extinction of a crop that contributes billions of dollars and more than 75,000 jobs to the state's economy.
From gardens to the Gulf, the locavore movement is beginning to thrive in Tampa Bay and across Florida with pioneers like Steve Phelps and Katie and Emilio Sosa at the helm.
Proponents believe repeal of the ban on Gay Pride events helps champion the Tampa Bay region's global diversity as a welcoming environment for all people, including members of LGBT communities.
Community Tampa Bay's ANYTOWN experience engages another round of high school delegates and volunteers this summer, igniting the spirits of new social justice allies, while managing to entice the old.
Tampa and St. Petersburg are part of a growing national trend of cool cities embracing a bicycling culture that provides alternative transportation while encouraging robust exercise and healthy living.
The local Green ARTery project is looking to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in Tampa by implementing a perimeter trail connecting 20 local neighborhoods and greenspaces.
Jodi Bell not only fulfills her dreams, but learns valuable life skills while pursuing a college degree.
TiE Tampa Bay's community activities are designed to ensure success for startups by fostering a collaborative network of entrepreneurs, effective investments and the sharing of knowledge.
Erin Chantry, an urban planner in Tampa, writes about her impressions and take-aways -- including the biggest surprise -- from the May 16 "Not Your Average Speakers'' event hosted by 83 Degrees Media at MOSI Tampa.
Drummer Steve Turner has just one rule when he works with Pinellas County's special needs children and non-musicians to form drum circles: If you don't drum, you gotta dance. The fun that ensues becomes infectious. Relationships blossom. And no one leaves without a smile.
The designers of the Center For Building Hope at Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota created a place where cancer patients and their families find peace and sustenance in surroundings influenced by nature.
Equity crowdfunding is increasingly popular in funding new startups and philanthropic efforts, but there are also risks. In this opinion piece, local attorneys Richard B. Hadlow and Peter S. Lawler weigh in on the concept.
Artist Philip Pearlstein of New York City talks about how he selects models for his famous nudes and other creative works on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.
MediFuture 2023 in Tampa will focus on rethinking how traditional healthcare is delivered to create new models for patient care.
M2Gen, Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Instit