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Filmmaking in Tampa Bay Area ekes out a living

Despite agreeable weather year-round, a broad pool of talent and a multitude of diverse settings, securing funding for local filmmaking remains a tricky proposition.

The centerpiece of the History Center's new gallery is a replica of an 18th century sloop.

Creative Arts Unlimited: Pinellas company brings history to life with design, technology

There’s a revolution underway in museum exhibit design. It’s no longer enough to simply display artifacts. Instead, museums are engaging creative teams to design immersive, interactive experiences like those visitors can find at the Tampa Bay History Center.

The Gulf by Jack E. Davis

Book excerpt: The Gulf by Pulitzer Prize winner Jack E. Davis

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize in History was awarded in April to University of Florida History Professor Jack E. Davis for his nonfiction book “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.” Read an excerpt.

Donald Morrill, author of Beaut

Book excerpt: BEAUT by Don Morrill of Tampa

University of Tampa creative writing Instructor Donald Morrill won the 2017 Lee Smith Novel prize for BEAUT, his story of Jill Lundgrove, the unforgettable protagonist of Beaut. Read an excerpt.

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St. Pete's newest arts gem: James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art

Where can you find one of the top collections of Western art in the world? Would you believe downtown St. Petersburg FL? Learn more about the Tampa Bay Area's newest museum.

Mike Owen and Donna Glann-Smyth marry near a ghost orchid-bearing tree in the Fakahatchee Preserve State Park.

Book excerpt: Son of Real Florida by Jeff Klinkenberg

“HOO-TEEHOO!” If you hear that call, you'll know it's time to gather round for A Swamp Wedding as told by a Son of Real Florida. Read more.

Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates & Shipwrecks exhibit

Pirates, shipwrecks and maps await visitors to expanded Tampa Bay History Center

Tampa prepares to set sail on a journey with pirates through shipwrecks and an extensive Florida map collection as the Tampa Bay History Center opens a brand new permanent exhibit.

The dedication scene on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.

Dedication of USCGC/USS Tampa Memorial

“Few words carry as much weight in the annals of Coast Guard history as the word TAMPA.’’ -- The U.S. Coast Guard. Learn more about why that is true. 

Students learn about agriculture via large scale art at Greco Middle School.

Agriculture, art merge in middle school mural project

A grant from the NHL and the National Dairy Council help fuel creativity and healthy environment for kids, teens at a Temple Terrace middle school.

Lauren, Hudson, and Bryan Durkin pick up a popsicle at Duckweed Urban Market in downtown Tampa.

Downtown Dwellers: Raising urban kids in Tampa

For Downtown Tampa families with young children, the neighborhood isn’t an urban jungle. It’s an urban jungle gym.

Water fountains in Tampa Theatre are works of art.

Urban Stimuli: A peek inside restoration of Tampa Theatre

Cherished landmark Tampa Theatre completes one phase of major restoration thanks to a collaborative and multiparty commitment to preservation.

Architect Paul Westlake

Q&A: Principal Architect Paul Westlake, Tampa Theatre restoration

If money was unlimited, what would the architect leading the restoration of Tampa Theatre propose doing? Learn more in an exclusive Q&A with 83 Degrees.

Ybor 3-D mural in progress.

European 3D street artist brings painted illusions to Ybor in Tampa

Leon Keer's 3D mural created in Ybor City uses light-heartedness as a way to cut thought-provoking and biting social commentary.

Charles Gallagher paints his first mural outside Cafe Hey and Oceanic Restaurant Equipment.

Heights Walls take public art in Tampa to new heights

Creative placemaking at work: Heights Walls aims to turn blank buildings into artworks reflecting community, creating civic pride, enhancing sense of place. 

- Photo Courtesy of Susan Gott.

Looking for a unique holiday gift? Give a shared experience

Meet a few makers and maker spaces where you can find something special for the holidays or take a family member or friend for the gift of shared experiences.
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