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ArtsXchange: St. Pete creates affordable artist work spaces

The ArtsXchange in downtown St. Petersburg is designed to keep artists and cultural creatives in the neighborhood even as growth and additional investments in property encourage higher land prices and more expensive costs of living.

Kara Cox

What cities are doing to keep housing affordable for artists

Key to building affordable housing for artists is educating public policy makers about the role of the artist in urban vitality.

Instruments of Change.

For Good: Instruments of Change helps kids thrive

Putting a musical instrument in a child's hands and teaching him or her to play it proves the right formula to keep struggling kids in Tampa Bay Area schools and help them thrive in academics, local nonprofit Instruments of Change demonstrates.

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Poynter Institute shares space with innovative St. Pete entrepreneurs

The Poynter Institute, a globally recognized leader in journalism education, opens its downtown St. Petersburg doors and leases space to a bevy of local startups in need of a place to call home. 

Swift of Major League Hacking and Matthias Elliott work during Project34 Hackathon at The Dali Muesum.

Hackathon presents a technically surreal night at The Dali

In an unprecedented night enmeshed in the Fibonacci Sequence at the Tampa Bay region's most famous museum, The Dalí invites hackers into its surreal space to create practical solutions that enhance visitor experiences. 

XO Maitake Mushrooms dish.

3 culinary trendsetters dish about Tampa Bay area food scene

The Tampa Bay area’s reputation as a homebase for forward-thinking foodies is on the rise as more and more edgy, innovative chefs relocate here and help elevate the local food scene. 83 Degrees sits down with three chefs who are doing just that.

Baobab Tree Gallery & Studio. - Julie Branaman

Village of the Arts creates sense of place in Bradenton

Bradenton's Village of the Arts aims to attract more creatives and investors to the downtown neighborhood as part of a new visioning process designed to shape the city's future through placemaking.

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Tampa Bay area companies explore connections with Colombian businesses

Local Tampa Bay area businesses continue efforts to increase trade between Florida and Colombia three years after the Tampa-Hillsborough EDC led a group of community leaders to several cities in South America.

Nicole Petrachi, 7, makes minature sculptures at the Morean.

Full STEAM ahead for Tampa Bay area summer camps

Parents looking for summer camps for kids out of necessity and/or, frankly, to maintain a modicum of sanity at home increasingly choose STEAM options in the Tampa Bay area. Quality choices abound and demonstrate proven benefits.

One of the festive meeting rooms at VACO.

Cool office spaces redefine what it means to go to work in Tampa, St. Pete

The Tampa Bay region is home to some of the coolest, anything-but-ordinary work spaces that especially appeal to creatives and techies.

Daniel Stein is founder of CAFE Charity Awareness  Fair & Expo.

For Good: Charity Awareness connects volunteers, nonprofits

How to match youthful volunteers with charities that need helpers? The CAFE in Tampa aims to do just that by bringing nonprofits together in a fair and expo where students can visit and find a good fit for their passions and talents.

Nikiko Masumoto

5 ways to support artists in your community

Artists are in every community and their work is more relevant than ever. Yet if communities are going to realize the full potential of artists’ power to contribute to positive change, they need to sustain and support them. Creative Exchange offers tools and resources that can help. 

Teacher Beth Calcaterra and a student discuss the anatomy of a worm found in the school garden.

Charter schools synonymous with alternative education in the Tampa Bay area

With 10 charter school-related bills under consideration in the 2015 Florida Legislature, parents, educators and lawmakers are paying more attention than ever to non-traditional learning programs for kids. 83 Degrees takes a closer look at some of the Tampa Bay area charter schools that are approaching education a little differently. 

Broadstone Hyde Park Apartment.

Platt Street paves way for what's next in South Tampa

South Tampa’s Platt Street in the Courier City neighborhood is springing back to life in 2015 with new retail, restaurants, residences and bike-friendly roadways.

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For Good: Helping people take STEPS for Success

What STEPS do people need to take to work their way out of poverty? Sustainability, training, education, planning and support. Providing such services is the mission behind UACDC, a very special nonprofit helping Hillsborough County residents achieve success. 
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