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Derenz Thomas, 10, creates a guitar sculpture during Amanda Fleischbein's art class at Academy Prep Center of Tampa.

Making doodads: Creative sculpture competition engages serious thought, learning

Local kids and teens are gaining a hands-on experience in critical thinking and problem solving through a unique sculpture competition open to all Hillsborough County students.

Artspace's Mount Baker Lofts

Is affordable artist live/work housing the new normal?

Since Artspace pioneered affordable artist live/work housing in the 1990s, disrupting the SoHo Effect in communities across the U.S., demand for such projects has grown. Which begs the question: Is affordable artist live/work housing becoming the new normal?

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Food + Art cookbook features local cooks, chefs, arts in Tampa, St. Pete

A colorful new cookbook, Food + Art, highlights a Tampa Bay that is filled with flavor and fine art, a place where Monet and Mango sorbet coexist. The volume showcases artistic highlights at St. Petersburg’s Museum of Fine Arts and the culinary favorites of 100 local chefs, both home-taught and professional. 

Bizou Brasserie at Le Meridian.

The gift of experiences: The present of your presence

Gift giving has never been easier -- gift cards are almost universally acceptable, and consumables are always well-received. For this guide to holiday presents, however, 83 Degrees highlights something more local, more hands-on, and perhaps more meaningful: The gift of experiences. The present of your presence.

Cleanse Apothecary in Seminole Heights.

Made in Tampa Bay: The 83 Degrees guide to shopping local

In this special ‘handmade holiday gift guide,’ 83 Degrees turns an eye toward what’s unique, what’s original and what’s locally crafted by makers in the Tampa Bay area. Candles, confectionaries and ceramics are just a few of the handmade items available in shops and markets located in Tampa or St. Petersburg this holiday season.

Grand Central District, St Pete.

Look who's emerging now: Visit 3 Florida Main Street projects in St. Petersburg

The Edge District, Deuces Live Main Street and Grand Central District in St. Petersburg are good examples of what can happen when grassroots activists and city governments work together to turn formerly run-down neighborhoods into up and coming Florida Main Streets.

African Mahogany mortar & pestles and handcarved bowls.

For Good: African fair-trade marketplace benefits Lutz couple's mission

Fair Trade Marketplace and Festival in north Tampa benefits One City Ministries, a nonprofit organization that's building the Light Village in Uganda as a self-sustaining model community, including a school, church, orphanage and tilapia farm.

The Florida Orchestra opens the 2015 season at The Straz.

Turnaround story: Florida Orchestra changes up concerts, music

Music as a healing mechanism. Music in the park. Music enjoyed by Classical Kids. The Florida Orchestra undergoes a transformation in performances and venues that is expanding the audience and growing its endowment.

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Tampa Bay area college students learn global social entrepreneurship in Guatemala

Graduate students enrolled in the MBA program at USFSP take a trip of a lifetime to a small village in Guatemala, where they work with local women’s weaving co-ops, using marketing 101 techniques to help boost sales.

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Artists can be the "connective tissue" of a neighborhood -- but first they need a place to live

How affordable live/work housing for artists can reinvigorate neighborhoods and bring members of diverse communities together.

Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2015 Pure Haus Trunk Show.

Front row at Tampa Bay Fashion Week: PURE Haus pop-up shop puts focus on designers

Designer fashions fill up the front row at Tampa Bay Fashion Week as a trunk show pop-up shop format replaces conventional runway catwalks and fashion designers from around the country connect with local creators to display garments and accessories.

Libya Pugh leads the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival Auditions Workshop at The Straz.

Playwrights, performers stage new experiences at Tampa Theatre Festival

The second annual Tampa Bay Theatre Festival set the stage for the Tampa-St. Petersburg area as a theater community with top quality actors, playwrights and performing venues.

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Taste of Florida wows national food critics

Over the years, members of the national Association of Food Journalists have feasted their way through Seattle, New York, Boston, San Francisco, San Juan — and now the Tampa Bay region’s emerging food and drink scene. 

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Meet 3 artists leaving their mark on the Tampa improv scene

Tampa Bay's improv community has come a long way in recent years. Three local teachers and performers open up about the area's thriving improv comedy scene, including ways for you to plug in.

Sarah Thee Campagna of CyberCraft Robots is an Exquisite Corpse contributing artist.

St. Petersburg arts community kicks off international Exquisite Corpse game

Thirty local artists are taking an old-fashioned parlor game called Exquisite Corpse and turning it into a first-of-its-kind 3D art form. The game officially kicked off in August and will be formally unveiled to the public in November.
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