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Touch mural, make sound: new Urban Conga project entices play

Murals are popping up all over the Tampa Bay region as part of the local urban scene. But one very special creation in Hyde Park Village may get even you to giggle. Touch the mural and see what happens!

Al fresco ballerinas in Trinidad, CO

Helping artists across the U.S. build capacity and community

Artspace started 30 years ago with a simple plan to develop more affordable housing for artists. Now they're taking a place-based consulting approach to help artists build capacity, raise funds and learn from each other -- on a wider scale than ever before.

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Meet a few chalk artists sketching images, portraits on urban sidewalks everywhere

Local art festivals often feature a special display by chalk artists or street painters who attract admirers young and old to see amazing creations flowing over cracks and concrete blemishes. 

Streetcar Live powered by Gasparilla Music Festival brought the Ries Brothers to the TECO Line "stage".

Gasparilla Music Festival expands influence year-round

The Gasparilla Music Festival takes place for one weekend in March in downtown Tampa, but its foundation’s ongoing, long-term commitment is to music exposure, education and enjoyment throughout the Tampa Bay region.

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.
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