Traveling Community Art Project
An Interactive Shared Art Experience
The spirit of this project is to foster community through a county-wide traveling art experience by transforming and activating public places. By bringing interactive art to the community, we encourage our residents to have a personal experience with the art. In doing so, we aspire to create a legacy of communal participation and ownership across Pinellas County.
In 2017, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners set aside $500,000 in BP settlement funds for an innovative, traveling public art project. Creative Pinellas will manage this process from start to finish, bringing this unique and engaging project to communities throughout the entirety of Pinellas County, generating discussion on the role the arts play in our daily lives and cementing the County’s legacy as an arts and culture destination.
Creative Pinellas pulled from Tampa Bay arts educators, artists, community builders, and business influencers to create our panel. This panel will act not only as a jury to help us select the best artist for this project, but they will also act as stewards to push this project forward and help us build momentum and enthusiasm within the larger Pinellas community.
By late spring, we will open up our Call to Artists to all Pinellas County artists who wish to participate in this exciting artistic vision.
Six confirmed locations: Oldsmar, new Clearwater East Public Library, Largo Central Park Performing Arts Center, Pier 60 Park, Josiah Cephus Weaver Park, and Pinellas Hope.
ALLISON CASPER ADAMS
Allison Casper Adams is a founder and director of Tampa’s Oxford Exchange as well as a third-generation McDonalds franchisee, operating 54 branches in the Tampa Bay area.
Sarah Howard serves as the Curator of Public Art and Social Practice at the University of South Florida’s Institute for Research in Art.
Mark Ormond is an independent curator, author, lecturer and consultant and has held positions at the The Ringling Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Fanni Green is an artist-activist and a Performance faculty member at USF, teaching acting, improv, voice/speech, and accent/dialect. She has directed a number of productions for the School of Theatre and Dance, as well as shows that have performed internationally.
Ken Rollins has been the Executive Director of four Florida art museums and currently serves as a member of the Creative Pinellas Board of Directors.
Ryan Swanson is the founder and director of the Urban Conga, an award winning design firm promoting community activity and social interaction through play.
Jessica McCormick, Public Art Project Coordinator
As the Public Art Project Coordinator for Creative Pinellas, Jessica will oversee this project over the course of its exhibition throughout Pinellas County. She will work closely with the project artist to ensure that all aspects of the project are fulfilled, from fabrication to installation.
A long-time Florida resident, Jessica received her B.A. in Communications from Stetson University and has lived in Tampa since 2008. She brings both a focus on education and a diverse project management background to her current position.
First six sites confirmed. Third panel meeting scheduled for May 30.