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Arts Coast Journal

Multimedia coverage of dynamic arts and artists
In-depth explorations and event previews
Thoughtful and thought-provoking perspectives

Welcome to the Arts Coast Journal, a new name and new focus for the Creative Pinellas online magazine. Our aim is high-quality coverage of the Visual, Literary and Performing Arts. . .  and all the kinds of art that merge and mix and fall between those.

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That Necessary Jazz Moment in Basquiat’s Work

Also at the Tampa Museum of Art Purvis Young: 91  and Sacred Diagrams: Haitian Vodou Flags from the Gessen Collection  Through January 26 Details here Purvis Young (American, 1943-2010), Untitled, c 1985-1999, Paint on wood, 47 7/8 x 72 inches, Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of the Rubell Family Collection, Miami FL © Larry T Clemons, Gallery 712, [...]


Tom Sivak’s ‘Soon-To-Be-Banned’ Chamber Opera + Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret

September 23, 2019 | By Tiffany Razzano Tom Sivak’s ‘Soon-To-Be-Banned’ Chamber Opera + Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret Free September 23 at 7 pm The Palladium Side Door Details here In honor of Banned Books Week, which takes place September 23-29, the Dramatists Guild of America and the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund have once again partnered with PEN America to [...]


Celebrating Creative Clay’s Creative ArtLink Partnerships

Life Changing Mikey Johnson and Rick Crandall Michael Johnson and Rick Crandall Introducing DJ Mikey to a live radio studio environment and helping him to gain some of the basic skills of conducting an on-air music program has, in his mother's words, been a “life changing” experience for him.  During the months he has practiced this broadcast [...]


The Florida Orchestra Celebrates Tampa Bay’s Cultural Roots

September 17, 2019 | By Kurt Loft Florida Orchestra Opens New Season with Musical Portrayal of Tampa Bay’s Cultural Roots Onstage September 27-29 Details here The people who make up the Tampa Bay area come from every inch of the globe, and The Florida Orchestra pays tribute to this diversity for the opening of its 2019-2020 season. “This is [...]


New Explorations in Dance

September 17, 2019 |  By Amanda Sieradzki Orange Grove Dance Technology as a Dance Partner September 20-21 HCC Ybor Performing Arts Center Details here Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves - photo by Jonathan Hsu Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves formed Orange Grove Dance with dreamlike memories and childhood terrain in mind. The Florida-native [...]


Bahia Ramos

Bahia Ramos recently spoke at the Art of Marketing and Branding Summit hosted by Creative Pinellas. She serves as Director of Arts at New York City’s Wallace Foundation, and leads the team responsible for the foundation’s work funding research by arts organizations around the country, as they explore a larger question that affects the entire arts community. Bahia explains the [...]


Nathan Beard’s “Drawing Water” at Brooker Creek Preserve

September 14, 2019 | By Sarah Telesca Layers in the Water Nathan Beard's Drawing Water on view at Brooker Creek Preserve On view through November 17 at Brooker Creek Preserve Tarpon Springs More here Nathan Beard’s name, face or work might seem familiar to you, but if you’re unable to remember where from, there might be a simple reason. [...]


Tom Kramer – a Photographer with the Soul of a Mover

A celebration of dance at The Studio@620, ranging from social events, artist talks, demonstrations, workshops and performances, inspired by Tom Kramer's dance photography exhibit. More here Triggered: An Evening in a Brain with RogueDance  Saturday September 21 at 8 pm Sunday September 22 at 3 pm Momentum Choreographers Showcase with projectALCHEMY  Saturday September 28 at 7:30 pm Sunday September [...]


The Road to Civility – Honoring Tampa Bay Civil Rights Activists

September 12, 2019 | By Kurt Loft The Road to Civility A new exhibition at the Florida Holocaust Museum documents Tampa Bay’s own Civil Rights Movement through those who helped change their communities On display through March 1, 2020 The Florida Holocaust Museum More here Beaches, Benches and Boycotts exhibit - photo by Kurt Loft A young person [...]


‘Arroz con Frijoles’ Highlights Latinx Artists 

September 12, 2019 | Gloria Muñoz Latinx Artists Explore Culture Through the Senses in Arroz con Frijoles  On view through September 19 University of South Florida Tampa campus More here Walking into the Arroz con Frijoles exhibition in USF’s Carolyn Wilson Gallery offers a sense of homecoming. There is music, colorful screen-printed wallpaper, a replica of a kitchen busy with [...]


Emerging Artists + Professional Mentors

September 10, 2019 | By Tiffany Razzano Emerging Artists and Professional Mentors Reflect on 2019's Partnerships The Pinellas County artists selected as Emerging Artist Grantees by Creative Pinellas each year are awarded more than just grant funding. With the honor comes the opportunity to participate in the annual Emerging Artist Exhibit and a mentorship with an established professional artist. [...]


A Look at Wearable Art 15

September 8, 2019 | Victoria Jorgensen A Look At Wearable Art 15 The Dunedin Fine Art Center   Design by Lina Teixeira For years I contemplated attending The Wearable Art Show at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. I had no idea the experience would be so mind bending! Shannon O’Leary-Beck - Hard Wear I arrived early [...]

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