Arts Coast Magazine – Arts and Education

Community Healing Through Artistic Transformation

By Fanni Green. University of South Florida Theatre professor, actor, director and writer Fanni Green talks with USF English professor, author, spoken word and visual artist Dr. Gary Lemons about his focus this month as our guest editor – Community Healing through Artistic Transformation. As Gary explains, “We must change people’s lives to believe we all have the right to be creative.” Listen here… Read More

The Crystal Clear Pond

By Pamela Joy Trow. I was awarded an NEA grant from Creative Pinellas for a project encompassing my poem, Scanned Electron Microscope images and a message about the unseen world of water pollution. With the focus on engaging both children and adults in Pinellas County, the project vehicle is a coloring book to educate and provide solutions to achieving clean water…. Read More

Summer at the Beach Art Center

By Suzanne Norman. Summer breezes from the shores of Indian Rocks Beach stir tree leaves by the shady doorstep of the Beach Art Center. A relaxed vibe welcomes visitors as they enter through a gift shop with local artists’ works. The center has a treasure chest of art activities for young minds and other age groups to entice their creative spirits. Established in 1978, the center has a history that supports the cultural needs of the community. It is vibrant today thanks to volunteers, a variety of local funds, grants and philanthropic sources…. Read More

Artists on Arts and Healing

As part of our June Arts and Healing focus with guest editor Gary Lemons, we asked a range of artists the questions that Gary proposed. What is your concept of an art “community” for building creative alliances with individuals across different identities? What are your thoughts about art as a creating form of inner healing and well-being? As ever, we got a beautiful and moving array of responses for you to explore…. Read More

Arts Conservatory for Teens – An Inspired Success

By Carlene Cobb. The 9th Annual Champions for ACT Breakfast at St. Petersburg Pier was an inspired success. Performances by Arts Conservatory for Teens students and alumni rocked the appreciative audience with music, singing, dancing, acting, spoken word and inspired energy…. Read More

Creative Clay’s Spring for the Arts

By Cindy Stovall. “What we’re doing is creating a space that’s accessible for people with developmental or other disabilities to express themselves through an exploration of the arts,” Creative Clay CEO Kim Dohrman says. “And the art that our member artists create is valued and embraced by this wonderful St. Petersburg community. When someone attends Spring for the Arts, they actually get to see our mission in action.”… Read More

Creative Clay is Flying

By Sheila Cowley. At our second Sparks Collaborative Ensemble rehearsal for Billow, Creative Clay’s artists were flying. The performance is part of Creative Clay’s Spring for the Arts fundraiser on May 20. Billow is a short play dozens of Creative Clay’s member artists have a hand in – from painting strikingly beautiful billowing flags to moving and dancing and shouting out lines with actor Jan Neuberger, dancer Helen Hansen French and choreographer Paula Kramer.
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Visiting the Clearwater Library’s Clyde Butcher Exhibit with Kids

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre. I really encourage everyone to visit Clyde Butcher’s exhibition before it closes on May 31. His message is moving and important. If you are visiting the Clearwater Main Library with children, the second floor is a wonderful space. Where else can you find a boat amongst books overlooking the Clearwater Marina?
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Fearless Abstract

By Gabrielle Reeder. Dane Capo and his mother Krista taught and curated an art class titled “Fearless Abstract” at Indian Rocks’ Beach Art Center, on painting without the feeling so common to artists – fear. “We came up with the idea out of Autism Awareness Month,” Krista says. “Everybody asks about how he chooses his colors and how he comes up with these weird mixtures and things. I blame it on the Autism because he doesn’t have any fear about choosing a color.”… Read More

Visiting Great Explorations

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre. Visiting the Safety Harbor Library and requesting a Museum Pass for one of nine brilliant museums in Pinellas County is how I imagine Charlie felt when he won the golden ticket to see Willy Wonka’s factory. There is a rush of excitement to choose a museum, pick up a pass – and head out on a new adventure. On this occasion we went to see Maurus the Explorasaurus at the Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Pete…. Read More

Creative Clay is Here!

By Sheila Cowley. “Billow” is a short script I wrote thinking of Creative Clay – a celebration of being spectacular and being seen. “It speaks to the whole fight of not being visible,” says CEO Kim Dohrman. The first rehearsal was this week and the performance is part of their Spring for the Arts fundraiser on May 20. The ensemble features actor Jan Neuberger, dancer Helen Hansen French, choreographer Paula Kramer and every Creative Clay artist who wants to join in…. Read More

Arts Summer Camps

By Carlene Cobb. As the curtain falls on another school year, Pinellas County students and families focus on summer plans, including exciting new Arts Summer Camps. Young artists look forward to making new friends while delving into the world of visual and performing arts where they hone their skills in drawing, painting, pottery, dancing, playing music, acting, mural design, storytelling, creative writing and beyond…. Read More

Mother and Daughter Date in Dunedin

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre. One Saturday afternoon while dropping off an application for an upcoming exhibition in Dunedin, my daughter Madeline and I took the opportunity to view current art exhibitions open to the public – “Tell Us a Story” at the Studio 1212 Art Gallery and “Florida Impressions at “Stirling Art Studios and Gallery, which runs through March 27…. Read More

Arts4All Florida Celebrates 40 Years

By Wendy Finklea and Merry Lynn Morris. From gifted musicians who are blind, to dancers with mobility differences, to emerging young artists with autism and Deaf dancers, “From Backstage to Center Stage 2022” celebrated diverse people and experiences. This dedicated Arts4All Florida program serves to recognize the outstanding accomplishments in the performing arts by renowned artists that have a disability. … Read More

Students Celebrate Visual Movement

Pinellas County Students in Grades K-8 Celebrate Visual Movement . . . Through April 3 Free Creative Pinellas Gallery Details here . . . The Clearwater Arts Alliance in partnership… Read More

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