Arts Coast Magazine – Arts and Education

Exploring Visual Movement

The Clearwater Arts Alliance in partnership with Creative Pinellas is excited to present a free exhibit of K-8th grade works of art from Pinellas County Schools. The vibrant artwork is inspired by the theme of Visual Movement – how to convey motion or action through an image…. Read More

The Gifts of the Grant

By Pamela J. Trow. Thank you for the gifts the NEA/Pinellas Recovers Grant bestowed on me. It was a gift to be a footbridge for an issue of great importance to so many of us. The children who attended the workshops provided a special gift – the gift of hope for our future…. Read More

“I Dream a World Where Young Voices Aren’t So Small”

By Sara Ries Dziekonski. These elementary-age scholars are discovering the safe space and possibility of the blank page and the power of the pen as they build something beautiful and important out of words. They show up week after week to tackle big emotions and take risks, and to nudge us to laugh a little more… Read More

Get Inspired at the MFA

By Jennifer Ring. Feeling uninspired? Consider visiting the Museum of Fine Arts. That’s what I did when the MFA hosted Maira Kalman in Conversation with Bob Morris – launching an exciting slate of programming designed to make you think, feel and discuss. And if Kalman and Morris’s conversation is any indication of what’s to come, it’s going to be awesome…. Read More

Moved by ARTS ALIVE!

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre. Visiting the Leepa-Rattner’s ARTS ALIVE! exhibit and seeing Thomas dancing with the photos, Madeline’s movements and William’s topsy-turvy viewing made me realize exactly what the entire exhibition was showcasing – how the human body and its movement through space is an important form of creative expression. … Read More

Focusing on Foundation

By Laura Kepner. Tommy Bell is a musician, teacher, stand-up-comedian – and he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t a visual artist. “It’s been all kinds of art on and off since I was born, really.” Bell teaches at the Morean Arts Center and believes foundation must be the initial focus in any creative endeavor…. Read More

Dancing Like the Stars

By Gabrielle Reeder. They’ve got classes, they’re multiplying. The Warehouse Arts District’s Arts Education Center in St. Pete greenlit a three-month mini-series of cinematic-themed dance classes. For the first session, Johnson taught a choreographed couples dance from Grease…. Read More

Art Adventures at the Leepa-Rattner

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre. My children and I enjoyed our mission to a grand exhibition of small works – The 48th Annual International Miniature Art Show – now on display at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs. … Read More

Adventures at the Library

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre. The Palm Harbor library is more than just a library, it’s an art-centric center, actively promoting and supporting visual and performing arts and giving people of all ages the opportunity to embrace and be involved in the arts…. Read More

Veterans Sharing Their Voices Through Art

Veterans face many challenges and it can be difficult to find words to articulate thoughts and feelings which escape everyday language. The USF Contemporary Art Museum’s Breaking Barriers program offers an opportunity to communicate visually and develop an individual voice through artmaking. This online exhibit … Read More

Young Artists Inspired By Chihuly

On view at the Chihuly Collection, artists age 5 to 11 in the Morean Arts Center’s Youth Programs created artwork based on Chihuly’s love of color and the element of surprise in art-making. Their creations demonstrate the child-like wonder of Chihuly’s artwork and its enduring appeal for all ages.  … Read More

St Pete’s New Workshop Space

By Laura Kepner. The new Morean Workshop Space in St. Pete’s Warehouse Arts District opens this weekend, hosting a low-cost, locally-focused workshop with Doris Conner, Charlie Parker and Don Williams, who have over 100 years of collective ceramics experience…. Read More

A Lit Fest for Kids Makes its Debut

By Margo Hammond. The first annual St. Pete Reads! Lit Fest — a celebration of all things literacy — was hosted by Cultured Books Literacy Foundation in partnership with the Barbershop Book Club and St. Petersburg College. Aimed at kids and their parents, it was the brainchild of Lorielle Hollaway, dedicated to promoting books and literacy in the South St. Pete community…. Read More

Helping Your Kids Learn to Love Reading

By Margo Hammond. Here are discussions from the St Pete Reads! Lit Fest – with creative tips from parents on how to help kids learn to love reading – a crucial skill that will help them choose their own path… Read More

Literacy is a Civil Right

By Jake-ann Jones. St. Pete Master Barber Antonio Brown is continuing the legacy of the barbershop as a place of power, and taking it to the next level — a space for growing and impacting youth literacy. Join the Barbershop Book Club and Cultured Books at the free St Pete Reads! Lit Fest on November 5 at the Woodson African American Museum… Read More

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