Arts Coast Magazine – Arts and Education

Exploring Largo’s New Free Children’s Garden

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre. My little ones and I visited the newly opened Majeed Discovery Garden at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, and all I have to say is ‘what a treat!’… Read More

From the Classroom to the Screen

By Laura Kepner

By Laura Kepner. 20 years ago, Janet Lee was trying to engage a class of tired teens. Little did she know that the next few hours would mark the beginning of a beautiful friendship – and that in 2023 she’d create a documentary about the crucial need for literacy – Always Ask For Help… Read More

HCC Fall Dance Concert Preview

By Sheila Cowley

A look at the new works being explored in Ybor City this weekend by Hillsborough Community College’s excellent Dance Department… Read More

A National Theatrical Action Against Gun Violence

By Jan Neuberger

By Jan Neuberger. “Firearms are the leading cause of death in children and youth 0 to 24 years of age in the United States.” As a means of grappling with this chilling reality, ThinkTank Theatre will participate in the national performance event, Enough! Nationwide Reading of Plays to End Gun Violence on November 6… Read More

Transitioning Into the Business of Art

By Jennifer Ring

By Jennifer Ring. Parenting experts rarely list art among the life skills families should teach their kids. But Creative Clay has spent the past two decades teaching life skills through the arts. In the process, they’ve created a model worthy of study and emulation…. Read More

Zooming Superheroes

By Troy Bernardo

Story and Photos by Troy Bernardo. I grew up on comics. But back then, only nerds read comics, so you had to make sure you never told anyone you liked them. But now, with the inundation of Marvel and DC movies, not only do people read comics, they’re admired for their visuals and storytelling…. Read More

An Artistic Treasure Hunt

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre

If you’re looking for a family outing, I highly encourage you to visit the free Keepers of Heritage show at The Gallery at Creative Pinellas and complete the scavenger hunt activity designed to encourage children to walk the exhibition spaces and study the different artworks on display…. Read More

Banned Books Club for Kids

By Nicole Slaughter Graham

The African American Heritage Association announced the “I Love Banned Books” book club, which aims to combat educational censorship, will take place at St. Pete’s Tombolo Books starting in October. The book club is designed for children in the 1st through 12th grades and … Read More

Community Conversations Tackles Book Banning

By Frank Drouzas

By Frank Drouzas. “Books are the tools that we use to make sense of the world,” says educator Nikki Hill, adding that children will be deprived of profound literature with ongoing book bans. Lenice Emanuel says books are being banned in schools “because they understand that there’s power in knowledge.”… Read More

The Art of Growing

By Fatemah Tuwainah

By Fatemah Tuwainah. If there is anything I learned from being at the St Pete Youth Farm for 5 straight hours, feeling energized, welcomed and motivated, just being present – excellent people with brilliant, creative and good hearts, still exist here in Tampa Bay. And there are little pieces of paradise in our local neighborhoods … Read More

SHAMc Summer Arts Camps

By Laura Kepner

By Laura Kepner. Every summer for the past six years, the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center becomes a catalyst for kids to connect to their environment, their world, and their minds. They become writers, illustrators, sculptors, painters, creators and magic makers…. Read More

Our ARTour Clearwater

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre. My kids and I squeezed in a visit to ARTours Clearwater, a journey through downtown Clearwater’s murals with augmented reality. On our technology-dependent tour, the tech gods were not with me – but you can enjoy the art regardless…. Read More

Dalí on the Fly

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre. Dropping off my children at school one day I noticed a shipping container in the parking lot and painted on the side read, “Dalí on the Fly” with a small rendering of a young Salvador Dalí clad in a blue sailor suit holding a hoop. “Wow look at that guys, you have a mobile Dalí art exhibition right here at your school!”… Read More

The Art of Dealing With the Inevitable

By Margo Hammond

By Margo Hammond. Ours is a death-denying culture – one that emphasizes youth and vitality and feels uncomfortable talking about death. So why are so many USF students taking a course entitled Death and Dying? The course is consistently one of the most popular general interest courses for undergrads at USF…. Read More

Compassion for Caregivers

By Skyla Luckey

By Skyla Luckey. SAGES – Plays with Purpose, is sharing free performances of “Memory Lane” this month – to let caregivers of loved ones with memory loss know they’re not alone, and there are resources to help. … Read More

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