Community Art Experience2018-12-11T10:21:02+00:00

Traveling Community Public Art Project

An interactive, community-building public art project that will travel throughout Pinellas County


The five finalists for the project have been selected, and their proposals were heard by our jury on Monday, Dec. 10. Read up on each finalist below.

Carrie Boucher

Carrie Boucher explores how people relate to one another while engaging with interactive materials presented in a public setting. Through her current project, the NOMAD Art Bus, Carrie provides democratic access to open-ended creative engagement, empowering communities and finding the gaps, facilitating experiences for people who wouldn’t normally have access. In her work with the Art Bus she attempts to address inequity through direct action, as well as by organizing and empowering a network of creative support around those who lack access. She will be heading a team that also includes Bridget Elmer and Mitzi Gordon.

Kate Helms

Kate Helms was an emergency responder to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She saw the devastation and felt powerless to do anything but document it. She sees settlement funds as an opportunity to generate real, tangible change within the community. She is a Pinellas County resident, artist and scientist, and currently working as the Stormwater Program Administrator for the City of Largo. There, she oversees stormwater pollution prevention efforts and water quality monitoring, amongst many other environmental efforts. She has also worked on projects dealing with Everglades restoration, oyster restoration, wetlands mitigation, and compliance and enforcement with environmental regulations as a member of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Kenny Jensen

Kenny Jensen is a multidisciplinary artist with a deep connection to and love for Florida’s unique wilderness. His diverse conceptual practice includes the collection and manipulation of found specimen, sculpture, installation, painting, photography, and occasional performance art. Through creative presentation of found natural objects, he opens a dialogue toward new ways of seeing ourselves and our collective place in the world, with the hope of encouraging a deeper understanding of what it means to be human and to have a more grounded and sustainable connection to the earth. He will be heading a team that also includes Roxanne Fay and Sheila Cowley.


Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse have lived in Pinellas County for over 15 years, which has helped them to form a deep appreciation of the richness and diversity of Pinellas. They look at this project as an opportunity to celebrate the individual communities within Pinellas County and, at the same time, unite them through the creative thread of art. As a creative team, Mickett/Stackhouse are known for interactive place-marking, with interactivity taking multiple forms. They engage the community in preparing for a project, in organizing volunteers to participate in the building and installation, and in collaborating with the community after the piece has been established. Their goal is to make art that creates or enhances a place and, hence, excites and draws people to interact with the work and to look again at the importance of their surroundings.

Ya La’ford

Ya La’ford looks at this project as an opportunity to revolutionize the social, cultural and historic context of Pinellas County’s historical journey. She sees this creative task as key to mobilizing consensus, debate, interest and unity as pillars to express the values and artistic identity of Pinellas County to the world beyond. Her art practice focuses on the human journey, human patterns of existence and interconnectivity — the celebration and exploration of the natural world around us. With her installations of geometric stain dye and LED lighting, she has repeatedly built strong relationships and camaraderie with fellow artists, community builders, public officials, architects and commercial vendors, many of which have donated time, labor or materials in support of making art accessible to our communities.


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.

Project Background

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.

Project Outlook

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.

The artists will share posters outlining their proposals in various public venues to gather public input on these various projects. On Monday, Dec. 10, the five artists and their teams will present their full proposals to our jury in an open meeting. The public is welcome to attend — the jury will be meeting at the auditorium at Creative Pinellas, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo, FL.

Associated Media

Presentation updating the county on progress, March 30, 2018

Confirmed Locations


Clearwater East Community Library at St. Petersburg College

Largo Central Park Performing Arts Center

Pier 60 Park

Josiah Cephus Weaver Park

War Veterans Memorial Park

Weedon Island Preserve

Lealman Community Center

Project Lead

Jessica McCormick, Public Art Project Coordinator

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.

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Finalists chosen to create proposals.

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