Creative Pinellas Announces Recipients of ArtsUp Grants 

A New Grant for Performances and Exhibits at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas

Creative Pinellas is pleased to announce that a total of six artists and arts organizations have been chosen to perform or exhibit at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas (the former home of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art), during the first round of their new ArtsUp grant.  This is a new grant designed to bring free arts and cultural events from disciplines as wide-ranging as dance, theater, painting and more to Pinewood Cultural Park, where Creative Pinellas is located.

Grantees chosen for this round include The Garden Fairies, who will produce a wearable art extravaganza; Tampa Bay Ukulele Society for Uke-de-Mayo; Dunedin Music Society, who will be premiering an original composition; artist Katie Combs for Musical Theater; curator Katherine Gibson and sculptor Donald Gialanella for visual art.

“We are very excited about the ArtsUp grant,” says Barbara St. Clair, Executive Director of Creative Pinellas.  “It allows us to reach new people with high-quality arts experiences, and to make use of the wonderful gallery and auditorium space at the park.  It also gives us an opportunity to support our area artists and arts organizations and expand their reach into the community.”

Each ArtsUp grantee will receive $1,000 toward their production or exhibit as well as use of the venue and marketing/promotional support from Creative Pinellas.  Exhibits and performances are currently being scheduled for May through August, with additional programs to be determined at a later date.

“Pinewood Park, where we are located, is an absolute treasure within Pinellas County,” says Leigh K. Davis, Arts and Cultural Outreach Manager for Creative Pinellas.  “We receive amazing feedback from the community on the uniqueness and beauty of the campus.  We are thrilled    about this first round of grantees and look forward to extending the program into the future.  Once we get this set of performances and exhibitions scheduled, opened and have a chance to evaluate their success, we plan to announce a new cycle for submissions.”

Creative Pinellas will be publishing a firm schedule for the ArtsUp activities in the next few weeks.  Uke-de-Mayo is scheduled for Cinco de Mayo (May 5) and the Dunedin Music Society is currently scheduled for May 17.  For future events and exhibits, please check our website at for updated information.

To learn more about Creative Pinellas and all of our opportunities and activities please visit or contact Leigh K. Davis at