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WE Convene – Public Town Hall Meeting

October 18, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

We were thrilled to learn about cultural planning and why it’s so important and valuable right now to the arts community in Pinellas County.

The much anticipated We Convene Town Hall commenced on Tuesday, Oct 18th from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater!

Want to be part of what happens next with the cultural planning? Simply click on the link below to sign up and be a part of the cultural planning process. Creative Pinellas will be contacting sign-ups in the coming weeks to talk more about next steps.






We came together to review the results of the six WE CONVENE sessions, which started in February and continued through July. Presenters shared both what was discovered during the process and the innovative ideas participants developed and shared.

We heard from cultural planner, Dr. Linda Flynn PH.D. who shared her expertise on cultural planning.

The October 18th Town Hall is an outgrowth of six meetings sponsored by Creative Pinellas and Pinellas Community Foundation and co-hosted by area arts leaders  including the Florida Orchestra, The St. Petersburg and Clearwater Arts Alliances, the Carter Woodson Museum, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Forward Pinellas and Arts4All. . These meetings featured small group discussions, and featured guest speakers from within and outside Pinellas County who shared their pioneering approaches to sustain, nurture and grow the arts, and to innovatively solve key challenges in their communities.

Free and open to the public.


Creative Pinellas is partnering with the Pinellas Community Foundation for this WE Convene Town Hall and Sessions.



Location: Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759

Run of Event:

12:30-1 p.m.: Registration and Networking

1-2 p.m.: Keynote Address featuring Linda Flynn who will help us focus on cultural planning

2-2:30 p.m.: Presentations of WE CONVENE findings.  Arts community members will be sharing some of the amazing findings and ideas from the WE CONVENE discussions

2:30- 4 p.m.: Putting it all together.  We’ve set the stage.  We understand the landscape.  We have some really good ideas. And now we have some new tools and resources that we haven’t had before.  What are the next steps?  What can we do as a community, today, to move things forward? How can we work together, to build a cultural plan and to make things happen?


Linda Flynn PH.D.

Linda is a partner with Cultural Planning Group, joining the group in 2014. She is a planner who contributes nationally to best practices in planning, research, civic learning, and engagement for the creative sector. Linda has developed innovative cultural plans, public art master plans, cultural tourism plans for diverse cities and counties across the country. Cultural planning is a powerful tool to assist communities to achieve civic goals for identity, building the creative economy, economic development, equity, revitalization, public/private partnerships,…… Read More

WE Convene Sessions

  • WE Convene 1: Public Art and Placemaking – How both can be integrated more throughout the landscape of Pinellas County
  • WE Convene 2: Performing Arts – How to support and grow the performing arts
  • WE Convene 3: Accessibility and Equity – Making arts accessible and welcoming to all
  • WE Convene 4: Arts and Tourism – Leveraging our Brand and Arts & Cultural Marketing
  • WE Convene 5: Economic Wellbeing for Artists – How to ensure artists and arts organizations thrive in Pinellas County
  • WE Convene 6: Arts & Education and Community Outreach – With a focus on outreach today to expand and create audiences for tomorrow



October 18, 2022
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Creative Pinellas
Pinellas Community Foundation


1111 McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759
1111 McMullen Booth Rd
Clearwater, FL 33759 United States
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