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Arts Funding

Sustainable arts funding as a community economic investment

This is a continuation of a multi-year project (previously "Arts Strategy") designed to create a rationale for ongoing, consistent community investment in nonprofit arts organizations, performance groups and individual artists. The Partnership will work with the Arts Alliance to prioritize art funding at the city and county level, following the strategies identified in the Comprehensive Arts Strategy.

Art is a foundational part of St. Petersburg and something that sets us apart from other communities. For the last decade, our city has experienced an urban renaissance, with more artists living, investing, and building our cultural community. Local philanthropists are investing in the arts, but the public sector has not provided an ongoing, consistent funding source for art. The St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership recognizes the critical role art plays in our sense of place and economic growth. Art funding is an investment the public sector should make to encourage economic development. Therefore, the Partnership is working to secure long-term, consistent art funding from a public source.

Outside of the James Museum

More museums for downtown St. Pete

Downtown St. Pete is fast becoming a museum mecca for lovers of fine art, with the upcoming addition of the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

November 17, 2016

St. Pete Postcard style mural

St. Pete 2.0: Establishing priorities for St. Petersburg’s Comprehensive Arts Strategy [Take survey]

In this edition of St. Pete 2.0, we are asking Catalyst readers and DP members to refine and prioritize some of the themes that emerged from our 1st survey

January 11, 2021

3 sided mural alcove

St. Pete 2.0: Establishing priorities for St. Petersburg’s Comprehensive Arts Strategy [Survey results]

In this edition of St. Pete 2.0, we asked Catalyst readers and Downtown Partnership members to refine and prioritize some of the themes that have emerged.

January 25, 2021

Mural arts spraying paint on a wall

Comprehensive Arts Strategy Brief

The Comprehensive Arts Strategy (CAS) will develop strategic recommendations to grow St. Petersburg’s arts sector and improve overall community prosperity.

February 2, 2021

Terry Marks speaking at an event

St. Petersburg Launches a Comprehensive Arts Strategy

Four-point plan aims to make St. Pete the “Preeminent City of Arts in the Southeastern U.S.

July 29, 2021

Glass blowing at Morean Arts Center

Supporting a Comprehensive Arts Strategy

SPDP recognizes the connection between a strong arts economy and the development of the creative class as an economic engine for growth.

January 8, 2020

Artist spray-painting a wall with a face covering

St. Pete 2.0: Art as an Economic Driver [Survey]

As sectors adapt & evolve to manage the impact of Covid, artists & arts organizations are forced to reimagine how they share their work and keep the lights on.

October 1, 2020

Greetings from St. Pete Florida mural

New Strategy Aims to Boost St. Pete’s Arts Economy

Covid-19 has dealt a blow to the local arts economy, but help is coming via a planning initiative between the Arts Alliance, the SPDP and the City of St. Pete.

October 28, 2020

Three professionally-dressed guests standing on the Mahaffey Stage

Art, Business, Economic Development Collide on The Mahaffey Stage

St. Pete Catalyst is an important effort bringing arts, music, and entertainment to the Mahaffey Theater Stage.

September 25, 2019

Photo from behind a lively audience facing a stage in sunny weather

St. Pete Welcomes County’s Biggest Reggae Festival

Reggae Rise Up contributes $22M in economic impact To St. Petersburg.

March 18, 2022