Creative Pinellas issues artist call for traveling community art project

Money from BP — a result of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy — will largely fund the project.

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Creative Pinellas issues artist call for traveling community art project
Here's another opportunity for local artists to... well, do what they do. This time, they get to show off how great it is to live in Pinellas — or how great it is to visit.

Creative Pinellas issued a call for artists to help created a community art project. They're only accepting applications from artists who live in Pinellas; the completed project will center on one single piece of artwork or a "grouped assemblage" of art. This exhibit will circulate throughout Pinellas County for several years. Right now, Creative Pinellas has confirmed locations from St. Pete Beach to Tarpon Springs, with plenty of stops in between. 

The completed piece should showcase daily life of Pinellas residents — and visitors. The successful exhibit will encourage people to interact with it, and also shore up residents' community pride. And, of course, Creative Pinellas says it won't hurt if it also happens to highlight Pinellas as a "world-class tourism, arts and culture destination."

“We know that Pinellas is a county with huge potential for continually growing our arts scene,” said Creative Pinellas' public art project coordinator Jessica McCormick. “We think this project can excite and unite the people of Pinellas with a shared community experience and foster a sense of pride for where we live. Plus, we get to give visitors yet another reason to visit and enjoy what this county has to offer.”

Are you an artist who wants in? We have more info here — but the deadline's fast approaching, so get your submission in by Aug. 17. Creative Pinellas is allocating $3,000 per artist — or team of artists — and the project has a total budget of $325,000. BP settlement funds will pay for the project.

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Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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