PYT, repeat after me: Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay hits the Independent in Seminole Heights Thurs., March 10

PYT is not just a classic MJ song.

It stands for Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay, an organization conceived by T. Hampton Dohrman and Ann-Eliza Musoke (pictured) .

PYT’s aim is to bring awareness and opportunities to local artists by way of forward-thinking events and affordable patronage.

So while your dreams of a big-city future are still far away, why not quit your complaining and help Tampa and PYT by attending one of their upcoming events.

This Thursday, March 10, PYT will be hosting their second gathering at The Independent in Seminole Heights, in partnership with Creative Tampa Bay.

The mini-soiree features multimedia artist Kurt Piazza and Tempus Projects member Ashley Niven, who’ll be showcasing Tampa Bay video artists.

Future PYT happenings include the video art of University of Tampa associate professor Santiago Echeverry  at The Bricks, Ybor City (April 14, 7-9 p.m.) and art-house films at Downtown Tampa's Fly Bar, hosted by curator and underground movie connoisseur Brian Taylor (May 12, 7-9 p.m.).

7-9 p.m. 5016 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. $5 donation requested. pytampa.org.

Read Marysia Lopez's feature on PYT's inaugural event here. Photo by Todd Bates. Julie Garisto contributed to this report.

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