St. Pete's Shine Mural Festival returns this November with a focus on climate change

But there won’t be a big block party to celebrate.

click to enlarge St. Pete's Shine Mural Festival returns this November with a focus on climate change
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The Shine Mural Festival (stylized “SHINE”) returns for its sixth year this November. The seven-day extravaganza is hosted throughout the ‘Burg from November 7-14. This year the festival is partnering with PangeaSeed Foundation’s Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program, and calling it “SHINE x Sea Walls: St. Petersburg.”

“In these unprecedented times, the SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival is adapting to meet the challenges that St. Petersburg, and many cities around the globe, are facing. And now, more than ever, we recognize the critical need to nurture the arts, celebrate our reconnection to the environment and use art as a unifying force,” states Jenee Priebe in a press release from St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.

This year’s artist lineup, rather than mixing in national and international artists, will focus entirely on Florida-based artists with an emphasis on Tampa Bay artists creating 10 new murals throughout the city. Also in the works, will be a “Bright Spot” mural in collaboration with local youth to educate and inspire. 

According to the release, each wall will explore interconnectedness of human health and environmental health. 

“As a coastal city, climate change and sea-level rise are ongoing threats to the wellbeing of St. Petersburg. Beach tourism is an important part of the area’s economy and issues of storm surge, plastic pollutants, clean drinking water, harmful algae blooms and sustainable fisheries are important community education topics. Furthermore, intersectionality as it relates to environmental impact will be a focal point of this year’s event,” shares Priebe.

Being that we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, rather than hosting its signature block party, Sea Walls St. Petersburg is set to host virtual events.  

Until then, you can get the Pixelstix app, which brings 80 murals from past Shine Mural Festivals to life. The update to the Pixelstix app allows users to view the St. Pete Art Alliance’s new “Drive-In Mural Theater,” which consists of a three-to-five-minute narration about the work and information about the artist. 

More details to come as the 2020 mural festival approaches. 

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