Best Of 2020

Best Virtual Art Trailblazing: Creative Pinellas

Creative Pinellas

Creative Pinellas was doing great stuff long before COVID-19 came along, but the pandemic really brought out the best in the collecting. It was clear from the beginning that Creative Pinellas was going to do everything it could to help artists survive this crisis. It kept an updated list of places to enjoy art online. It raised pay for its Arts Coast Journal contributors when other publications couldn’t afford to pay their writers at all. It even established the area’s first arts relief fund in collaboration with the St. Petersburg Art Alliance and the Pinellas Community Foundation. Then on April 16, Creative Pinellas introduced 2020’s crop of emerging artists in Zoom conversations shared via Facebook Live, becoming the first arts organization in the Tampa Bay area to host artist talks and opening receptions online. Tampa’s college galleries followed suit a month later, starting with Gallery 221. —Jennifer Ring

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