Flo Rida at Higgins Hall
The Super Bowl brought with it an asinine number of concerts that—combined with COVID—led to a major shortage of venues, and that’s how Flo Rida ended up as the featured act during an “All the Smoke” tailgate. This party had people presumably on their best behavior, too, because it was at St. Lawrence Catholic Church's Higgins Hall WWJD? Probably stay home during a pandemic, but at least there were temperature checks, frequent sanitation and a mask requirement.
As we interviewed Tampa Bay’s Black artists for our Spring Arts Preview, Tony Krol’s name kept coming up. Krol worked with several Black artists in 2020, created murals with them, provided space for them to show their work, and brought them into conversations about curation. The collaborations introduced Tampa Bay to the Black Activist Photographers and New Roots Art Collective. They brought us Tampa’s Black Lives Matter street mural, “Cultural Currency” at Peninsularium, and “Black Storm” at Cafe Hey. Krol knows that Tampa’s diversity is one of its greatest assets, and he’s making sure that diversity is well-represented in Tampa’s art galleries and streets. mergeculture.com
Brincklow was born with an unfair advantage. You see, her mother Martha taught “arts and ideas” to generations of students at Dunedin High School. This cultural cocoon launched her to the FSU School of Theatre and the study of mime in Paris. Imaginative gigs in D.C. and NYC forged her keen skills. But the trail she’s blazed across disciplines with major artists over the past three decades since returning to Pinellas County is unmatched. She strategically developed St. Pete’s cultural scene, crafted Creative Pinellas’ grants program and shepherded Dunedin’s Public Art Master Plan and implementation of significant installations. brincklow-arts.com
Winner: “Naked Came the Florida Man” by Tim Dorsey