The X Factor

DISCUSSION

Now that Gen X-ers have grown up and made some money, what will lure them to dip into their jeans pockets (or their pinstripes) and give money to support the future of culture? Americans for the Arts seeks answers through a National Arts Forum this Tuesday, one of 40 such panels taking place across the country. Co-sponsored by the arts councils of Hillsborough and Pinellas and the City of Tampa (and funded by the MetLife Foundation), Tampa's panel is an intriguing mix of young mover-shakers (ages 30 to 40) who can be depended upon not to give stock answers: Bank of Tampa's Henry Gonzalez; Ben Older of Older & Lundy law firm; Stephani Busansky from Freedom Playground; Tejas Patel from Ativas Corporation; and Raymond James Financial's Teresa Gelston, who, as a founder of Verve, has already done a good job stirring up the region's cultural pot. Tues., Feb. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Maestro's, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, downtown Tampa, free admission; call 813-276-8250 to reserve a seat.

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