Ybor Heights art compound Crab Devil awarded $50K grant for facade improvements

New property awnings, landscaping and hardscaping improvements coming up.

click to enlarge Tampa's Crab Devil plans to put its awarded grant money toward new outdoor awnings, as well as landscaping and hardscaping across the campus. - PHOTO C/O BKN CREATIVE
Photo c/o BKN Creative
Tampa's Crab Devil plans to put its awarded grant money toward new outdoor awnings, as well as landscaping and hardscaping across the campus.
The Florida-centric multimedia arts collective Crab Devil is about to welcome some property improvements with the help of Tampa’s Community Redevelopment Area Facade Improvement Program.

The program provides property owners with financial assistance to elevate their business fronts within participating Community Redevelopment Areas: Drew Park and West Tampa, Ybor City and East Tampa.

Crab Devil was awarded $50,000 in reimbursements, which means the money must be spent in its entirety before it can be reimbursed.

Funding can be used for external restoration, renovation, rehabilitation and landscaping of retail or commercial properties approved by the area’s Community Redevelopment Department.

Crab Devil plans to put its awarded grant money toward new outdoor awnings, as well as landscaping and hardscaping across the campus. The arts collective is hoping the improvements and additions will not only contribute to the look and experience of the Ybor Heights neighborhood, but also provide shelter from the warmer summer months ahead.

Since its inception, Crab Devil has sought to immerse its local community in art, creating a space where creativity is fostered and inspiration spread. Through several projects and exhibitions, Crab Devil and its Old Florida oddity-filled Peninsularium has aimed to bring expectation-defying immersive creations to Ybor Heights.

“We’re building a place that will add value to Ybor Heights,” Crab Reckoner Janine Awai said. “The community’s investment in us is truly appreciated.”

The collective is coming off the showcase of two new exhibits at this year’s Gasparilla Music Festival, immersive installations containing “Photonic Vibrations” by creator and St. Petersburg artist Michael Horn and “Bait Ball” by Crab Devil CEO Devon Brady.

You can keep up with Crab Devil via crabdevil.com.