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Join PinArts coalition in working to restore arts funding in Pinellas County

Elizabeth Brincklow, John Collins and Deborah Kelly at Arts Summit in St. Petersburg
Elizabeth Brincklow, John Collins and Deborah Kelly at Arts Summit in St. Petersburg
Sarah Dees

Local arts organizations are coming together as a new coalition with a lofty and important goal - to restore public funding for the arts in Pinellas County. This coalition, called PinArts, is making a plan to move forward, to find the financial support needed by the artists and arts organizations that have continued in a grassroots effort to build Pinellas County into a dynamic center for the arts.

The point needs to be made in a proactive way; as the economy is beginning to recover, it's time to start investing in the arts again.

In a March 6th editorial, Investing in the arts pays dividends, the Tampa Bay Times wrote, “It's understandable that public investment in the arts disappeared in an era of declining tax revenue for local governments and tough times for taxpayers. But as the economy recovers, the county and the cities should revisit how best to promote the arts and reinvest in one of the county's best assets.”

PinArts hopes to guide public officials to resume funding the arts, replacing grants that have been cut or eliminated in recent years, citing the positive economic impact that the arts have had on our county in creating jobs, contributing to tourist revenue and other benefits.

Representatives of Pinellas County cultural and arts organizations are invited to participate in building a platform and enacting a plan to work with County Commissioners to restore funding for the arts. John Collins, head of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, a nonprofit organization formed to be an “umbrella” for area arts groups, said, “The more arts and cultural leaders who endorse our recommendations, the stronger our case for support. ”

Restart Investment in the Arts
The next meeting of the new PinArts coalition
Friday, March 28, 2014, from 10 am to 11 am,
The Epicenter (Room EP-BD203-304), St. Petersburg College.
The EpicCenter is just off of Ulmerton Road, 13805 58th St. N. in Clearwater.
Those planning to attend should RSVP to so enough room can be planned to accommodate everyone who wants to be there.

Members of the newly formed PinArts Coalition include:

Restoring City of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County Funding for the Arts

The St. Pete Arts Steering Committee and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance have drafted an arts advocacy platform. Also endorsing the funding request is the leadership of the Warehouse Arts District Association, the Arts Association of St. Petersburg, and the St. Petersburg's Arts Advisory Committee and the Public Arts Supporting our arts & cultural community. To read the recommendations,

Visit Advocacy to Restore City Funding

Visit Advocacy to Restore County Funding

Community Arts leaders pictured: Left to Right:

Elizabeth Brincklow, Office of Arts & International Relations
City of St. Petersburg, PO Box 2842, St. Petersburg, Fl 33731

John Collins, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance,
100 Second Ave N, Ste 150, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Deborah Kelly, St. Petersburg City Theatre,

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