Programs and Services
Photographer Laureate Program
The Program began in 2003 with the intent that each year, an artist be commissioned to photograph an aspect of life and the crucial issues and events within the City of Tampa for one year. The objectives of this project are:
View the galleries of artists/photographers.
Lights On Tampa
Lights On Tampa is a public/private partnership between the City of Tampa 's Art Programs Division and Friends of Tampa Public Art, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. The Program began in 2006 with the desire to bring something bold, of high quality and "on the moment" to Tampa. The objectives were to and remain:
The Program returned in 2009 to be seen by millions when Tampa hosted the NFL 's Super Bowl XLIII and in 2010, the Program was recognized as one of the 50 most significant art programs in the U.S. in the last 50 years (Americans for the Arts). In 2011, for one night only, Lights On Tampa returned with a site-specific family event featuring theater, dance, music, and visual art. The activities, performances, installations, and all new media art considered issues around intergenerational fun and engagement. www.lightsontampa.org
Riverwalk Cultural Plan
The Riverwalk Cultural Plan recognizes that for the Riverwalk to be a destination--physically or virtually--the Riverwalk must provide a consistently pleasant, subjective, and a culturally specific experience. Hence, the plan approaches the Riverwalk as a whole and neutral palette--a basic kit of parts with a unified aesthetic. The Riverwalk Cultural Plan is built on the premise that inclusion of arts, culture, and creativity is meaningful when it reflects the values and interests of a wide range of community stakeholders. The Riverwalk Cultural Plan seeks to create opportunities for engagement that:
Tampa Riverwalk Portal
The Tampa Riverwalk Portal is a key educational and cultural
component for the Tampa Riverwalk. The Portal consists of pedestrian friendly,
digital monitors that are programmed with new media art and digital educational
exhibitions. Content on the environment, well-being, history and culture is
presented through the lens of the arts.
Public Art Program
The City of Tampa 's Public Art Program is the oldest program in the bay area and was founded by city ordinance in 1985 with the mission to:
There are a little over 500 objects in the collection. A Public Art Committee serves an advisory role and consists of a citizen group appointed by the Mayor. The program follows national best practices, is well respected and has consistently been nationally recognized for leadership it the field of Public Art.View highlights of Tampa's Public Art Collection.
Public Art / Private Development
The Art Programs Division offers technical assistance and resources for developments who fall within the Central Business District and the Channel District (Sec. 27-440). The intent of incorporating Public Art in Private Development is to:
The intent of the development regulations and review framework is to provide the
mechanism for implementing the above referenced goals by directing the Public
Art requirements in each area or character district of the central business
district. For more information, please contact the Art Programs office at
(813) 274-8531. Visit
the gallery of existing installations within the CBD and Channelside
Zack Street: Art Promenade
Zack Street, Promenade of the Arts is part of a broader plan to make connections
through livable streets. Over the past year, Zack Street has been transforming
from an access or service road into a vibrant corridor that includes narrower
streets, wider sidewalks, shade, seating, indigenous landscaping and art. All
work together to create a space full of color and history.
The Art Programs division offers many free
including lesson plans, downloadable information on artists and the projects
they completed for the City of Tampa,
mp3s of Poet Laureate James Tokley reading his poems
Poet Laureate, and a variety of
on recent projects.
Calls to Artists
All calls to artists will be available through the City's website, when released. However, if you are interested in applying and would like to receive the call to artists directly via email, please contact us and kindly provide your email address.