City of the Arts
Our Goal... “Tampa will be a place that celebrates the works
of artists, writers, performers, film makers and all forms of fine and
commercial arts professionals, providing opportunities for residents and
visitors of all ages to enjoy and be enriched by a wide array of
creative pursuits while encouraging the growth of creative businesses.”
The City of Tampa recognizes the importance of both the non-profit arts
and the commercial arts to a creative city. The arts enhance our quality
of life and they are a key player in the economic development of our
city. The City of Tampa’s arts objectives include making the city a
magnet for talented people, who are drawn by the area's economic and
artistic opportunities, diversity, and quality of life. We also seek to
attract national and international visitors who come to experience Tampa’s authentic cultural, historic and arts assets.
Tampa was the first major city to develop a Creative Industries
office. The office works to promote the arts, to link art and commerce,
to attract talent, and to promote cultural tourism.
The City’s Public Art office promotes the involvement of artists in
projects throughout Tampa, to enhance the physical environment, and
celebrate our unique character and identity. There are six primary goals
of the Tampa Public Art Program: oversee the City of Tampa’s Public Art
Collection; enhance the physical environment of Tampa with artworks of
the highest level of quality and suitability for the site; serve as the
coordinating body for all Public Art and memorial projects on City
property; build partnerships with the private sector, non-profit and
community groups that connect the Tampa Public Art Program’s projects to
the life of the city; encourage participation by artists based in the
city and Tampa Bay region; serve as an active source of information
about Public Art.
The City’s strategy recognizes the important role that arts
organizations and institutions play in making Tampa a City of the Arts
and emphasizes a continued partnership between the City and these
organizations in identifying issues, needs and opportunities.
Organizations receiving support include the Tampa Theatre, Tampa Museum
of Art, David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, The Florida Aquarium, Lowry
Park Zoo, Plant Museum, The Florida Orchestra, and numerous other
We have also expanded arts into neighborhoods through the programs of
our Parks and Recreation Department and our Public Art office. A
city-funded Pops In The Park series, presents the Florida Orchestra in
free outdoor concerts throughout the city.