Arts & Cultural Affairs

Andante by Heidi Lippman. Photo: Dave Hellane
Andante by Heidi Lippman. Photo: Dave Hellane

Ya Laford Mural

On November 5th, Mayor Jane Castor, along with Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan, dedicated the most recent installment of the Art on the Block program, a mural at the R.I.C.H House at Robles Park. Local artist Ya La’Ford worked with neighborhood youth who contributed to the project. Additionally, City of Tampa Wordsmith wrote a poem inspired by the project.

for the children and teens of Rich House and for Officer Eddie Galvan and Site Coordinator Tonya Gallimore

Red bricks rise to recreate your future, a rainbowed place of
Imagination and ideals. Here, you’re interconnected with
Community and stand at the center of that circle.
Hope, help and heart form a haven in Robles Park.
Humanity and your hero-selves are twin halves of what makes you whole.
Oportunities open like greeting cards that read: “Our bet is on you.”
Unity is a mural connecting your colors to all others and a
Sense of belonging gives you a concrete foundation.
Enrichment, education, a happier existence--

These are the bricks of your RICH HOUSE

Mayor Castor Appoints Gianna Russo as Wordsmith

Mayor Jane Castor has appointed the City’s first Wordsmith, local writer and educator, Gianna Russo. As part of the Art on the Block program, an initiative by Mayor Jane Castor that brings art and artists into the neighborhoods, Ms. Russo will be working with communities through workshops and projects in various neighborhoods throughout the City, as well as leading city-wide participation like to recent “Haiku from Home” project.

The City of Tampa recognizes the power and value of self-expression and acknowledges that the written word expressed through poetry, creative writing and verse can be a platform to engage and empower Tampa’s citizens and neighborhoods.   

A lifelong educator, Ms. Russo designed and instituted the creative writing program at Blake Magnet School of the Arts in Tampa in 1997. In 2011, Ms. Russo joined the faculty of the Department of Language Studies and the Arts at Saint Leo University. She serves as editor-in-chief of the university’s literary magazine Sandhill Review and is currently Saint Leo’s inaugural Poet-in-Residence for the Collage of Arts and Sciences and scholarly journal Rebus


About Arts & Cultural Affairs

The Arts & Cultural Affairs Division develops and provides free access to artistic excellence. The division facilitates the creation of art representative of the character and identity of Tampa to major public-use projects and to heighten Tampa's reputation and visibility both regionally and nationally as a city culturally aware and supportive of the arts.  Programs that fall under the Division include Lights On Tampa, the Public Art Program, Public Art in Private Development, and more. 


Art Classes

Tampa Parks and Recreation is proud to offer visual and performing arts experiences for children and adults that connect the citizens of Tampa to their creativity. These classes, workshops, camps and performances are for anyone looking to explore and develop their creative voice in a nurturing and supportive environment. For more information, visit Parks & Recreation  Arts and Theatre Programs.


Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park

The City of Tampa's new Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park features several Public Art installations commissioned by the City of Tampa. Visitors will be greeted by 34' monumental sculptures by artist Thomas Sayre, inspired by Tampa's long history and engagement with the Hillsborough River.
The West Tampa Promenade, a space designed by Jovi Schnell is a tribute to the culturally rich area. This space, which includes a cement tile plaza, mosaic mural and ceramic bench inlays, provides open and inviting public space. Other installations by Pep Rally and Edgar Sanchez Cumbas can be discovered as visitors explore the River Center and other areas of the Park. Explore the Public Art at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park!
JBL Riverfront Public Art


Explore History Through the Arts 

Across downtown from Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park is another City park that features artwork that is unique and contextual. The artwork at Perry Harvey Park features includes major artworks by four artists work together in an attempt to tell the full and complex story of the abundant contributions of the African American community and Historic Central Avenue. The City of Tampa's Perry Harvey, Sr. Park is located at 900 E. Scott Street!  

Explore History through the Arts at Perry Harvey, Sr. Park


Downtown after dark?

Take a tour! Download our self-guided tour  which features the lighted bridges over the Hillsborough River, the new "Stay Curious" mural at the Poe Garage, and many other art installations downtown.