Arts & Cultural Affairs

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

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.

New Mural! West Tampa Salcines Park

If you have driven down Howard Avenue in West Tampa lately, you may have spotted a new mural being painted at Salcines Park. This mural, painted by Tampa-based Michelle Sawyer and Tony Krol of Illsol, will depict some faces of West Tampa. The mural is located at Salcines Park  1705 N Howard Ave. Learn more about the mural! 

 Faces of West Tampa by Illsol - Photo: Illsol

 Photo by Illsol

Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park

Julian B. Lane Riverfront ParkJBL Riverfront Public Art

/pThe 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!

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.