Art Programs

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

Public Art Speaker Series

Register today! The next Public Art Speaker Series will be held on Wednesday, October 10th at the AIA Tampa Bay in Ybor City, and will explore some fun examples of temporary installations with Art Programs Manager, Robin Nigh (Lights On Tampa, Tampa Public Art Program), and Liz Dimmitt, cultural strategist (Art of the Brick, The Beach), moderated by Ashly Anderson, Senior Design Manager for the Tampa Downtown Partnership.  PASS: Your Guide to Public Art, is a free speaker series produced by the City of Tampa, Art Programs Division that will feature a variety of public artists and other professionals in the field. 

Photographer Laureate Works on Exhibit at FMoPA through September 30, 2018.

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts will exhibit select works by Tampa’s very own photographer laureates through September 30. Each year from 2003-2013, the City of Tampa, Art Programs Division commissioned an artist to photograph a perspective of the City of Tampa with an emphasis on what it means to be in Tampa at this particular time in history. The result of this juried process has produced a public collection and archive that is representative of the life and times in Tampa by regional, national and international photographers.   Exhibiting artists include Marion Belanger, Jeremy Chandler, Suzanne Camp Crosby, MK Foltz, Karen Glaser, Steven S. Gregory, Rebecca Sexton Larson, Barbara Jo Revelle, Beth Reynolds and Ric Savid.

FMoPA Photo Laureate Show Postcard

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!

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. 

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.

The Art Programs 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.