Mayor Jane Castor Announces Art On The Block
Art On the Block is a new program that is envisioned to bring art and artists into neighborhoods.
“I have a bold vision for the arts in Tampa and it is going to take a collaborative effort with all of our community partners, neighborhood associations and creative thinkers to ensure we incorporate all forms of art into the fabric of this city,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “Arts on the Block will create a sense of community in Tampa’s very diverse neighborhoods. I look forward working on and seeing these amazing projects being created.”
Tampa’s known for its strong neighborhoods; they are each as unique as they are diverse. This program is intended to complement the identities of the neighborhoods, create places from ho-hum spaces and increase curb appeal in public spaces.
This program, from the City of Tampa’s Art Programs’ Division will work with various partners from both the private sector and within the city. The intent is to bring access to the arts to all neighborhoods, “by and with” the community, not in “service to”.
Tampa’s neighborhoods are our most important asset. Goals of this program are based on this notion and the awareness that arts at the grassroots level strengthens its citizenry to open communication, creating better neighbors, fosters visual literacy, creates future art patrons, reduces prejudices, opens minds for discussion and importantly, tells the stories of the neighborhood that keeps their histories alive.
The first location will be Al Barnes Park, located in East Tampa. An artist has yet to be named, but it is expected that the project will be underway this summer. Look for other sites will get underway soon.
Program structure is still in development, look for updates at www.tampagov.net/arts