ArtsTampaBay.com is a project of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Other services of the Arts Council include:
The Arts Council works with the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Cultural Alliance, Americans for the Arts and other agencies to advocate on behalf of artists and arts organizations of all disciplines. The Arts Council also publishes alerts to its subscribers of important pending public issues.
Our Arts for Elders program provides artistic residencies and performances for both frail and active elderly populations in aging services venues throughout the county. Such arts programs have proven to be an extraordinary link to maintaining the vitality and energy essential to successful aging.
Artists in the Schools places professional touring companies and actors, musicians, visual artists, dancers, poets and storytellers in the schools. Visual and Performing Arts Field Trips are professional performances and docent-guided exhibition tours presented for students during the school day at various Tampa Bay area venues and museums.
Email news for artists and arts organizations about upcoming events, workshops and other opportunities. Sign up for our email newsletter.
Arts License Plate
The Council invited artists statewide to submit a design for an arts license plate which was approved during the 1994 Florida Legislature. The sale of the plates will raise funds to be spent on the arts in the county in which they were sold. A portion of the plate fee is returned to the Arts Council when a plate is purchased in Hillsborough County.
Arts Networking Meetings
Monthly networking meetings for artists and arts organizations to meet each other and develop useful contacts within the Tampa Bay arts community. The meetings are held at different locations each month to allow arts organizations to showcase their programs and facilities.
Arts Organizations (Cultural) Directory
An electronic collection of more than 200 organizations with contact information. This searchable directory is maintained on the Arts Council’s website and includes community arts organizations, galleries, museums, sponsors, studios, venues and more. This online Directory provides an easy reference guide and networking tool for artists and arts organizations, and a handy reference for the community. See the Cultural Directory on the Arts Council’s website..
The Arts Council is pleased to support important community arts programs such as Community Stepping Stones and Firehouse Cultural Center. Community Stepping Stones (CSS) is a nonprofit learning center (501c3) offering after-school, arts-inspired curriculum to prepare at-risk youth to become successful adults. The Firehouse is a multi-use, cultural and educational facility in the South Shore area of Ruskin.
Community Cultural Plan
The Hillsborough County Community Cultural Plan was completed in 2006. To read the entire plan and see the opportunities and obstacles facing the cultural community,visit the Arts Council’s website..
The Arts Council offers two annual grant programs. The Cultural Development Grant program is open to nonprofit arts organizations to support arts programs in Hillsborough County. The Council also provides individual artist grants that are reimbursement-based and are intended to provide financial assistance to experienced Hillsborough County artists to further their professional development. See the Grants page on the Arts Council’s website for more information.
The Council offers financial/tax and insurance planning services to artists and acts as liaison between artists and those seeking their services, and as arts advocate in the legislative and policy matters at all levels of government.
Workshops and technical assistance are provided to artists and arts organizations in areas such as basic business matters, marketing, public relations, fundraising, grants writing and income tax. The Arts Council also hosts workshops for the artistic community periodically. Some of the topics covered have been grant writing, social media, public art and subjects relative to the individual artist career.