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Opening Reception - Shelter: Concepts of Home

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Presented by Periphery Media at The Portico, Tampa FL

Jan 24 2020
Opening Reception - Shelter: Concepts of Home

Opening reception for “Shelter: Concepts of Home” an open-call art exhibition featuring 23 of Tampa Bay’s most exciting visual artists. Produce by Periphery Media and sponsored by the USF Humanities Institute USF and the Portico.

Join us at the Portico Community Hall for the opening reception of Shelter: Concepts of Home.  This free event features art by twenty-three established and emerging artists from all over the Tampa Bay area as well as live music with Peter Nuffer of Palmetto Road and refreshments by the Portico Cafe.

Shelter: Concepts of Home is the final event in a series that began with a speaking engagement sponsored by the Humanities Institute at the University of South Florida.  Matthew Desmond, author of the Pulitzer-winning, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City spoke to a packed house at the University Area Community Center in September of 2019.  His book is an ethnographic study of eight Milwaukee families struggling to keep a roof over their heads.

Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.”

It is from Mr. Desmond’s book that Shelter: Concepts of Home takes its theme.  The families chronicled are of different races, backgrounds and have fallen into poverty for different reasons but they all share the same instinct for homemaking.  Be it a favorite table, curtains on a broken and grimy window or a family portrait, each family finds a way to make their meager surroundings into something more than just a shelter.  These items transcend their existence as simple trinkets and give place and meaning to an organized pile of wood, drywall and bricks.  Even if only in a small way, such items make a place into a home.

Please join us.


Free Admission

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The Portico

1001 N Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602


Free parking for patrons on property (31 spaces)