The Arts Center, was located in St. Petersburg, Florida, believed that sharing and learning about the various forms of human expression through the arts created a stronger, better, more unified community. In keeping with this belief, the Arts Center had educational opportunities for individuals of different ages, cultures, and walks of life. Residents of St. Petersburg were encouraged to explore the opportunities available and to find the one that was right for them. A good first step was to simply visit the Arts Center gallery, take a quick stroll around, and look at all the great work being done. The gallery used to be open to the public from Monday through Saturday, 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4:00p.m.
Studio classes for all ages were offered twice in the winter and once in the spring. Students could choose from a variety of different classes including painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, mixed media, jewelry making, pastels, courses specifically geared toward youth or master artists, digital imaging, printmaking, dazzio, sculpture, glass, and even open studio times. There were also special summer sessions and camps for children between the ages of five to fifteen, so there’s lots of different ways to get involved and have a blast.
Of course, not everyone can create art directly. If this is the case, individuals were encouraged to volunteer at the Arts Center, to apply for membership to the board, or even to make a one time or continuing financial contribution. No matter how one chose to help the Arts Center – be it through time, money, or effort – that individual was contributing not just to the center but to the arts and the profound impact they had on the community and on individuals as well. It would be time and money well spent.