Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts “pARTners” with Gasparilla Festival of the Arts to bring TBBCA Chalk Walk March 5 & 6 under the eaves of the Tampa Museum of Art
TAMPA, Fla. (February 29, 2016) – Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts (TBBCA) is pARTnering for another exciting TBBCA Chalk Walk with the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. TBBCA is producing this popular event, bringing 10 commissioned chalk artists to create live interactive art experiences in the heart of the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.
“We are proud to offer this TBBCA Chalk Walk once again in downtown Tampa with our valued pARTner Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts,” says Susana Weymouth, Executive Director of TBBCA. “It is a great opportunity to support talented artists while providing a free, fun, family-friendly and accessible program for our community and attracting the public to area museums and businesses.” Since its founding in 2008, TBBCA Chalk Walks have been entertaining audiences of all age groups and levels of art appreciation throughout the greater Tampa Bay area.
GFA President of the Board of Directors, Ashly Anderson, commented that GFA’s “Board of Directors and Committee are proud to present the 46th annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, featuring 250 artists from across the country once again in 2016. We’re all looking forward to enjoying it.” In the past, the festival has attracted tens of thousands of visitors from across the region.
TBBCA Chalk Walk will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 5th and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 6th, under the eaves of the Tampa Museum of Art in pARTnership with the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Curtis Hixon Park. Meet the artists and watch their technical skill as they bring their amazing artistic creations to life throughout the weekend.
TBBCA, a 501 (c ) (3) non-profit founded in 1989, is one of 11 national affiliates of Americans for the Arts. TBBCA’s mission is to unite area businesses to champion arts and culture for a prosperous community because “the arts are good for business and business is good for the arts.” Through innovative pARTnerships and sustainable programs like Call to Artists, Cultural Encounters, Chalk Walks and The Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships, TBBCA provides valuable funding support for artists, arts and cultural organizations, and art education, and builds awareness of arts and culture as important economic drivers in our community and essential contributors to our quality of life.
TBBCA programs are generously supported by donations and sponsorships, including Chair’s Circle pARTners: Premier Eye Care; MedHOK; The Wilson Company; Stephen Gay & Associates, Realtors; The Tampa Bay Times/tbt*; Tampa Bay Magazine; B2 Communications; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Alex McKnight; Linda and Michael Connelly; Cox Media Group; Chappell Roberts; Platinum pARTners: Greenberg Traurig; The Beaux-Arts Group; Katharine Weymouth, Phelps Dunbar; Barnett, Bolt, Longwood, Kirk and Koche; Gold pARTners: Hill, Ward, Henderson; The Lightning Foundation; The Gobioff Foundation, Vantage Point Advisors of Raymond James; Hyde Park Village; and Yann and Susana Weymouth. For more information, visit www.TBBCA.org or call 813-221-2787.
The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation dedicated to producing an annual, premier juried outdoor art festival for the enjoyment and education of patrons, artists and guests as well as for the enhancement of the Tampa Bay area’s cultural arts. The non-profit organization relies on support from sponsorships, on-site retail sales and corporate and individual gifts to fund its programs and events. The Tampa based organization is staffed entirely by volunteers. Information for festival-goers is posted to the GFA’s newly relaunched website www.gasparillaarts.com or call (813) 876-1747.