Dr. Patrick Henry, Professor of Sociology, and John Collins, Executive Director of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance team up to present “The State of the Arts in St. Petersburg: Economic Impact and Social Networks,” a free public presentation in Miller Auditorium, Eckerd College on March 23, at 6 p.m.
“The sky’s the limit!” Professor Henry states, “This presentation will highlight the broad scope of the arts in St. Petersburg, and explore the perspectives of various people who are directly engaged in the arts – artists, gallerists, and more. How do arts professionals define the arts? What do they see as important to the future of the arts? Please join us for this positive and forward-looking view on the arts in our community!”
Collins adds, “I look forward to seeing the results of Dr. Henry’s research; exploring our sociology of the arts with our city’s cultural thought leaders. Just as important as measuring the economic impact that the arts generate, is how the arts build community. How they are contributing factors in business decisions to relocate or start business here; for employees to move here, and for our families that live here.
The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is the umbrella organization serving the arts and cultural community: advocating for the arts; facilitating the growth of the arts community; and driving arts-related economic development in St. Petersburg.