TAMPA, Fla. (March 2, 2017) – Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts (TBBCA) is pARTnering with the 47th Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, for another exciting TBBCA Chalk Walk Saturday, March 4th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday March 5th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., under the eaves of the Tampa Museum of Art, alongside the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Curtis Hixon Park. Ten specially commissioned chalk artists will create live art to the theme of “Sports Heroes”, echoing current TMA exhibit “Who Shot Sports”.
“We are proud to offer this TBBCA Chalk Walk once again at the heart of downtown Tampa with our valued Cultural pARTner Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts,” says Susana Weymouth, Executive Director of TBBCA. “It is a great opportunity to support talented artists of this genre and technical skill while providing a free, fun, family-friendly and accessible program for all ages and levels of art appreciation. TBBCA Chalk Walks help attract the public to area cultural offerings and businesses.”
GFA President of the Board of Directors, Adam Raschke, commented that GFA “Board of Directors and Committee are proud to present the 47th annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, a juried art fair featuring over 200 emerging and established artists from across the country working in glass, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor, wood and other media.. We’re all looking forward to enjoying it.” In the past, the festival has attracted thousands of visitors from across the region.
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Tampa Bay BCA (TBBCA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989, one of 11 national Business Committees for the Arts, part of the private sector network of Americans for the Arts. TBBCA mission is to unite Tampa Bay area businesses to champion arts education, arts and culture for a prosperous community, based on the philosophy that ‘the arts are good for business, and business is good for the arts.’ TBBCA provides advocacy, resources and support for arts and cultural organizations, artists, and arts education, and builds awareness of arts and culture as important economic drivers in our community and essential contributors to our quality of life. For information contact TBBCA Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 221-2787, or visit www.tbbca.org.
TBBCA programs are made possible through the generosity of pARTners, including Premier Eye Care; Strategic Property Partners; The Tampa Bay Lightning; Stephen Gay, Gay & Associates Realtors; The Beaux-Arts Group; Greenberg Traurig; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP; DeBartolo Family Foundation; Linda and Michael Connelly; The Wilson Company; Tampa Bay Times; Tampa Bay Magazine; Cox Media Group; ChappellRoberts; Alex McKnight; Phelps Dunbar; Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long and Koche; BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Wells Fargo and Wells Fargo Private Bank; Weymouth Family; Vantage Point Advisors of Raymond James; Hill Ward Henderson; Stearns Weaver; Helen and Peter Wallace; Playbook Public Relations; Willis Towers Watson; Hyde Park Village; and others.
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 website www.gasparillaarts.com or call (813) 876-1747.