The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance (SPAA) is shining a spotlight on our vibrant performing arts scene for their inaugural Garden Party: Hats Off to the Performing Arts, a brunch fundraiser on April 24th at the Rutland-Farley Mansion beginning at 11AM.
“One of the most important ways that SPAA ignites and connects our community is by supporting and uplifting stellar artists. Performance artists are uniquely dedicated to bringing people together through shared experiences. The artists highlighted at the Garden Party will showcase their brilliant talents, reminding us that we are all part of a strong and growing city.” – SPAA Director of Community Advancement, Tiffany Ford
• freeFall Theatre’s musical genius, Michael Raabe, will be tickling the keys in a jazz-pop trio he has formed uniquely for this event, including vocalist Ericka Womack, and upright bassist Richard Jiminez.
• Alex Harris & Young Artists from Arts Conservatory for Teens will be sharing a music-inspired performance.
Movement & Dance:
• Aerialists Kasondra Rose & Tiele Macel will be twirling and swirling amongst the gorgeous oak trees at the waterside estate.
• Youth ballet dancers from Academy of Ballet Arts will be sharing a pop-up dance piece.
• A special environmental-theatre performance will delight guests, with appearances by popular local actress Alexa Perez, and Theatre Tampa Bay award winner, Matthew McGee.
Even more cause for celebration at this event, SPAA will be honoring Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida State president. Seixas originated the idea of creating a Comprehensive Arts Strategy (CAS) for the City of St. Petersburg and took that idea to Jason Mathis, CEO of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, who involved SPAA and the rest is history.
SPAA is adding extra fun to your brunch experience with a spirited live and silent auction. Items include experiences like a boat excursion, theatre tickets, adventures, and more! Bring those credit cards!
The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is the umbrella organization serving this vital arts and cultural community. We do so by driving arts-related economic development and funding, advocating for art and artists, educating at all levels and facilitating the growth of our City of the Arts. For more information on sponsorship opportunities and tickets visit: