In planning its fourth annual SHINE Mural Festival, the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance was forced to deal – like so many other Florida arts organizations – with the evaporation of the state’s arts appropriations earlier in the year.
It was a bloodbath. For 2018-2019, the Arts Alliance received zero dollars (last time around, to compare, the legislature ponied up $23,000).
After a highly successful first year with more than 3,500 runners participating, the St. Pete Run Fest is headed full speed into 2018 with the second annual downtown event.
“All ‘major’ cities, it seems, have a community-inspired road race: Boston, New York, Austin – even our Tampa Bay neighbor has Gasparilla,” said Ryan Jordan, who co-founded St. Pete Run Fest with his brother Keith.
Consider the case of Bree Swezey, founder of Authentic Edge Design and Company in Tampa, Florida.
“I’ve gotten some projects or budgets from clients after I’ve done work with them, and I’ve seen some pricing (for other consultants) that’s higher than I currently charge and they’re men,” Swezey said. "I found out after the fact after I invoiced them or quoted them."
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