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Panel discussion Thursday focuses on arts and the ecomomy

Bill DeYoung



The annual SHINE Mural Festival, sponsored by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, brings renowned artists from all over the world to St. Pete.

Prominent figures in St. Petersburg’s rapidly-expanding arts and culture infrastructure will participate in a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club-sponsored panel discussion Thursday at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Arts + Economic Development: A Conversation on Impact with St. Pete Experts includes Hank Hine, executive director of the Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance Executive Director John Collins, award-winning artist Carrie Jadus and cultural curator and strategist Liz Dimmitt.

At Thursday’s event, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., the guests will discuss the arts as a major economic driver of the city’s economy, and as a key component of Florida’s tourism-propelled engine.

According to a 2017 study by the Florida Department of State, Florida’s arts and cultural industry generated $4.68 billion of economic activity, including $2.29 billion by nonprofit arts and culture organizations. That activity supports 132,366 full-time jobs and generates $3.35 billion in resident household income.

The industry also delivered $492.3 million in local and state government revenue.

Tickets for Thursday’s discussion, which includes a buffet lunch, are $25 for Tiger Bay members, and $30 for non-members, available here. The RSVP deadline has been extended.

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