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Share your thoughts by Thursday: St. Pete 2.0 – Art as an economic driver [Survey]

Jason Mathis



St. Pete 2.0

The St. Petersburg renaissance has been in full swing for more than a decade. We’ve excelled in many areas and struggled in others. In our series St. Pete 2.0, we’re partnering with the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership to explore what lies on the other side of our potential – what will it take to move to the “next level” as a city? Through this series, we’ll dig into specific topics with the hope that you, our thoughtful citizens, will share your insight, experience and wisdom.

Art is a defining feature of St. Petersburg’s culture and economy. As various sectors adapt and evolve to manage the impact of Covid and the resulting economic slowdown, artists and arts organizations are being forced to reimagine the way they share their work and keep the lights on. The St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership and Arts Alliance are working to quantify the role that art plays in our community and lives. We plan to develop tools and resources to support our arts economy during this tumultuous time. In this edition of St. Pete 2.0, we are asking you, our readers and the members of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership to share your views on art and the role it plays in our economy, our development as a city and in your individual lives.  

Click below to start the survey and tell us what you think by Thursday, Oct. 15 at noon. 

Art as an economic driver Catalyst reader survey

Art as an economic driver St. Pete Downtown Partnership Members Survey

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    barry j koestler

    October 12, 2020at1:08 pm

    People should do/make art because they want to, just like some people have other things that inspire them. But I’m vehemently opposed to people who do/make art being subsidized, when there are so many more pressing needs.

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    Bill Herrmann

    October 12, 2020at2:04 pm

    Art that is not intended to make a political statement adds to the quirkiness of St Petersburg. Making a small amount of money available for a team of “artists in residence” who paint to that standard would be a good thing.

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