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 an important part of our cultural identity and economy in St. Pete. In October, the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, Downtown Partnership and City of St. Pete launched a new planning effort to create a Comprehensive Arts Strategy for our community. A Catalyst St. Pete 2.0 survey that month helped to inform initial efforts, concepts and recommendations. Since then, researchers have conducted focus groups, held virtual public meetings – the next one is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 4 – and put together initial ideas about ways to build on our strong foundation to support artists, strengthen our arts organizations and support community prosperity through arts and culture.
In this edition of St. Pete 2.0, we are asking Catalyst readers and Downtown Partnership members to refine and prioritize some of the themes that have emerged. Final recommendations for the Comprehensive Arts Strategy will be released in April. Please click one of the links below to share your thoughts.