Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Greetings from Tampa -- City of Tampa gets Creative on the web

Greetings from Tampa FloridaChanging times in Tampa.

"I want to make sure that the arts are part of everything we do. We need to make sure that the arts are part of every neighborhood. We need to make sure that we continue to have art in public places...we want people to know that Tampa is a city of the arts." - Mayor Pam Iorio

Check out the online Creative City newsletter from the City of Tampa,

Traffic Signal Box, Tampaor their Art in public places project, which includes a traffic signal painting project in the Westshore business district,

or the "Color Me Tampa" coloring book for children that features Tampa's public art & landmarks and teaches local history,

then compare it to the Washington Experience or even (I'm sorry) the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities website.
From the Tampa Bay Business Journal, 4:23 PM EDT Monday, July 11, 2005

City of Tampa gets creative on the Web

The City of Tampa's Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs has just launched a Web site to keep the community abreast of local arts events and issues. The site is linked to the city's "Creative City" quarterly newsletter. The site and newsletter feature stories on photographers, art festivals, an animation studio and the city's Creative Industries Council.

The Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs provides oversight to the Tampa Museum of Art and the Public Art Program. It's also a liaison to the city's arts and cultural activities and venues. Arts organizations contributed $521.3 million to the Tampa Bay area economy in 2004, according to a survey conducted by the Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts. That was a 29.6 percent increase from 1999, when the committee conducted its previous survey.


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