Public art is everywhere, and in some parts of the country you can even still go out and enjoy it. (Sorry, snow-packed Northerners, the public art portion of this blog is headed south for the winter.) This week on Caterpickles, we’re treating ourselves to a quick peek at the street mural scene in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Street Murals of St. Petersburg, Florida
Title: 365 Million Things To Do
Artist: Derek Donnelly
Location: The Morean Arts Center at 719 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Photo Source: Visit St. Pete Clearwater website
For the past four years, the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance has sponsored an annual street art festival. Held in October, the SHINE Mural Festival is an enormous, open-air, art exhibit held all over the city of St. Petersburg. Several new street art pieces are unveiled at the festival every year. The city uses the annual SHINE festival as a way to revitalize once neglected areas, spark conversations, and increase community involvement.
In between festivals, of course, visitors and locals in St. Pete’s are always encouraged to revisit past favorites, like Derek Donnelly’s 365 Million Things To Do mural on the east side of the Morean Arts Center.
Want to see the St. Petersburg murals for yourself?
If you happen to find yourself in St. Petersburg, you can download a map to the various murals from the 2018 SHINE festival here. Alternatively, you can find a list of street art all over St. Pete at the Visit St. Pete Clearwater website.
If you prefer a guided tour, the Florida CraftArt Gallery leads a four-block there-and-back walking tour of 30 murals in the Central Arts District every Saturday morning from 10-11:30 a.m.
Not planning a trip to St. Pete, but want to see the murals anyway? Take a virtual tour of the 2018 SHINE Mural Festival here. The virtual tour includes photographs, artist information, locations, and a bit of background information for each work.
However you see it, drop us a line here at Caterpickles. We’d love to hear what you think.
Want to go, but need help selling it to your kids?
The fact that public art is installed in public spaces creates all sorts of opportunities for family fun. Pack a picnic lunch, and pair the outing with a trip to a nearby park or playground. If you have one, consider bringing your dog.
Don’t have time for a full-fledged outing? Challenge your kids to keep their eyes open while you are out and about doing something else. I bet they (or you) will spot something interesting on your next walk, bike ride, or errand run.
My book, What’s That, Mom?: How to use public art to engage your children with the world around them… without being an artist yourself, is full of tips like these for making public art sightings fun for your entire family.
What’s That, Mom? provides 15 accessible, practical strategies for using public art to spark conversations with children between the ages of 3 and 10 — no artistic talent or insight required. What’s That, Mom? is available at Bookshop.org and Amazon. There’s even a journal to go with it so that your kids can sketch their favorite works of art and you can record your favorite moments from your outing.
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Happy public art hunting!
- SHINE Mural Festival website
- Map to 2018 murals (St. Pete Arts Alliance)
- Virtual tour of the street murals from the 2018 SHINE Mural Festival (Visit St. Pete Clearwater)
- A compendium of posts on the The Dedham Public Art Project, the public art project that originally inspired my book on using public art to spark conversations with your children, What’s That, Mom? (Caterpickles)
- More Caterpickles posts on public art installations around the country