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4/20/2016 Member News
St. Petersburg Festival, SPF16 Celebrates the Arts

Date: April 20, 2016
For Immediate Release, Please
Contact: John Collins,, 727.518.542
Jessica Higgins,, 727-821-9888


Celebrating St. Petersburg’s well known reputation as a leading arts and cultural destination, the Suncoasters of St. Petersburg will again present the St. Petersburg Festival, SPF16, a celebration of the arts throughout September.

SPF16 features events and activities produced by local and national artists, arts organizations and arts-related businesses in and around the City’s unique arts districts. SPF16 will again kick off with the Shine Mural Festival, followed by weekly spotlights on all the arts, including fine arts, performing arts, and a family arts festival in conjunction with the Central Ave Solstice Festival. SPF16 will conclude with the grand opening of the Chihuly Exhibit at its new location on October 1.

Scott Brainard, Co-Chair of the Suncoaster’s Festival Committee states, “We celebrate the arts and we encourage the business community to embrace SPF16 and engage the arts in their day-to-day businesses.”

“This is an opportunity for the entire city’s arts and cultural scene to shine for residents, tourists and the travel industry as a whole. It is a great way to bring new visitors to the city and a great way to highlight our artists and arts organizations to prospective visitors, media and residents” states Wayne Atherholt, director of the Office of Cultural Affairs.

John Collins Executive Director of the Arts Alliance adds, “We ask our arts and cultural organizations that are producing programs in September to contact us now. We will see how the events fit the festival’s schedule of fine arts, performing arts and family festival events.”

SPF16 is presented by the Suncoasters of St. Petersburg, produced by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance with support from the City of St. Petersburg Office of Cultural Affairs. For more information visit the Suncoasters website.

The Suncoasters of St. Petersburg are a civic organization comprised of nearly 200 business leaders who donate their time and resources to produce events that celebrate the City of St. Petersburg to be enjoyed by the total community.

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance strives to be the community voice, the umbrella organization for the arts -- facilitating artists, arts organizations and creative businesses to work collaboratively; empowering the growth of the arts community, and driving arts-related economic development.