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3/6/2020 Member News

Creative Pinellas Announces ArtsCatalyst Grants An Opportunity for Arts & Cultural Experiences at Local Summer Camps

 Creative Pinellas is pleased to announce the return of its Arts Catalyst Grant, created to make it possible for more young people in Pinellas County (ages 5 – 18) to have great arts and cultural experiences at area summer camps this year.  Eligible campers, who include students who attend Title I schools, receive a reduced or free lunch, live in designated neighborhoods, or meet other requirements, can apply directly to Creative Pinellas for a grant to attend one session of an arts-related camp program this summer.  Camp attendance can be at qualified non-profit Pinellas County arts organizations, community centers, city parks and rec programs and more.  


“With this grant we have found a way to get more funds into the community and to make a difference in young people’s lives through high quality arts experiences,” said Barbara St. Clair, CEO of Creative Pinellas. “Last year, 65% of the young people who participated in this program had never been to day camp and 85% had never had any meaningful arts experiences, so we know with this grant, we can serve more people, we can support more organizations, and we can make camp and the arts more accessible to all, which is one of our key areas of focus as an organization.”


Creative Pinellas has made it ultra-easy to apply for the grants.  There is an online application on their website and links to organizations that offer arts-related camp programs. The webpage provides detailed information about eligibility and how to complete the process.


“By participating in the Art Catalyst Grant, we were able to expand our summer programming to partner with multiple summer camps in our community,” said Maureen McDole, Executive Director of Keep St. Pete Lit.  “The grant was extremely accessible to both us and parents who applied. This allowed us to stretch our resources to reach a larger group of youth than ever before.”


For more information about the ArtsCatalyst grant including eligibility requirements, complete guidelines and an application, go to or email with any questions you may have.


For more information about Creative Pinellas, it’s programs and activities, please visit or contact Sherri Kelly, Manager of Communications and Brand Relations at

About Creative Pinellas


At Creative Pinellas our mission is to facilitate a vibrant, integrated, collaborative and

sustainable Pinellas County Arts Community and cultural destination. We strive to be the premier Local Arts Agency, recognized locally and globally for our contribution to arts and culture. We are focused on creating vibrant communities; supporting artists, arts organizations and the creative community; supporting economic development; showcasing Pinellas County as a cultural destination; and making arts and creative expression and experience available to all.


As the County’s Local Arts Agency, Creative Pinellas and the programs we deliver are funded by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, Visit St Petersburg / Clearwater, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and by sales of the State of the Arts specialty license plate in Pinellas County.