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4/20/2020 Member News

Creative Pinellas Announces Artists for Pinellas County Mural Program

Creative Pinellas is pleased to announce that Carlos Culbertson (Zulu Painter), Cecilia Lueza, and Ricardo Delgado have been selected for the Community Enrichment Mural Program in partnership with Pinellas County. Three right-of-way locations will be transformed with murals: East Lake Road, south of Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs, Belcher Road, north of Alderman Road and Belcher Road, south of Alderman Road. The mural program, which launched last year, was designed to turn ordinary spaces into community landmarks with powerful artworks.

The artists were chosen through a rigorous open call process by a panel of curators, artists and arts leaders from throughout the county. The panel carefully reviewed the impressive applications and made decisions based on the portfolio, CV and artist’s statement each applicant submitted. 

“Given the current situation we are in,” said Barbara St. Clair, CEO of Creative Pinellas, “the start date for mural painting is not known. However, selecting the artists now gave us a chance to support them both financially and creatively and allows the artists plenty of time for developing ideas.”

All three of the selected artists reside in Pinellas County and have extensive mural experience locally as well as internationally. They share the use of bold, vibrant color and upbeat, energetic designs but each has their own sense of style and will bring a unique point of view to their given locations.

The three murals are made possible through a partnership between Creative Pinellas (the County’s Local Arts Agency) and the Pinellas County Public Works Transportation Division.  It is part of Creative Pinellas’ on-going effort to make arts and arts experiences accessible to all residents of and visitors to Pinellas County, as well as to showcase the work of artists who call Pinellas home.  

“The first mural that was completed last year as part of the pilot program generated a positive response from both the county and the community,” said Ken Jacobs, Transportation Division Director. “We are pleased to once again be partnering with Creative Pinellas in continuing this effort aimed at reducing graffiti on public infrastructure and enhancing our rights-of-way.”

Creative Pinellas will be sharing updates and progress on its creativepinellas.org as the artists’ work gets underway.  Depending on when painting gets underway, residents and visitors may have the opportunity to drop by and see the them in action, during the process.

For more information visit  www.creativepinellas.org/muralarts or contact Jenipher Chandley at muralarts@creativepinellas.org.

 

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.