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12/1/2020 Member News

Creative Pinellas Announces the Application Opening for 2021 Professional Artist Grants

 Creative Pinellas announces the return of their Professional Artist Grant, designed to support and sustain Pinellas County’s creative community and to enhance the County as an arts and cultural destination. These grants are awarded annually to Pinellas County artists of outstanding talent and ability who, with a history of increasingly successful work on the local, national, or international stage, bring recognition, awareness and interest to our community, inspire other artists and art lovers, and help make Pinellas County a vibrant arts and cultural community.


The online application period opens on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 and closes on February 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Grants of $5,000 each are open to artists in the disciplines of Dance (choreography or performance), Interdisciplinary Arts, Visual Arts, Music (composition or performance) Literature, Media arts,  and Theatre/Musical Theatre (composition or performance). Program guidelines, grant FAQs, and the online application are available at


“The Professional Artist Grant program reflects Creative Pinellas’ desire to support our professional artists, and to provide them with the resources they need to continue living, working and contributing here in Pinellas County,” said Barbara St. Clair, CEO of Creative Pinellas. “It aligns with our ongoing mission to provide high quality, transformative programs that add value for the people and communities we serve, from artists and arts organizations, to the residents and visitors of Pinellas County.”


A $10,000 Artist Laureate grant may also be presented to the artist determined by overall panel score as well as overall panel input and criteria, and who is interested in and will be able to effectively represent Creative Pinellas. The Artist Laureate would serve as a partner/collaborator with Creative Pinellas, sharing their skills and expertise and supporting the organization’s mission over the grant period.


“We are very excited about our next round of grants to professional artists,” said Tabitha Cervantes, Grant Compliance Specialist at Creative Pinellas.  “Since its inception, this program has progressed and delivered so much to the community. Past recipients of this grant have gone on to help emerging artists as mentors, partnered with Creative Pinellas on charitable projects, shared their knowledge and ideas with the public through artist talks, and exhibited their work for the enjoyment of all. We are so fortunate to live with such a vibrant arts community, and we work to keep that community well supported for the benefit of our residents and visitors alike.”


For more information about Creative Pinellas and all its grant programs, please visit or email


About Creative Pinellas


At Creative Pinellas our mission is to foster and sustain a vibrant, inclusive, and collaborative arts community across Pinellas County. We provide support, connection, and opportunities to artists, organizations, and the public in order to grow and sustain the area as an internationally recognized arts and cultural destination.

We are focused on creating vibrant communities; supporting artists, arts organizations and the creative community; supporting economic development; 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.