North Pinellas Cultural Alliance Receives Creative Pinellas Grant
The North Pinellas Cultural Alliance has been awarded the 2017 Creative Pinellas Impact Returns Grant. The funds are made available from the “State of the Arts” License Plate sales created by Legislation in 1994. Funds collected through the sale of these specialty plates are distributed to the counties where the plates are sold and are used to support arts organizations, programs, and activities within that county.
The North Pinellas Cultural Alliance mission is to unify and promote arts, historical and cultural initiatives in North Pinellas to improve the profile and image of participating organizations and municipalities.
Over the last few years Pinellas County have seen tremendous growth in arts and cultural activities, fueled by the expansion in South Pinellas's St. Petersburg area. Numerous editorials have detailed how the arts are an economic catalyst that improves tourism and increases local revenues and how South Pinellas has been successful in achieving a new level of accomplishment. There has been considerable investment by the City of St. Petersburg and the private sector to help secure St. Petersburg as the leading location for arts and culture which, in turn, has attracted a great deal of media exposure. In order to achieve the above goals a group of citizens created the North Pinellas Cultural Alliance, a formal organization representing Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar and Tarpon Springs.
Recently the alliance sponsored a new public art installation titled, "Renaissance Octopus" a crosswalk mural located at Veteran's Memorial Drive, Safety Harbor. Another project involves “Give Me Shelter” Humanity at Work, an open call to local artists to design a bus stop located in the city of Dunedin. “We can’t wait for more of these types of art installations and projects to begin appearing all over North Pinellas,” says interim North Pinellas Cultural Alliance Executive Director Susan Zinkel.
North Pinellas Cultural Alliance has hired local Internet media company, Thunder Media Group, Inc. of Oldsmar, with its Creative Pinellas grant. Thunder will be managing the organization’s website, social media, marketing and membership initiatives. “We are excited to be given the opportunity to work with everyone at the North Pinellas Cultural Alliance. We know how important the arts and cultural activities are to our community and are honored to be involved. We can’t wait to get started and to be a part of something so important to the area!” says Thunder’s President, Stephanie Frank. (www.thundermediagroup.com)
For more information, how to get involved or news about North Pinellas Cultural Alliance, please visit www.npcainc.org or call 727-755-0549.