Five Pinellas County arts organizations have teamed up to plan the Regional Arts Summit - Maximizing the Arts Economic Impact for Pinellas County.
The summit will be held July 21 at the EpiCenter, 138805 58th St. N. in Clearwater.
St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, Creative Pinellas, Clearwater Arts Alliance, North Pinellas Cultural Alliance and Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts will take part in the venture.
The Arts Alliance conducted surveys in 2016 to assess nonprofit cultural organizations’ budgets and impact on community, not just the arts but also tourism and other business.
Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts' vice president of research and policy, to make the summit’s keynote presentation. Cohen will discuss findings of the group’s Arts & Economic Prosperity Study. Additionally, attendees will have an opportunity to meet sponsors and grant benefactors during panel discussions.
“The arts are a powerful tool that help communities thrive while educating and enriching,” Bill Goede, Tampa Bay market president for Bank of America, an event sponsor, said in a press release. “The study and the Arts Summit help quantify and disseminate the value of a thriving arts county and will be useful in ensuring that our creative industries are sustained.”
The Regional Arts conference will feature industry leaders, present keynote speakers and offer results of recent regional studies of importance to the arts community. This will be the first countywide event to showcase the cooperation of all five agencies in one location.