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St. Pete Store pumps $4,000 into arts community in its first month

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Results are in and the newly opened St. Pete Store exceeded opening-month expectation. The Chamber of Commerce-run store featuring locally produced trinkets brought in more than $6,600 in its first 30-days. That means $4,000 went back into the hands of local artists. The store shares 60 percent of its proceeds with artists who stock the store using just 40 percent for its operating costs. The store was created as a brick-and-mortar, one-stop shop where tourists could nab some souvenirs while…

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USF department dean sues former employee for defamation

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A tiff between USF’s head of the USF College of the Arts and a former assistant music professor continues to get heated. James Moy, the department’s dean, is suing former employee Jill Brasky for defamation of character. In a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County Court November 17, Moy sites information in a federal lawsuit he says show she began slandering his character as early as January 4 of last year. That date is just two days after Moy recommended denying…

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Wayne Atherholt has an incentive for supporting BP settlement plan

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St. Pete’s cultural affairs office director Wayne Atherholt has an idea to sweeten the deal for City Council to approve Mayor Rick Kriseman’s plan to include $1 million for an arts endowment in the uses for BP settlement funds. According to Nonprofit Quarterly, Atherholt wants to raise additional funds to add to the pot. Already, the mayor’s plan would create $40,000 a year in additional grant money available to the arts. That figure grows the more money is put into…

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Dali Museum kicks off SPF 15 with party tonight

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St. Pete’s SPF 15 arts and culture celebration officially kicks off this evening at the Dali Musuem with a celebration beginning at 7 p.m. Events will be occurring throughout the month of September at various spots around the city. Already underway is the Shine Mural Festival showcasing more than 10 large wall murals being painted on buildings lining the streets of St. Pete. The festival continues through September 12. Muralists and murals are located at 14 locations across the city including…

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Pinellas County Commission poised to restore funding for the arts

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Pinellas County commissioners indicated they’d be amenable to granting Creative Pinellas $300,000 for increasing programs supporting the arts. During a budget meeting Tuesday, board members heard a presentation from the arts advocacy group in which they requested additional funding for two targeted efforts — marketing and brand growth and project funding and community engagement. “The arts industries are a sound investment,” said Mitzi Gordon, director of Creative Pinellas. According to Gordon, investment in the arts contributes to many key social…

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