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Creative Arts & Design

Fast facts

  • Top 52 places to visit in the world (New York Times, 2014)
  • Renowned concentration of blown-glass artists
  • 1000+ events annually including the Mainsail Arts Festival, the Sunscreen Film Festival, and the Tampa Bay Blues Festival

Known as the “City of the Arts,” St. Petersburg’s storied arts and culture scene bolsters civic pride and quality of life. Creative Arts and Design is an emerging cluster, gaining traction with high employment concentrations of art dealers, musical groups and artists, photofinishing, commercial photography, and landscape architecture. The sector is an essential economic driver, playing a key role in the city’s tourism.

In St. Petersburg, a symbiotic relationship exists between artists and tourists. The arts and culture scene attracts tourists, who in turn provide a stable source of income supporting the arts. For tourists and locals alike, St. Petersburg offers immense opportunities for enjoying the arts with dozens of top-ranked galleries, theatrical and music venues, world-famous museums and performing arts companies.

As a sector, Creative Arts and Design goes beyond the fine arts to include businesses engaged in graphic design, new media, and gaming. These creative occupations require high levels of technical knowledge, as well as workers with varying skill levels and backgrounds. Locally, several institutions, including the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg and Tampa campuses, Eckerd College, and Pinellas Technical College, offer academic programs in arts, media, communications, and digital productions, cultivating talent for creative careers.

As the cultural capital of Florida, St. Petersburg recently experienced significant media attention when the New York Times listed the city as a top place to see in 2014 and the British newspaper The Independent announced St. Petersburg’s arts scene as a rival to Miami. With a growing reputation and a burgeoning arts scene, St. Petersburg is poised to experience further growth in the Creative Arts and Design sector.

Key institutions


  • Salvador Dali
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Chihuly Collection
  • Holocaust Museum
  • Museum of the American Arts & Crafts Movement (under construction)
  • Tom James Museum of Western Art (under construction)

Galleries & Entertainment

  • Morean Arts Center
  • Mahaffey Theater
  • The Palladium
  • Studio@620
  • Second Saturday Art Walk


  • Triad Retail Media
  • Apan Software
  • RDesign, Inc.
  • Wannemacher Jensen Architects, Inc.
  • Mesh Architecture
  • T2theS

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