A traveling public art project, SPACEcraft, brings shipping container studios to Pinellas

Rendering of a shipping container arts village

Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties are driven and elevated by the arts. It’s evident in events such as SHINE Mural Festival and Fresh Fest. This fact is equally underscored by the fervor so many in the community have for projects like Bluebird Books Bus, NOMAD Art Bus, and Keep St. Pete Lit — the nonprofit will soon have a new office inside the anticipated Factory St. Pete concept. The latest addition in the arts outreach sector is SPACEcraft, a socially-engaged, traveling art project in Pinellas County designed to build a sense of community by encouraging people to interact and create together.

Repurposing locally sourced shipping containers, SPACEcraft will land in each host community for six weeks of facilitated creative programs inspired by the themes of Make, Play, Read, and Grow.

Live performances, and instructor-led art classes

This one-of-a-kind project is funded by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, and is scheduled to travel throughout the county with new stops every eight weeks.

The first SPACEcraft location will be in Oldsmar, FL, at 100 State Street in the east parking lot of City Hall. The launch will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting Saturday, March 14 from 10am – 10:30am, followed by programming until 2pm. Activities will include sculpture making, a magnetic poetry wall, a free library, a drum circle, and seed planting.

Traveling to cities throughout Pinellas County

It will be in Oldsmar from March 14-April 22. Visitors will be able to enjoy SPACEcraft anytime during Oldsmar City Hall hours (M-F 9am-5pm).

SPACEcraft will be deployed to locations in Largo, Seminole, Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg in the coming months. You can see a full schedule on SPACEcraft’s website.

The modular system of engagement centers will feature art studios, a reading room, a stage for musical performances, and even a learning space for gardening, meditation, yoga and personal wellness.

SPACEcraft will offer self-guided and instructor-led activities. Drum circles, short story and poetry readings, and art installations are all planned for the public art project.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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