Brightest Minds in the Burg Come Together for UNIFIED

On July 27, the United Nations of Tampa Bay presents UNIFIED — Florida’s premier live-art event focused on the themes of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The brightest minds in the Burg will gather at the Morean Center for Clay for an evening of fine art, literature, entrepreneurship and community building.

Featured guests include the prolific and praised artist, Ya La’Ford, who will be installing her latest piece at the center. If you haven’t seen her mural at the Manhattan Casino in the Deuces Live District, or her piece from SHINE Mural Fest in the alley behind the 700 Block of Central Avenue, we recommend you go exploring soon.

Muralists, sculptors and CEOs come together for UNIFIED

Carrie Jadus, who has put her famous touch on the posters for Movies in the Park, will be live painting a mural during the event. Tina Piracci will give guests a taste of the future with her 3D printed sculpture while Helen French puts on a live dance performance. Maureen McDole, founder of Keep St. Pete Lit, will share her acclaimed poetry with guests throughout the evening.

A collection of the area’s most inspiring women will participate in a panel discussion concerning gender equality and leadership. Lorna Taylor, CEO of Premier Eye Care and Chair of TBBCA; Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida; and Beth Houghton, Executive Director of St. Pete Free Clinic will be joined by a few special guests on stage.

Event benefits St. Pete nonprofit organization 

A portion of the proceeds from the evening will go to Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA). Cocktail hour begins at 6pm and the program commences at 6:30pm. Guests will enjoy an open bar and hors d’oeuvres all night.

Tickets are $100 for general admission and can be purchased online. Visit the official event page for more details about UNIFIED and the featured guests.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: