New Art Center Provides Therapy, Healing for Veterans, Active Military and their Families

The Veterans Art Center in St. Pete is poised to host its grand opening on Friday March 25 from 11am-8pm. The mission of the art center — located in Gaslight Square Plaza at 6798 Crosswinds Drive North — is to provide therapy, healing/wellness and educational programming for veterans, active military, first responders and their families.


Florida’s first art center dedicated to veterans

The organization, founded by MAJ (Ret.) Scott “Mack” Macksam, provides active support for classes at the Morean and Dunedin Arts Centers and provides free studio space. Veterans and active Military are also given the opportunity to show and sell their work at the art center.

Florida’s first art center dedicated to veterans will host their grand opening celebration on March 25. The festivities will run from 11am-8pm, with a ribbon cutting ceremony planned for 3pm. The event will feature the Global Ambassador for Arts and Entertainment for the U.S. Military, First Responders and their Families – Billboard charting artist, and Navy Veteran – B. Taylor.


Grand Opening celebration is family- and pet-friendly

There will be a kids art zone, street performers, art demos and food trucks at this pet-friendly event. Interested residents can help support VACTB through the donation of art supplies, volunteering to help coordinate events and by becoming a sponsor.

Beyond their doors, VACTB helps to support individual art shows. On March 8, they’re hosting an event at the Blue Cigar Bar Lounge on March 8 where they’ll be honoring and showcasing Ms Saori Muprhy, US Army Veteran.

You can learn more about their art center, their initiatives and upcoming showcases on their website and Facebook page.



*Article by Andrew Harlan (, writer/editor of I Love The Burg

Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. A graphic designer by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation. In 2009, he helped develop the brand for I Love the Burg and in 2014 developed the branding for That's So Tampa and has been a regular contributor to both ever since.