SHINE Mural Festival returns this October in St. Pete

SHINE Mural Festival returns this October in St. Pete

SHINE Mural Festival is one of the most celebrated annual events in the city of St. Pete. The organization is in the process of announcing participating artists for its 7th event. 16 new murals from a mix of local, national, and international artists⁣ will be added to the St. Pete sprawl. 3 Bright Spot Community mural projects ⁣will be a part of the festival, and 4 different SHINE events across the city are in the works.

The event officially returns October 15-24.

In SHINE’s previous in-person iteration, the SHINE event we most remember is Burn. The event included night glassblowing, cocktails inside the Chihuly Exhibit, a live community mural painting, food trucks, and fire dancers.

Photo by a giant Sea Wall Mural

16 new murals happening during SHINE Mural Fest

The first artists to be announced for the event include Greg Mike, Jenipher Chandley, and Mwanel “1-L” Pierre-Louis. Organizers will continue to announce new artists daily. Make sure to follow SHINE Mural Festival on Instagram for the latest news.

It’s an exciting time for the arts in the Sunshine City. A new Picasso Exhibit is headed to The Dali Museum; Warhol’s West is slated for an October debut at The James Museum; the 137,000-square-foot Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement is now open; and Fairgrounds has officially opened its doors to an artistic world all its own.

A new local group called St. Pete Supports Arts (SPSA) is advocating for the idea of guaranteed income for visual artists here in the ‘Burg. On September 7, SPSA founders Kofi Hunt and Rissa Wray hosted the campaign’s first artist roundtable at Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe.

Mural by Princess Smith

A group advocates for guaranteed income for artists in St. Pete

This campaign is modeled after a Pilot Program launched in San Francisco. SF Mayor London Breed announced the city would provide a guaranteed monthly payment of $1,000 for 130 artists for half a year. The program has now expanded to cover 180 artists.

You can keep up with all of St. Pete Supports Arts work by following the group on Instagram.

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