The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance (SPAA) has announced the return of its garden party brunch this May, the Hats Off To Performing Arts gala. Hosted in the gardens of the Rutland-Farley Estate overlooking the bay in South St. Pete, the event will honor SPAA’s “Arts Advocates of the Year,” Tampa Bay Rays Co-President Brian Auld, the Rays, and the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Hats off To Performing Arts takes place on Sunday, May 7 at 11 am, and tickets are on sale now. Attendees will meet and mingle outside on the grounds of the luscious estate while enjoying special live performances and brunch-inspired food and beverages.
The experience showcases nearly half a dozen artistic performances throughout the beautiful gardens overlooking the bay. Throughout the brunch, guests will be able to enjoy gourmet bites and beverages, as well as opportunities to support SPAA’s work for the arts in the community.
In addition to food, art and performance, Hats Off To Performing Arts is encouraging all to wear their most creative hats and show off their artistic talents by “donning a fantastic hat that speaks to your own creative genius.” Special prizes will be awarded to the “Most Beautiful,” “Most Creative,” and “Most Humorous” hats. There will also be an auction with unique offerings.
The celebration will promote continued support of programs and resources for local artists and arts institutions that ignite creativity, community, and prosperity. Auld, the Rays, and the Rowdies have been ardent supporters of the arts, including such institutions as The Dali, the SHINE Mural Festival, Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Creative Pinellas and the Gasparilla Music Festival and the Gasparilla Film Festival, to name a few.
SPAA provides crucial support for St. Pete artists
SPAA’s Comprehensive Arts Strategy led to the formation of meetings, surveys and one on one discussions with thousands of art leaders, artists and lovers of art within the City of St. Petersburg. The four tenets of the plan are collaboration, purposeful communication, leadership and funding and bench making.
With the genesis of this plan, SPAA is lifting up the arts by supporting individual artists and galleries, creating a city that reflects a Mecca of Museums, promoting performing art venues and performing artists, recognizing the uniqueness of the art districts that comprise the City of St. Petersburg and continuing to educate and advocate for adequate and sustainable funding for the arts as an economic driver.
The brunch garden party celebration will promote continued support of programs and resources for local artists and arts institutions that ignite creativity, community, and prosperity. Proceeds from this event will provide support for:
- Arts Education – in school and after school
- Conducting workshops and education sessions for artists, non-profits and creative businesses
- Increasing impact with our job opportunity board
- The St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk
- Producing ArtBeat – a unique e-newsletter with Opportunities for artists, non-profits and creative businesses
- SHINE, St. Petersburg’s Annual International Mural Festival
- Building capacity for SPAA to carry out its mission