The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is excited to announce our first-ever Arts Business Academy Summit! The Arts Business Academy Summit will bring together emerging artists, community leaders, and talented educators for an impactful two-day professional development experience. Explore topics such as art and technology, art and social justice, & wholesaling your art as you take your arts career to the next level. 


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Limited scholarships available for artists with financial need

Discounted rates available for SPAA members


Join us for a 2-Day Summit at USF St. Petersburg! 

July 22 (8:30 AM - 4:00 PM) - Art & Technology Panel, Choice of Four Breakout Workshops, Networking & Improv

July 23 (10:00 AM - 3:00 PM) - Art & Social Justice Panel, Arts Organization Pitch Competition, Voting & Evaluations, Certificates & Closing


Arts Business Academy Summit Lineup

  • Art & Technology Panel
    • Panelists Include: Kristin Hemphill (FloridaRAMA), Angela Dalton (ARK Invest), Beth Harrison (The Dali Museum), and Veatrice Farrell  (Director, Digital Inclusion - A Cross-Sector Network)
    • Moderator: Terry Marks - CEO, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance
  • Art & Social Justice Panel
    • Panelists Include: Polita Glynn (Filmmaker, Underground History), Rosalie Smith (Safe & Sound Hillsborough), Eric Vaughn (St. Pete City LGBTQ Liaison), and Jake-Ann Jones (Award-winning writer, director, performer, and producer)
    • Moderator: Erica Sutherlin - Executive Director, The Studio @620
  • Art & Wellness
    • Led by Susan Antoinette and Fred Woods (Rootman)
  • Art & Collaboration
    • Led by David Ramsey, Duncan McClellan, Joyce Curvin, and Sue Shapiro
  • Getting Your Art Into Retail Environments
    • Led by Pamela Joy Trow
  • Creating Your Brand and Value
    • Led by Matthew McGee and Cecelia Lueza


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