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Deadline: Rolling

St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s Funding Futures Program

Opens Up to Virtual Summer Arts Camps in Light of Covid Quarantine

Applications are open to talented low-income students ages 10-17 in Pinellas County who aspire to be musicians, actors, dancers, writers or visual artists.

Financial challenges often prevent students from pursuing artistic fields. St. Pete Arts Alliance’s Funding Futures Student Award Program is dedicated to helping students nurture their creative interests and develop their expressive talent by providing funding and connecting them to local summer arts camps — both in person and now, virtually.

Organizations can nominate students to attend one of their summer arts camps virtually (or in person when restrictions are lifted) to help further their artistic success — and we’ll provide the funding.

Parents can also submit student applications for students who wish to attend a St. Petersburg Arts Camp either virtually or in person.

Funds may be used for:

  • Tuition for summer arts programs — virtual or live
  • Musical instrument rental, purchase or repair
  • Equipment or supplies for a special artistic project
  • Individual instruction or master class tuition

“While we don’t know when our community will be allowed back to business as usual (whatever that may look like in the future), we do know that our students need our assistance right now. We are adapting our Funding Futures guidelines to allow for online instruction in virtual settings.

“As you know, creative thinking, problem solving, communication and cooperation are attributes and skills that are learned through the making of art — all of which contribute to the mental and emotional growth of a child,” explains Tracy Kennard, who coordinates the program.

Funding Futures is designed to identify and encourage talented low-income emerging artists, ages 10-17 in Pinellas County seeking St. Petersburg programs in dance, music, jazz, voice, theater, digital arts, writing, photography, cinematic arts or visual arts. The program is open to all talented artists regardless of ethnic or social background, or ability/disability.

For application information, email

Read quotes from participants and find out how your student — or your arts organization — can participate on the Funding Futures page.