Art Collectors in Training

Saturday, February 28, 2015
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Downtown Tampa
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

The Art Collectors in Training program

Kids taking ACTion for kids

To continue encouraging the appreciation of the arts in youth, Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts developed the Art Collectors in Training (ACT) program in 2010, which is now in its 6th year.

The ACT program was developed for children between the ages of 6 and 14 as an opportunity for kids to view and purchase a piece of art on exhibit from participating artists.

Last year, more than 130 artists donated 700 small pieces of art to the ACT collection. Children shopped in a “kids-only” shopping zone, purchasing items priced at $5 to $10. Artwork was labeled with the artists’ names and booth locations so the children and their parents could meet with the artists face to face. 

Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is dedicated to the strengthening of the foundation of the arts through youth in our community and with outreach support to a local nonprofit organization. At the 2013 festival, we raised approximately $4,700 from the ACT program for the Children’s Cancer Center.

The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts thanks the The Brink Foundation, of Tampa for their dollar for dollar match to all monies raised in the ACT program during the 2014 festival.

By promoting ownership in art, the program provides children avenues for personal growth and community relationships. Through ACT, we are investing in the future of our neighborhoods and our children.

This year, the Art Collectors in Training area will operate during these times:

Saturday, February 28: 11am – 3pm

Sunday, March 1: 11am – 3pm