Arts & Cultural Affairs

Lights on Tampa

Lights on Tampa

Leaders Row at Perry Harvey Park

Leaders Row at Perry Harvey Sr. Park

Visual Welcome by Yaacov Agam

Visual Welcome by Yaacov Agam

Gateway Sculptures at Perry Harvey, Sr. Park by James Simon

Gateway Sculptures at Perry Harvey, Sr. Park by James Simon

West Tampa Water Tank by the Goetzinger Brothers

West Tampa Water Tank by the Goetzinger Brothers

Wave by Mary Ann Unger

Wave by Mary Ann Unger

Stay Curious by Tes One and Bask Poe Parking Garage Photo Credit Nicole Abbett

Stay Curious by Tes One and Bask

Perry Harvey, Sr. Statue by Joel Randell

Perry Harvey, Sr Statue by Joel Randell

HEARD TPA  Performance by Nick Cave for Lights on Tampa 2015  Photo Credit Matt May

HEARD TPA Performance by Nick Cave

Cenotaph and Ceremonial Space - Photo Credit George Cott

Cenotaph and Ceremonial Space

The City of Tampa’s Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs plays a key role in telling the story of our city; it also humanizes the built environment and invigorates public spaces. Artwork commissioned through any of the programs under the division may provide an intersection between past, present and future, between disciplines, and between ideas.

Lights on Tampa
Lights on Tampa

Lights on Tampa returns with critically acclaimed art in the downtown core.

Perry Harvey Park

Perry Harvey, Sr. Park

The art installations at Perry Harvey, Sr. Park in East downtown work together in an attempt to tell the story of the abundant contributions of the African American community and Historic Central Avenue. This artwork was made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 Julian B Lane Park

Julian B Lane Park

One of Tampa’s premier downtown parks, Julian B. Lane Riverfront park features Public Art that is engaging, thoughtful and recognizes the foundations of the past, folklore and history of West Tampa.  Winner of the American Architecture Award, artists worked alongside planners on placement and content of their artwork

Cenotaph
Cenotaph

American Indians throughout the Western Hemisphere have a unique and rightful connection to place The Cenotaph and Ceremonial Space in Cotanchobee / Fort Brooke, marks such a place. Apache artist, Bob Haozous, designed the large canopy sculpture and text panels were added by historians that recount aspects of  the site’s complex history’s including the Seminole Song of Removal, maps, and a muster roll. Learn more or watch the video.

Saga of St. Benedict - photo of Sisters of St. Joseph with children
Saga of St. Benedict

This site pays tribute to the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine who, in the era of segregation, taught the children of Afro-Cuban workers of the Ybor City cigar industry. In an effort to recognize the integrity, the history of the site, a poem by James E. Tokley, Sr., is engraved in the sidewalk at the original location of the school, north of I-4, at Columbus Drive and 20th Street.  This project also involves a complex historic preservation project spearheaded by the Florida Department of Transportation.  Saga of St. Benedict video

Sunrise behind 9/11 Memorial
9-11 memorial

Designed by Wilder Architecture, this memorial on Bayshore Blvd at Bay to Bay is a one-one hundredth the scale of the actual site of the World Trade Center and is an artifact recovered from the World Trade Center after the attacks on September 11, 2001 and is displayed in memory of the nearly 3,000 victims including over 400 first responders.

University of Tampa minarets in coloring book with crayons on top

Coloring Book

Grab your crayons! Download pages of Color Me Tampa! for a colorful way to learn about our city.

Story of Tampa Mural

Story of Tampa Mural

Artist Lynn Ash to create a large painting that would weave together many of the notable aspects of Tampa's unique character and identity.