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Pinellas art students from Osceola High School study at Art Basel in Miami Beach listen

12/10/12 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Over the weekend weekend the town of Miami dedicated almost every public and private space to art, paying tribute to one of the world’s biggest art shows, Art Basel Miami Beach. People come from all across the world to be a part of it, including fifty art students from Osceola High School in Pinellas County.

After walking across the Art Public exhibition in Collins Park and Bass museum, John Stewart, Osceola High’s art, art history and literature teacher, and his students take a break ...

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Preview of Art Basel Miami Beach listen

12/06/12 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday was the official opening of Art Basel Miami Beach, the largest art expo in North America. It is being held at the Miami Beach Convention center until Sunday.

Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, all for sale under one roof with hundreds of artists you may have never heard of, but will still awe and inspire you. Screenings and performances, discussions and public art, this eclectic mix makes up only a portion of Art Basel Miami Beach 2012. Bob Goodman, the Florida...

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Eve Ensler from The Vagina Monologues - Birth

06/21/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Eve Ensler performed from The Vagina Monologues her piece - "I was There-Birth"

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Salvador Dali artwork gets a bath at St. Pete museum listen

06/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Museum patrons in St. Petersburg will have the first ever opportunity to watch giant canvas paintings get cleaned at the Salvador Dali museum. Four of his largest works displayed at the new waterfront museum will be washed and restored over the next two weeks by a team of professional art conservators in an exhibit open to patrons.

“Some of it is very simple. Some of it is vacuum cleaners.”

Hank Hine is the director of The Salvador Dali museum. He said ov...

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Community Stepping Stones offers classes for at risk teens listen

04/16/12 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Recent budget cuts have prompted some nonprofit organizations in Tampa Bay to scale back on their programs. But one organization in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa instead offers more classes and extends their urban arts program to youth and adults.

Until the recent budget cuts at Hillsborough County public schools, for the past 15 years, artist Terry Klaaren has been transforming the walls of public schools into community mural projects.

"And the schools had better budgets a...

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Chalk Festival in Sarasota draws thousands listen

11/09/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Now that the stifling summer weather has ended, outdoor art activities are gearing up in Florida. More than one hundred thousand visitors experienced brightly colored streets at the Sarasota Chalk Festival last week. Street painter Caroline Schultz from Orlando is among the 250 artists from around the world who chalked religious themed art on South Pineapple Avenue in Sarasota. She has been chalking since 1995 using inexpensive hard pastels.

“I have never...

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Florida Department of State launches "Culture Builds Florida" listen

10/25/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida’s Secretary of State announced the launch of Culture Builds Florida today. Almost 200 artists and businesses attended the launch of this initiative to help promote Florida’s arts and cultural communities, and their positive impact on the economy.

Arts and cultural programs are usually the first thing on the chopping block when the state of Florida whittles down the budget, but Florida Secretary of State Kurt Br...

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Nature photography comes into focus at St. Pete's Boyd Hill listen

08/29/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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When you think about Florida, you might think about beaches and amusement parks. But the state is considered a Mecca for many nature photographers and enthusiasts. Photographers of all ages got a glimpse in the secrets of nature photography at a workshop at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg on Saturday.

Barbara Stalbert is a supervisor at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve says that their annual photography contest increases awareness of the preserve through an artistic medium.

“It ...

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Social media on display in St. Pete during Tweetup at Dali Museum listen

08/12/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The St. Petersburg Dali Museum’s first social media night, Get Surreal, kicked off on Thursday August 11. Museum officials presented the art collection and its building to the social media scene and because of this new communication approach, the turnout was a success.

Over 200 people tweeted live using their smartphones and iPads and they scanned QR codes. Museum docent and volunteer Christine Paul said that these bar codes allow the audience to instantly learn...

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Hillsborough County Public Art Committee meets Friday listen

07/14/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tomorrow Hillsborough County’s Public Art Committee will meet. According to their website, the Public Art Committee of Hillsborough County works to select, place, and maintain works of art throughout the county. The committee is in charge of the management and planning of the Public Art Program. Their mission is to visually enhance buildings and other public places and further the understanding of authentic artwork. The Public Art Committee me...

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