Learning to love art at an early age
The Art Collectors in Training program: Kids taking ACTion for kids
Now in its eight year, Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts developed the Art Collectors in Training (ACT) program in 2010. ACT was organized to encourage the appreciation of the arts in young people, ages 6 through 14, as an opportunity for them to view and purchase artwork on exhibit from artists participating in the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.
Last year, more than 125 artists donated 580 pieces of art to the ACT program. Young people shop in a “kids-only” shopping zone. Most items can be purchased for $5-$10, with a small portion of the more valuable pieces of art priced slightly higher. Artwork is labeled with the artists’ names and booth locations so the young art collector and their accompanying adult(s) can meet with the artists face to face.
By promoting ownership in art, the program provides – young people with avenues for personal growth and community relationships. Through ACT, we are investing in the future of our neighborhoods and our youth.
Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is dedicated to strengthening the foundation of the arts through youth in our community and providing outreach support to local nonprofit organizations. At the 2016 festival, the ACT program raised approximately $3,800 for the Children’s Cancer Center. This year, the ACT program will raise funds for two nonprofit organizations within the Tampa Bay Area: Children’s Cancer Center and NOMADstudio.
This year, the Art Collectors in Training area is located in Kiley Garden and will operate during these times:
Saturday, March 4th: 11am – 3pm
Sunday, March 5th: 11am – 3pm
The Art Collectors in Training area is made possible by these sponsors: Shumaker, BECK, Friends of the John F. Germany Public Library and Creatives Refired.
The Children’s Activity Area, coordinated by the Tampa Museum of Art
The Children’s Activity Area, coordinated by the Tampa Museum of Art, gives children the unique opportunity to learn actual techniques from our participating artists. Kids can also color, paint and draw – and experience being real artists of their own.
Children’s Area Hours:
Saturday, March 5th: 10am – 4pm
Sunday, March 6th: 10am – 4pm
“We had lots of photos saved that we no longer sold or had a slight flaw. Not wanting to toss it the ACT Program was able to use our slightly flawed or prints we no longer sell. It was a perfect match. Now we set aside our discontinued prints for this program, knowing an appreciative kid will adopt them and contribute to this wonderful cause.
Almost all the kids who come into the tent to meet the artists are bashful at first, but I just ask them which one they picked, they show me, and then they light up when I tell them something about their picture. It’s has been an awarding experience meeting the kids who collect are truly future art collectors”
–Bill Sargent, Artist