Children’s Activities

Learning to love art at an early age

The Art Collectors in Training program: Kids taking ACTion for kids

Now in its tenth year, the Art Collectors in Training (ACT) program 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.

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. Each artwork is labeled with the artist’s names and booth locations so the young art collectors and their accompanying adult(s) can meet with the artists face-to-face. By promoting art ownership, the ACT program provides young people with avenues for personal growth and community relationships. Through ACT, we are investing in the future of our youth and our community.

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. During the 2019 festival, nearly 100 artists donated pieces of art, resulting in a total of $2,612 raised for The Spring of Tampa Bay and NOMADstudio.

This year, the Art Collectors in Training will operate during these times:
Saturday, February 29th: 11am – 3pm
Sunday, March 1st: 11am – 3pm

The Art Collectors in Training area is made possible by these sponsors: Shumaker, 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, February 29th: 10am – 4pm
Sunday, March 1st: 10am – 4pm


Take an adventure through the GFA! Download and print the Adventure Card below or pick up a copy in the Children’s Activity Area, Tampa Museum of Art, Volunteer check-in or Poster & T-Shirt booth!

Download the card at this link: Adventure zine


“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