Learning to love art at an early age
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 750 pieces of art to the ACT collection. Children shopped in a “kids-only” shopping zone. Most items can be purchased for $5-$10, with some pieces are priced higher, depending on the artist’s recommendation. Artwork was labeled with the artists’ names and booth locations so the children and their accompanying adult could meet with the artists face to face.
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 a local nonprofit organization. At the 2014 festival, we raised approximately $4,800 from the ACT program for the Children’s Cancer Center.
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.
The Art Collectors in Training area is made possible by these sponsors: Shumaker, BECK, Friends of the Library and Creatives Refired.
This year, the Art Collectors in Training area will be in a new location in Kiley Garden will operate during these times:
Saturday, March 5th: 11am – 3pm
Sunday, March 6th: 11am – 3pm
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