March 2-3

Downtown Tampa

Kiley Garden

Kiley Garden 2019 Program

Kiley Garden will host 15 Emerging Artists, Food Vendors, the VIP Experience, and a variety of fun, interactive experiences including:

Carmada: Carmada returns to Tampa’s Kiley Garden for its seventh year Art Car Extravaganza during Gasparilla Festival of the Arts 2019. See new art cars on display and watch as vehicles are transformed live by local artists! Enjoy hands-on creative activities for all ages while our DJs spin throughout the afternoon. What’s an art car? It’s any standard vehicle modified into mobile artwork through application of paint, sculptural embellishment, and other techniques. Visitors to Kiley Garden will be encouraged to vote on their favorite art car, with prizes going to the artists. Don’t miss this free, fun, family-friendly celebration of art on wheels!   Visit CARMADA on facebook.

Scholastic Showcase: A must-see exhibition of artwork created by talented student artists representing public high schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. The Festival juror will select one piece for the Scholastic Showcase award, which includes a cash award to the artist and a donation to the student’s school for its visual arts program.  Also on display are the pieces submitted by Hillsborough County elementary and middle school students as part of the Festival’s K-8 program, one of which will be printed on a limited-run children’s t-shirt (available for purchase during the Festival).

DMG Mobile Glass Blowing Unit: Duncan McClellan will bring his “glass art” experience, demonstrating the incredible glassblowing process in front of your very eyes.

Echo Quilt: Straddling the line between large-scale public art and traditional infrastructure, Echo Quilt will engage participants as an interactive sculpture with capabilities both for recording or listening to community driven stories.

AIA Interactive Experience: Inspired by the movie “Up”, visitors to Kiley Garden will ascend through a vibrant balloon gateway, passing displays of 2018 AIA award winners, and culminating with a Tiny Home building, featuring coloring books titled “Color Tampa Bay”.

Artistic Entertainment: Enjoy artistically themed entertainment and performances, including dance, puppets, stilt walkers, music, impersonators, visual artists, and more!

NOMADstudio: At street level, adjacent to Kiley Garden, the NOMADstudio Art Bus invites visitors to add to their giant mobile mural.

Carmada, the NOMADstudio Art Bus, and other Kiley Garden programming is made possible in part with the support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. Learn how you can help fuel the arts in Hillsborough County by visiting