St. Petersburg, FL – Arts and Culture Destination

Dated: January 29 2024

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Posted by Sharon Fennell Kennedy: Monday, January 29, 2024: St. Petersburg, FL: Pinellas County

St. Petersburg’s arts and culture roots are firmly anchored by a collection of museums and cultural attractions unique to the city - the Salvador Dali Museum, the Chihuly Collection presented by Morean Arts Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, the St. Petersburg Museum of History, The Florida Holocaust Museum, Morean Arts Center, Florida CraftArt, Sunken Gardens, Great Explorations, the African American Heritage Trail, the Museum of American Arts and Crafts Movement, the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, and the Imagine Museum.

Across the city seven distinct arts districts blend to create a vibrant arts and cultural destination for visitors and residents alike. Central Avenue is bike, walk, and scooter friendly. While street and some garage parking are available, use of public transportation options like the Downtown Looper and Central Avenue Trolley is encouraged. Most districts are highly walkable and flow into each other, punctuated by great restaurants, shopping, and small businesses. Here is a listing of museums and galleries. (https://www.stpete.org/visitors/art_districts.php)

Vibrant Creative Community by District

The Waterfront Museum District
From Beach Drive to 3rd St, between 7th Ave N. and 7th Ave S. is the Waterfront Museum District. Featuring some of St. Petersburg’s most fashionable dining and shopping destinations as well as independent galleries and museums, this district is characterized by The Dalí Museum, Mahaffey Theater, and St. Petersburg’s sparkling waterfront park system. The Waterfront Museum District also includes the St. Petersburg Museum of History, the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, the Museum of American Arts and Crafts Movement, Museum of Fine Arts, Renaissance Vinoy Resort’s History Gallery, American Stage Theater Company, the Palladium, and the St. Pete Pier.

Uptown Arts District
Along Dr. M.L.K. Jr. St. N. from 5th Ave. N. to 34th Ave. N., a growing district comprises a variety of locally owned retail, galleries, yoga studios, event venues, restaurants, and cafés. Newly designated bike lanes make two-wheeled travel to and from this district safer and more efficient and its proximity to neighboring parks make it an attractive destination for well-rounded outings. Local artist Chad Mize hosts rotating shows of local and visiting artists out of MIZE Gallery, an anchor in the district.

Central Avenue Arts District
Nestled between the 300 and 700 block of Central Avenue, the Central Arts District boasts a dense population of independent artists, studios, galleries, boutiques, handmade crafts, and live music. Visit the Central Arts District for Studio@620, Florida CraftArt, Art Lofts, the Morean Arts Center, the Florida Holocaust Museum, and the Chihuly Collection. Culinary options abound and several live music venues feature local and national talent seven nights a week in this walkable district.

The EDGE District
From Dr. M.L.K. Jr. St. to 16th St. between 1st Avenues North and South, the EDGE District offers a vibrant and eclectic collection of art, independent business, mural art, and frequent events. The 7-block district is easily walkable and features restaurants, a microbrewery, and a multitude of bars and craft beer pubs, as well as shopping for everything from fine art to folk art, designer apparel to bohemian couture, and curated coastal chic décor.

Grand Central District
Located just west of downtown from 16th to 31st Streets between 1st Avenues North and South, Grand Central District is a mix of museums and galleries, antique stores, and specialty retail. Imagine Museum, a contemporary glass museum, as well as independent breweries, design studios, and boutique restaurants and cafés.

Deuces Live District
The area around 22nd Street South and 9th Ave South makes up the Deuces Live District. During segregation, this was the heart of a vibrant and prosperous African American community—the former hub of Black business, homes, and entertainment on St. Pete’s South Side. Surviving decades of blight caused by the construction of I-275, the heartbeat of this community is still strong and today the Deuces Live District embraces the city’s rich African American heritage with a mix of locally owned service and specialty businesses, including art galleries and restaurants. Must-sees in this district include the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum and the African American Heritage Trail.

Warehouse Arts District
From 16th St. to 31st St. between 1st Ave. N. & 10th Ave. S., the Warehouse Arts District has transformed from a primarily industrial area to a community of emerging and established artists. The Pinellas Trail runs through the entire district, and the wide-open warehouse spaces accommodate large-scale creative processes and projects, making big art creations accessible to more than a select few. Home to Duncan McClellan Gallery, Fairgrounds St. Pete , Morean Arts Center for Clay, and ArtsXchange, the Warehouse Arts District invites visitors to come see where art is made.

Bottom Line: St. Petersburg is ranked as a top arts and cultural destination among cities its size. Home to world-famous museums and independent galleries, a thriving performing arts scene, film festivals, and live music, the city is a close-knit community of working artists and craftspeople.

Related Links:
Culture Continues Fueling Ascension of St. Petersburg, Florida
Paint the Town: St. Petersburg reinvents itself as a new creative capital

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About the author: Sharon Fennell Kennedy is a real estate blogger for The Mesimer Team – REMAX/Metro in St. Petersburg, FL and grant writer specializing in non-profits. She enjoys antiquing and repurposing flea market finds, yoga, walking and reading. You can connect with Sharon on www.Estelia.com or www.sharon-kennedy.com

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