A Lifestyle Of Art And Culture
Take a trolley ride or little walk from Olympus Harbour Island Apartments
A renaissance has taken place along the river. Tampa River Arts District offers new museums, the performing arts and vast open spaces. The Tampa River Arts District has become a destination for art aficionados and those who appreciate culture and nature. The Tampa Museum of Art, the Glazer Children’s Museum, the large urban oasis of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, and the Tampa Riverwalk are signature amenities in the River Arts District in Tampa.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park: It’s six acres of serenity. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park into a lush, urban green space overlooking the scenic Hillsborough River and the University of Tampa. The park connects to the Tampa Riverwalk creating a picturesque pathway between art and culture.
Glazer Children’s Museum: In 2010, the new 53,000-square-foot facility opened and now provides a learning environment built to inspire children and families and give them the opportunity to play and discover. Visitors can interact with each other as they cooperate and learn from the exhibits and from each other.
John F. Germany Public Library: With a permanent art collection and rotating exhibits, as well as a variety of fun and educational programs, the John F. Germany Public Main Library is the flagship library of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System. Among its large collection of books, the John F. Germany Public Library offers classes on computer skills, lectures by authors, exhibits by local artists, and an annual calendar of activities to keep downtown residents engaged.
Jobsite Theatre is the official, professional resident theater company at Shimberg Playhouse at The Straz Center, serving the Tampa Bay area since 1998.
Patel Conservatory: Learn a new instrument or pick up some new dance moves. You can even hone your skills on stage. The classes at the Patel Conservatory can make dreams come true within a 45,000-square-foot-facility attached to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Many of the instructors are working professionals offering lessons in all disciplines of performing arts.
David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts: Broadway’s best are sure to make a stop at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Recognized as one of the top facilities of its type in the nation, it has five distinct theaters, presenting a wide variety of concerts, performances and events. The more than 750 curtain calls attracting more than 700,000 patrons annually make this place a venue attracting memorable shows and theater enthusiasts alike.
Tampa Museum of Art: Home to fabulous art is a piece of artwork itself. The Tampa Museum of Art rests along the edge of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park offering 66,000 square feet of exhibit space. Its shimmering aluminum exterior compliments the surrounding landscape against the water and features state-of-the-art galleries for a growing collection of classical and contemporary art. The Tampa Museum of Art is a destination for exciting traveling exhibits and shows. Make sure to view the museum in the evening as the wondrous LED light display creates a artistic wonder on the building’s exterior.
Tampa Theatre: The Tampa Theater has been a catapult for the imagination since 1926. More than 85 years old and still going strong, it is a symbol of Tampa’s rich history and its bright future. The Tampa Theatre continues to be a full-service theater with movie showings almost every day of the year and is one of America’s best-preserved examples of grand movie palace architecture. The Tampa Theatre is also a popular location for concerts, performances and film festivals.
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA): A museum dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture, FMoPA collects, preserves and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists. FMoPA also enriches the community by operating outreach programs to educate children and adults.
District Fun Facts
- Evangelist Billy Graham got his start on the corner of Franklin and Fortune Streets in 1939.
- Franklin Street is named for Benjamin Franklin and Zack Street is named for President Zachary Taylor.
- Public art is found in the most unique places. The sidelight windows at the Residence Inn by Marriott are glass blocks of crystal imbedded with images of cultural importance.
- Radio station WDAE was Florida’s first radio station and got its start on the corner of Franklin and Zack Streets.
- The Straz Center for the Performing Arts is the largest performing arts center south of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. It is also ranked in the top 10 by Pollstar Magazine for ticket sales in the United States for theaters of its size.
- The Tampa Theatre is on the National Registry of Historic Places and listed by Life Magazine as one of the top 21 wonders of the world.
David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place Tampa, Florida 33602
Built on an abandoned gravel lot in a city that was lacking cultural offerings, the Straz Center began as the dream of a community. Today the Straz Center is the largest performing arts center in the Southeast and the only one with an on-site performing arts conservatory. The Straz Center was incorporated in 1980 and opened in 1987.
In the early 1990s, the Straz Center (then known as Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center) established arts education as a community priority, working closely with area public, private and home school programs to enhance arts education for children throughout the seven-county Tampa Bay area. Outreach programs included curriculum connectors to Florida education standards and teacher study guides in print and online. The Straz Center’s extended in-school artistic residencies, summer programs and after school offerings helped to fill the increasing gaps in arts education left by budget cuts.
Since 1991 the Straz Center’s Education department housed programs such as Tampa Bay Youth Orchestra and Community Arts Ensemble, a free summer theater day camp that served urban children in need by connecting them with nationally known artists in a rehearsal-based process. Each summer, an original musical play was written and produced especially for that year’s group of up to 100 children to perform in a fully-staged production for friends and family in one of the Straz Center’s main halls.
Music & Theatre
Major live music and performing arts venues make Tampa Bay a leading cultural hub. Explore a stellar Broadway series, critically-acclaimed opera and orchestras, world-class performance halls and concert venues that provide enriching performances to showcase the world’s most talented artists, actors and musicians.
711 N Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 274-8287
Built in 1926, Tampa Theatre hosts 600+ events each year, including contemporary films, classic movies, concerts, corporate events, educational programs, weddings and tours. The historic landmark was recently named “One of the Most Spectacular Theaters in the World” by CNN.
4004 Neptune Street, Tampa, FL 33629 (813) 389-3576
401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 301-6500
A state of the art multi-purpose, sports/entertainment venue located in downtown Tampa between The Florida Aquarium and the Tampa Convention Center. It is the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Hockey Team, Tampa Bay Storm AFL Football Team, and is host to well over 150 spectacular entertainment events annually. Unique meeting and banquet space available for groups of two to 25,000.
ARTS AND HISTORICAL
- The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
- Glazer Children’s Museum
- Henry B. Plant Museum
- Tampa Bay History Center
- Tampa Museum of Art