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MAEC Art Classes

DUNEDIN – A new session of art classes will begin Monday, April 11 at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin.

Although the center runs courses throughout the year, they are divided into six-week sessions and special workshop weeks. The next spring session will run from April 11 to May 22. With over 100 options per session, there is bound to be something for everyone, including the new Culinary Arts offerings from CASM. While DFAC offers top-notch instruction in traditional arts, such as drawing, painting, and pottery, prospective students will also find offerings in digital imaging, fashion design, jewelry, metalworking, stone carving and woodturning, to name a few.

There are no course grades and no failing, just the reward of unleashing your creativity

Scholarships are available. The Gladys Douglas School of Art at Dunedin Fine Art Center is currently enrolling in Spring Session courses for children, teens and adults, with reduced rates for DFAC members. Day and evening classes are available as well as one-day to week-long workshops in a variety of media.

For course information, including a complete catalog and registration, visit For more information, call 727-298-3322.

The Dunedin Center for Fine Arts launches its spring course session on April 11. Since the center reopened in June 2020, a reduction in class sizes has been proposed to maintain social distancing policies.

Beach Art Center Exhibition

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – “Poetry in Motion,” a new exhibit, will be on view April 4 through May 11 at the Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach.

The artwork presented in the exhibition is associated with the poetry contributed by local and national poets. This show will be judged and prizes will be awarded.

For more information, call 727-596-4331 or visit our website at

Spc ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’

CLEARWATER — SPC’s Theater will present Tom Stoppard’s absurd existential comedy ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’, from March 30 to April 3.

A cast of nine actors will bring this hilarious take on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” to life. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. from March 30 to April 3. Matinees will be offered on April 2 and 3 at 2 p.m.

The production will be presented at the SPC Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater. For more information, visit

Center of Central Park adds shows

LARGO — The Central Park Performing Arts Center recently added two new shows to its performance schedule.

Thunderstruck, an AC/DC tribute show, premieres Friday, April 22, 8 p.m. at The Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. For tickets and information, visit or call 727-587-6793.

Thunderstruck gives fans more than the sound of AC/DC. They capture the high voltage energy of the live experience. For fans, it’s a feeling of familiarity, and it’s a feeling that draws listeners in and takes over. It’s a kind of infectious power and electricity that few AC/DC tribute bands can provide.

From Tyler Melen’s non-stop on-stage performance, portraying the Angus Young of the 70s and 80s, to the versatile vocals of Bobby Lee Stamper impersonating Bon Scott and Brian Johnson, the show serves up the true spirit of AC/DC. Band members also include Kevin Feller on rhythm guitar, Corey Baetz on drums, and Chris Jones on bass.

Tone Loc and Tag Team will also make a stop in the center. This show will take place on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the center.

Tone Loc (born Anthony Smith) rose from obscurity to pop stardom in 1989 when his raspy voice and unmistakable delivery made the song “Wild Thing” a huge hit. The song was co-written by Marvin Young, better known as Young MC, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was followed by “Funky Cold Medina”, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Tag Team released their debut single “Whoomp! (There It Is),” which spent 34 weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, more than any other rock-era single. It spent 16 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard sales chart. The track also reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart, earning a Billboard Music Award nomination for Song of the Year.

Arts Advocate of the Year

ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance has named Duke Energy State Chair Melissa Seixas the recipient of its inaugural Arts Advocate of the Year award.

The award will be presented to Seixas on April 24 at SPAA’s Hats Off to Performing Arts garden party at Rutland-Farley Mansion. Seixas originated the idea of ​​creating an overarching arts strategy for the city of St. Petersburg and pitched the idea to Jason Mathis, CEO of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, which involved the Arts Alliance.

The strategy involved meetings, surveys and one-on-one discussions with thousands of artistic leaders, artists and art lovers in the city of St. Petersburg. Its objective is to support artists, galleries, museums and performing arts venues.

“Melissa Seixas is at the heart of what we hope to accomplish through her vision that led to the Global Arts Strategy,” said Terry Marks, CEO of Arts Alliance. “With his insight and our community partners, we will aspire to strengthen and grow the arts as an economic innovator for our city, our artists and our community.”

Seixas holds a BA in American History from Eckerd College and an MA in American History from the University of South Florida. She has served on numerous boards of nonprofit and commercial organizations, including the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the Pinellas County Urban League, the St. Petersburg and Clearwater Chambers of Commerce, the Pasco Economic Development Council, and in as Past Chair of the Board of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership.

“As a community, it’s important for us to embrace the arts because it allows us to express ourselves, illustrate the world around us, gain insight and connect,” Seixas said. “Supporting the arts in the communities where we live and work is fundamental to who we are at Duke Energy, and I am honored to receive this award.”

For more information on sponsorship opportunities and tickets, visit

Florida Orchestra Teaching Artist

ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Orchestra has named violinist Jina Lee as a new teaching artist as part of its innovative partnership with Pinellas County Schools that puts TFO directly into classrooms to support string teachers and students.

As part of the Teaching Artist partnership, the orchestra has also resumed its intensive partner school initiative which had been put on hold due to COVID. This year’s partner schools are Clearwater High School and Osceola Middle School.

Lee joins established teaching artist and violist Kaitlin Springer in the fourth full school year of the Teaching Artist program, in which professional musicians split their time between classroom coaching and performing onstage with the Florida Orchestra. .

Lee grew up in Ithaca, New York, and earned a bachelor’s degree in violin performance and recording arts and sciences as well as a minor in Spanish at Peabody Conservatory and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. During her six years with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, she has been active in community outreach events, as a teaching aide for BSO’s OrchKids program, and as a mentor with the BSO Orchlab program, coaching high school string orchestras.

“We are thrilled to have Jina Lee on board. Our teacher artists are deeply passionate about supporting, growing, and cultivating strong and sustainable orchestral programs in Pinellas County Public Schools,” said Michelle Kim-Painter, director of education and community engagement for TFO “Since the beginning of our partnership, the level of the county’s ropes programs has increased and teachers report that they are more confident in their work. The program has continued “to help identify future musicians. We are improving cultural life in Pinellas County through this program.”

The cost of the teacher artist partnership is split between schools in Pinellas County through referendum funding and TFO, whose community of generous donors helps make its educational and community programs possible.

The two teacher artists visit dozens of middle and high schools in Pinellas County, but they provide focused support to the two partner schools, which are selected through a rigorous application process in coordination with the school system. This year, teacher artists are working closely with Angel De Armas, director of band and instrumental activities at Clearwater High School, and Anthony Atkinson, band and orchestra director at Osceola Middle School, to help them reach and exceed their goals for the year.

Creative clay art therapy

ST. PETERSBURG — As part of its multidisciplinary Creative Care arts and wellness program, Creative Clay will offer art therapy workshops for military women and veterans.

The free workshops will be presented on Fridays, from April 22 to June 10. Pre-registration is required. Email Marcy Miller at [email protected]

Workshops will focus on exploring creative expression in a safe environment, increasing self-awareness, improving well-being, and connecting with self and others. No previous experience in the art is necessary.

The Creative Care Art Therapy Workshops for Women program is supported in part by funding from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.

“Research suggests female veterans may find it more beneficial to explore troubling experiences and emotions through creative sensory expression rather than using talk therapy alone,” said Marcy Miller, Creative Clay Program Director. . “The Creative Care for Women workshop will use an evidence-based art therapy model to promote an increased sense of safety and well-being, as well as improved self-awareness and emotional self-regulation.”

Creative Clay’s mission is to help people with disabilities lead full and inclusive lives by providing expressive, educational and professional experiences in the arts. Learn more about Creative Clay, its vision of equality through art and its programs, online at

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