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Annual Hats Off to Performing Arts Garden Party 2023

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance (SPAA) invites you to our Garden Party Brunch to celebrate the impact of the arts on the growth of our city. Join us in honoring Brian Auld & The Tampa Bay Rays and Rowdies as SPAA’s Arts Advocates of the Year. The celebration will promote continued support of programs and resources for local artists and arts institutions that ignite creativity, community, and prosperity.

The spectacular event will be held on May 7th at the Rutland Mansion beginning at 11am. The award will be presented by Melissa Seixas, Florida State President, Duke Energy, and the first Arts Advocate of the Year. Long known for their interest in the arts, our 2023 Arts Advocates have supported The Dali, the SHINE Mural Festival, Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Creative Pinellas and the Gasparilla Music Festival and the Gasparilla Film Festival, to name a few.

"Brian Auld and the Rays and Rowdies keep the arts community in their hearts and in their actions. The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is grateful for their support and their desire to include the arts, as they work towards adding new and equitable economic opportunities for our community.” –Terry Marks, SPAA CEO

And let’s make it even more fun by donning a fantastic hat that speaks to your own creative genius. Special prizes will be awarded to the “Most Beautiful,” “Most Creative,” and “Most Humorous” hat.

Enjoy special performances by:

  • Gloria Munoz, St. Petersburg’s Poet Laureate will be reciting “Blue Poem
  • The Jeremy Carter Group with Ona Kirei
  • projectALCHEMY
  • Harold Simmons
  • Perkins Elementary Steelpan Band

Get ready for some unique LIVE auction offerings too!

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INDIVIDUAL TICKET PRICES are just $175 all inclusive!


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