Suncoast Arts Fest is seeking fine artists and craftspeople to participate in its eleventh annual show. The event takes place in the heart of the Tampa Bay area, convenient to all surrounding communities via major interstate highways, and the show is held at the peak of the tourist season. Visiting artists are encouraged to combine this show with other Florida venues or a vacation in warm, sunny Florida.
Applications are now open and must be submitted through Zapp (zapplication.org). There is a $35 application fee and a $230 booth fee, which can also be paid through Zapp. This year, awards totalling $13,300 will be distributed. Deadline to apply has been extended to midnight, November 10, 2015.
To maintain the integrity of the art show, all works must be original, executed by the applicant artist, created by hand and not mass produced. “Buy/Sell” or embellishments on commercial items is absolutely prohibited.
To apply or learn more about the criteria for acceptance, please visit zapplication.org.
Friday, October 30th – Application deadline for high school internships.
Suncoast Arts Fest is seeking interns to assist with its Emerging Artist and Classroom grant exhibits, Makerspace and Kids’ Art Garden. Gain valuable on-the-job experience and earn community service hours that can be referenced in college applications. Juniors and seniors in Pasco County with a passion for the arts and strong desire to learn are invited to apply. Click here for guidelines or to submit an online application.
Tuesday, December 15th – Application deadline for Classroom Grant program.
Classroom grants fund special projects to improve arts education for students in Pasco County, Florida. Any certified visual or performing art teacher may apply on behalf of a public, private, or parochial school in Pasco County. Click here for guidelines or to submit an online application.
The 11th annual Suncoast Arts Fest 2016 will be held January 16 and 17, 2016 in the centrally located, quaint “small town” environment of The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, Florida.
This is an upscale venue just off of I-75 in the northern part of the Tampa Bay area. A winding, cobblestone main street edged with trees provides the perfect venue for art lovers to browse through tents filled with fine art and select their purchases.
In 2016, a record crowd of over 100,000 people patronized The Shops at Wiregrass during the weekend of the Suncoast Arts Fest.
All proceeds from the Suncoast Arts Fest benefit “Arts for Education”. Grants funded through our parent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Fine Arts of the Suncoast, Inc., go to supplement arts education programs in area public, private and charter schools in Pasco County.
Over the past decade, the Suncoast Arts Fest has fulfilled more than 85 mini-grants to teachers to impact the education of more than 15,000 students. In 2014 alone, the awarded grants assisted 24 schools in the Pasco County school district.