Special Events, Workshops

Arts Networking

We get together each month for social and professional networking for artists and arts organizations of all disciplines. These are small- to medium-size meetings that make it easier to get to know each other. Some people attend regularly and others drop in periodically so there’s a good chance you’ll see people you haven’t met before. We hold the meetings in a setting related to one of the arts to showcase our county’s fantastic arts organizations. The meetings are free. Sign up for our email list to get word of the next meetup.


Workshops & Special Events for Artists & Arts Groups

We offer special events and workshops for the arts community. Some of those are:
  • Academy for the Business Side of Art (six-session business series for artists or arts organizations)
    • Business Fundamentals
    • Bookkeeping & Financial Basics
    • Websites & Marketing
    • Social Media
    • Copyright Law
    • Strategic Marketing
We’ve also held workshops on small business development, social media and our grant programs.  Sign up for our email list to find out when we schedule more.


Event Calendar

ArtsTampaBay.com  features entertainment, recreational and educational art events throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. This is a great place to publicize your activities. Artists and arts organizations can post their events and classes for free. By posting it once on ArtsTampaBay.com, your event can be publish on one of our partner sites such as Clearwater Arts Alliance, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts. 



FIVE by FIVE was created in 2012 by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County’s Artists Advisory Committee to raise money for artist programs and bring our arts community together. Each year since then, the Tampa Museum of Art was filled with more than 900 enthusiastic arts supporters attending the celebration. To date, the event raised more than $65,000 through artwork sales for the Arts Council of Hillsborough County’s artists grants and program. One hundred percent of the artwork sales went to artist programs.

The annual event showcased performances from local professionals in theatre, dance, music and spoken word as well as 5″x 5″ pieces of art from professional and emerging artists worldwide. Each year, the Arts Council received and displayed 600-700 tiny works. All artwork was exhibited anonymously and sold for $25 each. One of the most popular features of the night turned out to be the buying process. Buyers chose the work they purchased based on its appeal only and not whether the artist is known or unknown since artist signatures only appear on the back of the work.  

FIVE by FIVE celebrated all that’s fantastic about the arts. We thank you for your support at the event and truly appreciate the many artists who participated in the anonymous exhibition and live performances.

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