Our annual FIVE by FIVE Celebration began in 2012 as a community engagement event to celebrate our local performing, literary and visual arts and raise funds for artist programs! Hosted by the Arts Council at the beautiful Tampa Museum of Art, this one-night-only party celebrated ALL the arts.

FIVE by FIVE 2016, Photo by Desiree Fantal Photography

It’s Small Art for a Big Cause with exciting performances by artists in a variety of disciplines throughout the night. It’s for artists by artists!

FIVE by FIVE was created in 2012 by our 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.

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 raises much-needed funds for artists’ workshops and grants. To date, the event has 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.

We thank our partner, the Tampa Museum of Art, our sponsors, our fantastic arts community and the many artists from Florida and around the world who make this event possible.


The 5th Annual FIVE by FIVE event was a fun night for more than 850 people attending the Arts Council fundraiser. An impressive $12,000 was raised – $25 at a time – for the Arts Council’s Individual Artist Grant program through the sale of the small artwork donated by artists around the world. The 5″x5″ pieces of art came from 12 countries and 21 states to the Arts Council for its exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art. More than 850 people packed the museum to see the 653 pieces of small art, watch live performances in the pop-up club and visit the museum’s three newest exhibitions on the second floor.


A fantastic evening for 900 attendees who were treated to stunning performances, the Christo and Jeanne-Claude exhibition and nearly 600 small works of art for a BIG cause – the Arts Council’s artist programs. Artwork came from 17 states and eight other countries — 395 artists in all supported FIVE by FIVE 2015. New that year was a raffle for a signed and numbered print donated by artist James Rosenquist who strongly believed in supporting local artists.


More than 650 pieces of 5″x5″ art from seven different countries were on display while 20 live performances took place in our new FIVE by FIVE Lounge. Nearly 900 supporters attended and were treated to the Renoir to Chagall exhibition on the second floor of Tampa Museum of Art.


After the success of the first event, the museum allowed display of the art in its lecture hall. Again attendance soared, reaching a record 900 and making FIVE by FIVE the biggest night for attendance at the museum. 


No one knew what to expect from this first-ever event. A little more than 400 pieces of 5″x5″ art was donated by artists across the country and in eight other countries. Pop-up performances from local actors, dancers, singers, and writers took place throughout the first floor. The number of community art supporters present was staggering, far outpacing the anticipated attendance.