As the “Neighborhood of the Arts” with an active and thriving Artist Enclave, Historic Kenwood is the first neighborhood in St. Petersburg to declare that art and artists are not only welcome here, but important contributors to our vibrant, creative, diverse culture.

In 2017, a group of volunteers formed the Historic Kenwood Public Arts Committee to make art visible in our neighborhood. We developed a Public Art Master Plan with goals, objectives, operational policies, and a hefty list of projects.

Our first project was the transformation of seven drab benches into works of art. Now, we invite you to LOOK UP! With funds earned through our Dining for Art events and a generous matching grant from the City of St. Petersburg, we are undertaking our next two projects: finials and banners.

The Benches

Benches

Our first project was the transformation of seven drab benches into works of art. LOOK OUT at the diverse array of delightful works whenever you visit Seminole Park.

The Neighborhood Markers

Now in the works…designing pedestals that will support larger works of art at significant points of interest throughout the neighborhood. LOOK OUT! They’ll be coming soon!

Who benefits from these initiatives? We all do. We all deserve to have art in our midst. You can help make it happen by hosting and/or attending a Dining for Art event, or through a donation to the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association Public Art Fund.

LOOK OUT...LOOK UP!

The Finials

Finials

Members of our Artist Enclave have just created the first 16 ornamental finials to top our Historic Kenwood street signs. These will be shown first at Woodfield Fine Art Gallery during the Second Saturday Art Walk on October 12th, then at BungalowFest, and shortly thereafter atop widely dispersed sign posts throughout the neighborhood. Our vision is to infuse art and delight throughout the entire neighborhood, so look for more to appear until we have topped all 125 sign posts.

The Banners

Banners

By the end of October 2019, banners featuring works of art by members of the Artist Enclave of Historic Kenwood will be flying along First Avenue North on both sides of the street. In a competitive process, 26 images from 15 artists were selected from 60 images that were submitted. The quality and diversity of these works are stunning!

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