In 2015, St. Petersburg, Florida celebrated its passion for public art with the first annual SHINE® Mural Festival.
The inaugural event revitalized the downtown districts with 17 vivid and unique works of art, engaged with the community and elevating artistic expression in public spaces.
”Murals are reflective of a city that takes pride in its community. Like all art, it is proof of life. I think the level of art and impact of murals in St. Pete are beginning to align – so there is a deeper appreciation for the work, and it can now co-exist with the community rather than fall into stereotypes of either graffiti or advertising.”- Leon Bedore (Tes One), SHINE® Founder & Co-Curator
Made up of local artists and community members, SHINE® is an art project, intended to illuminate the power of art in public spaces by revitalizing areas, inspiring dialogue and uniting our community—while cultivating new standards of artistic excellence and reflecting St. Petersburg’s creative and vibrant spirit.
Director: Leon Bedore (Tes One) / Fiscal Sponsor: John Collins (St. Petersburg Arts Alliance)
Operations: John Collins (SPAA) / Kathryn Howd / Stacia Schrader / Margaret Murray / Diane Shelly / Anna Serena
Curation: Chris Parks (Palehorse)
Finance & Sponsorship: John Collins (SPAA) / Paul Johannesson
Marketing / Media: Michelle Tannu (Shared Vision Marketing) / Mitzi Gordon
Community Outreach: Chad Mize / Mitzi Gordon