Florida’s Suncoast is renowned for its unparalleled commitment to the visual and performing arts. Residents and visitors are consistently exposed to an impressive array of art exhibitions, theatrical productions, film festivals, and music concerts. While we are all justifiably proud of the local commitment to the arts, it is essential to ensure that works produced by artists belonging to underrepresented groups are appropriately represented throughout our artistic landscape.
The entire community benefits tremendously when ample opportunities exist to expand knowledge and appreciation of the innovative ways in which different cultures have used the arts to describe and interpret the lived experience. We know that education through the arts allows youth to express themselves in ways outside of academics. Our overarching goal is to inspire, encourage, and engage students of color in the arts.
Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative is comprised of a small group of individuals with a strong interest in increasing the visibility of works produced by artists of color with a specific interest in artists of African descent. The mission of the organization is:
TO NURTURE CREATIVITY AND AUTHENTIC EXPRESSION UNIFING AND PROMOTING THE POWER OF THE ARTS ACROSS THE REGIONAL AND CULTURAL LANDSCAPE
Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative is pursuing this mission through various initiatives, including sponsorship of exhibitions, hosting salons for guest artists, and co-sponsorship of performances and exhibitions. Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative has focused its efforts on creating partnerships and collaborations with local arts organizations that embrace the vision of a robust and diverse arts community.
Our partners and collaborators include: