Art, Artists, Tourism and Florida

A Brief History of the Selling of Art in Florida Florida has somewhat matured over the years, especially in its attraction of artists to the state who come here for the relatively inexpensive cost of living and the sunshine.  It is also attractive because inexpensive housing and a fairly good base of art collectors come … Continue reading Art, Artists, Tourism and Florida

How Museums Survived the Financial Crisis

The Financial Side of Non-profit Cultural Institutions I recently gave a talk to a group of accounting educators about "the financial side of non-profit museums" while they toured our facilities at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg. It was very interesting to them and it occurred to me that this might be an interesting … Continue reading How Museums Survived the Financial Crisis

Earned Income for Non Profit Arts Centers and Museums

Earned Income for Arts Organizations This series of blog posts will relate to increasing earned income at non-profit cultural attractions.  This has become a necessity for a variety of reasons and hopefully this will help guide some through the change. Background Earned income has been a challenge for non-profit organizations for many years.  It has … Continue reading Earned Income for Non Profit Arts Centers and Museums

How St. Petersburg became the cultural center of the west coast of Florida – Part 4

The Product and Who Was Promoting It As previously mentioned, the product has been a mix of cultural facilities: visual and performing, antiques shops and malls, bookstores, unique neighborhoods, city parks along the waterfront and the events that took place there, along with art galleries and restaurants. The opening of the then Stouffer Vinoy Resort … Continue reading How St. Petersburg became the cultural center of the west coast of Florida – Part 4

How St. Petersburg became the cultural center of the west coast of Florida – Part 3

The Product takes shape As mentioned earlier, there are the core cultural facilities such as museums that were the original focus of cooperative marketing, but as non-profit galleries and for-profit galleries developed or were recognized for their importance in creating a destination, these were included. The performing arts facilities were also included as were events … Continue reading How St. Petersburg became the cultural center of the west coast of Florida – Part 3

How St. Petersburg became the cultural center of the west coast of Florida – Part 2

A Cultural Destination takes aim With four museums in downtown St. Petersburg operating in the late 1980s it was critical to help create a destination out of what existed. Even the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) did not include a lot of information about the museums in its promotional material in the late 1980s and … Continue reading How St. Petersburg became the cultural center of the west coast of Florida – Part 2

How St. Petersburg became the cultural center of the west coast of Florida – Part 1

How St. Petersburg became the cultural center of the west coast of Florida - Part 1 This post is part of a series that looks at how St. Petersburg, Florida became the cultural center of the west coast of Florida.  This series is an update to a presentation to the annual Florida Association of Museum's … Continue reading How St. Petersburg became the cultural center of the west coast of Florida – Part 1