I still remember visiting art museums as a child with my parents. I often think back on these fond memories, which is one of the main reasons why I launched my non-profit, Mahogany Kids Fine Arts Foundation. The fine arts hold a special place in my heart. They helped build my self-esteem and self-confidence and served as a catalyst in helping me find my voice as a creative.
I’m so glad that we live in a place that honors the arts through museums, performing arts centers and various exhibits throughout Tampa Bay, particularly in the city of St. Petersburg, which is home to a beautiful art district with a plethora of art spaces.
Ranked as a top arts and cultural destination among cities its size, St. Petersburg has it all when it comes to the arts: the world-famous Dali museum to independent galleries, live music and theater on waterfront stages to national Broadway shows, and lots of public and outdoor art exhibits.
On your next family visit to St. Pete, consider visiting these five kid-friendly places to view amazing artwork. I have hosted numerous field trips through my non-profit, and student of all ages loved them!
- Museum of Fine Arts, 256 Beach Dr. NE.
- Carter G. Woodson Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S.
- The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, 150 Central Ave.
- The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd.
- Fairgrounds St. Pete, 800 28th S.
Originally published in November 2022 of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.