May Art Experiences
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Art at the Library
Communities gain value through public art – cultural, social, and economic value. It is a distinguishing part of our public history and our evolving culture. It reflects and reveals our society and adds meaning and uniqueness to our community. Public art is freely accessible, activates the imagination and encourages people to pay attention to the world around them. It can be very visible, large, permanent and unmistakable as an art experience; but it can also be very subtle, short-lived or seamlessly integrated into one’s experience of a place. Most importantly, public art matters.
The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library is committed to providing public art experiences in our buildings, from the Louise & Arnold Kotler Art Gallery in the John F. Germany Public Library, the oldest continuing art space in downtown Tampa with a permanent art collection and rotating exhibits that feature the work of local and regional artists, to the Alphawalk, a ceramic tile ribbon walkway which encircles the New Tampa Regional Library. The kiln-cast glass and steel of the Port Tampa City Benches complement the Greek Revival architecture of the Port Tampa City Library and capture the community identity and spirit of Port Tampa and its citizens, while the urban-influenced paintings and murals of the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library highlight the important role African-Americans play in the development of our cities.
Seventeen of our libraries feature public art collections which provide a distinctive, unique insight to the exceptional individuality found in our community. Explore them any time through the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library Art and Artifact Collection. Step into the past with the Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection, which features nearly 15,000 historic images that present a pictorial record of the commercial, residential and social growth of Tampa Bay and Florida's West coast from the late 1800s to the early 1960s. Check out a Discovery Pass to visit the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts or the Tampa Museum of Art at no charge, or bring out your inner artist at the library through a variety of classes. Begin your library art experience today.