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Call to Artists from The Mahaffey

Posted By LocalShops1, Friday, October 3, 2014


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2014) – As part of its 50th Anniversary Celebration, The Mahaffey Theater is seeking eye-catching original artwork for a 2015 commemorative poster. Artists and graphic designers are invited to submit a piece that creatively sums up and illustrates the excitement of 50 phenomenal years of shows at The Mahaffey, St. Petersburg’s premier performing arts venue.

The winning artist will receive a cash prize of $2,500, and the original work will not only be displayed inside The Mahaffey throughout the 50th Anniversary Celebration, it will proudly represent the theater throughout the Bay Area on a wide variety of promotional materials. “We want original, inspired, local art that embodies the spirit of performance, and relates closely to The Mahaffey’s five decades of cultural service to the community and the Bay Area,” said Joe Santiago, the theater’s general manager. “Because everybody is going to see it.”

How you do it is up to you: The design may be in the form of an original painting, mixed media, graphic art or illustration, in color or black and white.

The Mahaffey – then known as the Bayfront Theater - opened in the spring of 1965 as part of St. Petersburg’s Bayfront Center complex.  The next-door arena was demolished in 2004, but The Mahaffey – through city and community support and a series of luxury renovations – survived and thrived, and is now the centerpiece of Pinellas County’s stunning waterfront arts district.

The winning artist will be notified by December 1, with the commemorative poster revealed by January 1. For information contact Bill DeYoung at 727.892.5577 or  or Windy Lawson at 727.892.5706 or 


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The Mahaffey Theater
The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, The Mahaffey Theater hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions. 

Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.

The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts
Founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2009, The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is dedicated to the success and future of The Mahaffey Theater and to the notion that through diverse programing and patron membership support, performing arts should be enjoyed by all of St. Petersburg’s citizens. It’s your theater! 

The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is committed to supporting and presenting all genres of the performing arts at The Mahaffey Theater, funding arts education for school children through the Class Acts performance series and providing its member patrons with unequaled services, entertainment and cultural experiences.

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