Clearwater Looking for Proposals That’ll Take Over Second Century Studios

The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is issuing a call for individuals, small businesses or organizations who are interested in taking over Second Century Studios in Downtown Clearwater.

The space could be used to host an art gallery, pop-up retail business, live performances or community events. The CRA is also open to hear from applicants who propose creative ideas or ventures that will help draw traffic to Second Century Studios and Downtown Clearwater.

The CRA will cover the rent and utilities of Second Century Studios while the pop-up retail business, art gallery or organization that is selected occupies the space.

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Second Century Studios is located in a corner space on the ground floor of the Water’s Edge Condominium Tower, located at 331 Cleveland St. The CRA opened Second Century Studios in September 2017. A number of art exhibits, art classes and community events have been hosted in the space.

Second Century Studios was also created for the city to showcase some of its plans for Downtown Clearwater, including the enhancement of Coachman Park, Cleveland Street, North Marina Master Plan and Mercado/Public Plaza in the Downtown Gateway.

Contact Anne Lopez, the CRA’s executive assistant, at or (727) 562-4039.


Call for Mural Artists – Request for Proposals

Call Summary

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), in partnership with the Clearwater Public Art and Design Board and the Downtown Development Board, is seeking artists to design and paint a series of murals on public and private properties throughout Downtown Clearwater. Applications are due on Monday, July 9, 2018, and the selected artists will be notified by Friday, July 20, 2018. Murals must be completed by January 31, 2019. The budget for each mural will range from $5,000 – $20,000 depending on the size and complexity of the artwork.
Project Description

The Clearwater CRA is charged with implementing the downtown vision for Clearwater, Florida, which is the city’s historical center. The 2018 Downtown Redevelopment Plan recommends the use of public art to create a high quality public realm. As part of its public art strategy, the CRA is commissioning artists to design and paint five to seven murals that will be visible to the public as they are walking and driving through Downtown Clearwater.

Art Goals
This is the first large scale mural project in Downtown Clearwater, and it will help set the tone for future public art projects. The CRA seeks to establish a visual look and feel that distinguishes Downtown Clearwater from Clearwater Beach and surrounding communities. We are seeking experienced mural artists with a strong point of view and the ability to create complex, engaging designs. Artists are welcome to use Clearwater’s history, signature events and physical environment as inspiration; however, the final designs must go beyond the simple visual representation of an object or event.

Mural Locations

The following sites have been confirmed to receive murals. The exact size of the mural and location on the building will be determined in collaboration with the CRA staff, the artist and the property owner.

1. Garden Avenue Parking Garage – 28 N. Garden Avenue

2. The Flag Company – 1360 Cleveland Street

3. Creative Contractors (trail side) – 620 Drew Street

4. Commercial Building – 512 Cleveland Street

5. Clearwater Tower Parking Garage (the portion facing Station Square Park) – 33 N. Garden Avenue


The project budget for each site will range from $5,000 to $20,000 depending on the size and complexity of the work. The budget will cover the artist’s fee, travel costs and materials.

Artist Eligibility and Application Requirements

This call is open to artists and teams of artists with professional experience in public art and murals. Please submit the following items contained in a single PDF or Microsoft Word document:

• A one-page resume or short biography
• 3-5 photographs or links to photographs of past murals
• Identify the mural site(s) you are most interested in and a corresponding project budget including the artist’s fee, estimated materials costs and travel costs (if applicable)
• Contact information for 2 references from past mural clients

Deadline and Submission Address

Applications are due on Monday, July 9, 2018 at noon (EST) via email to Anne Lopez, the CRA’s executive assistant, at

Selection Process

Each application will be reviewed by a panel of CRA staff, representatives of the Clearwater Public Art and Design Board, participating property owners and representatives of the Downtown Development Board. The highest scoring artists will be asked to participate in a phone interview to determine the right pairing of property owner and artist for each mural site. Selected artists will be notified by Friday, July 20, 2018.

Panel Selection Criteria

The review panel will consider the following factors for each application:

  • Ability to meet the project’s artistic goals
  • Ability to collaborate with clients
  • Ability to meet the Project Timeline
  • The proposed budget for the work

Project Timeline

The call will close on Monday, July 9, 2018, at noon. The panel will conduct its review between July 10 – July 19, 2018. The selected artists will be notified by Friday, July 20, 2018. Murals must be complete by January 31, 2019.

Contact Anne Lopez, the CRA’s executive assistant, at or (727) 562-4039. Additional information about the CRA can be found at

Amended Downtown Clearwater Façade Program Encourages Investment

The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will provide financial assistance to help business owners and property owners in Downtown Clearwater improve the appearance of their commercial buildings.

The city of Clearwater recently amended its Facade Improvement Program making business and property owners along Cleveland Street and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in the Downtown Gateway eligible to receive a $25,000 grant or more to improve the facade at their commercial property.

The CRA can match dollar for dollar up to 50 percent of the total construction cost for façade improvements. Grants $25,000 or less can be approved by the CRA director for a quicker application and approval process than the previous program.

Additionally, the Facade Improvement Program applicant can receive a $4,000 grant for architectural design assistance.

With the $4,000 grant, paid directly to the architect, the applicant can receive expert advice from an architect about the project, its feasibility and possible budget. The architect will also provide designs or drawings showing the suggested changes to the facade, preliminary colors and possible signage.

The grants under the Facade Improvement Program cover major facade alterations, cosmetic improvements, public art, signage, awnings and painting.

“Building a beautiful, walkable downtown is key to supporting new businesses,” said Amanda Thompson, the city’s CRA director. “The CRA trustees are ready to match new investments that improve the appearance of the buildings in Downtown Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Area.”

Each application will be evaluated through a point system by the CRA staff, who will determine if the facade improvement meets the requirements and how much grant money will be awarded to the applicant.

To apply for the Facade Improvement Program or to learn more, visit or contact Anne Fogarty France, the city’s downtown manager at

Cool Craft Beers, Music Coming to Downtown Clearwater May 19


Beer from 50 Florida breweries, live bands, a diverse array of food vendors, a variety of art and craft vendors and representatives from the Clearwater Threshers will come together for the second annual Downtown Clearwater Craft Beer and Music Festival set from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 19 in Downtown Clearwater.

Breweries from Tampa Bay and the state will be on hand to offer a taste of their finely crafted brews, and a variety of local bands will take to the stage to perform throughout the day and evening.

The second annual Downtown Clearwater Craft Beer and Music Festival will be held on the 500 and 600 blocks of Cleveland Street (east of Fort Harrison Avenue) in Downtown Clearwater.

Admission to the event is free. Free parking is available throughout Downtown Clearwater and the city of Clearwater parking garages located near the event site.

The event is family friendly. Organizers have enhanced the children’s play area with face painting, a rock climbing wall, games and two bounce houses. Local downtown restaurants will also be open to serve guests.

The festival is sponsored by the House of Beer Brewing Company, the Clearwater Downtown Partnership, Clearwater Downtown Development Board, the city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency and the city of Clearwater’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Learn more about the Downtown Clearwater Craft Beer and Music Festival

For more information, contact Anne Fogarty-France, the city’s downtown manager, at (727) 562-4044 or

Atlanta-Based Artist to Exhibit Contemporary Art at Second Century Studios in Downtown Clearwater

Downtown Clearwater’s Second Century Studios announces a new contemporary art exhibit that will bring its first artist from outside the state.

A Kinetic Installation by Atlanta-based artist Amy Landesberg will be exhibited from April 24 through May 25 at Second Century Studios, 331 Cleveland Downtown Clearwater. Second Century Studios is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and it’s also open weeknights and weekend evenings on occasion. Check to learn more.

Landesberg’s installation, entitled Plasti-Plast, presents 27 kinetic objects on three low platforms. Each sculpture is six-inches wide, 10-inches tall and 14-inches long, and each sculpture is made of cast plaster, fiber, wire and operates with a rechargeable battery. Landesberg used discarded household items to create Plasti-Plast, including mops, brooms, scrap electrical wire and broken window shades.

The artwork reflects the play “Rockaby” by Samuel Beckett, and the 27 pieces serve as a reflection on automation, among other of life’s uncertainties, worries, humor and sorrows.

Landesberg is a mixed media artist and an architect who uses her creativity and architectural expertise to create bold and introspective works of art that make people reconsider the purpose of utilitarian items in our everyday lives.

Landesberg has been a professional artist for more than 30 years. She has had more than 20 solo exhibits both nationally and internationally, and she has won awards and grants, including in painting and sculpture from the National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation and the Moulton Andrus Award for Art and Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture.

Landesberg’s exhibit serves as a continuation of the goal for Second Century Studios to connect art and the public in Downtown Clearwater. Second Century Studios also exhibits city of Clearwater initiatives of plans and projects for Downtown Clearwater.

In the future, the city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency will issue a call for artists to exhibit more artwork at Second Century Studios, and it will host pop-up shops and other programs at the studio.

“The public has approved an ambitious plan to reimagine Downtown Clearwater with a new park and amenities that will allow residents to interact with the bay,” said Amanda Thompson, director of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency. “Ms. Landesberg is an architect and an artist with a deep passion for connecting the urban and natural environment. The Plasti-Plast installation is a fitting metaphor for the Imagine Clearwater plan – it takes objects that have been discarded and reimagines them as something beautiful and living.”

Visit to see a presentation of her latest exhibit.

To interview the artist, contact José Patiño, public information specialist with the city of Clearwater, at (727) 562-4664 or

Stantec Works on the Imagine Clearwater Master Plan Concept and Pre-Design

Work is being done behind the scenes to move forward with the future enhancements to Coachman Park, and we want to keep you abreast about what is happening.

At this point in the project, the city’s consultant, Stantec, and its sub-consultants are working on the Imagine Clearwater Master Plan Concept Validation and Pre-Design. The city is currently conducting additional site surveys of the area, and it is researching and providing information on past public and private utility projects in the area.

Stantec’s team is compiling all of this data for use in its plans for the project. In addition, Stantec and its sub-consultants have recently completed several noise studies of the existing band shell. The consultants are carefully evaluating that data as well as the existing site conditions in and around Coachman Park.

Stantec and a small group of city staff recently met to discuss some of the park concepts and the results of the noise studies. There will be additional meetings and further discussions to refine some of the design elements.

The state legislature recently passed and Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that amends the Special Act of 1925, allowing for the city to move the bandshell along the waterfront as proposed by the consultants. The Special Act of 1925 prohibited “carnivals or shows of any character” on a 500-foot stretch of land running north of the Memorial Causeway Bridge.

In November, voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the City Charter, which allows for the Imagine Clearwater plan to move forward at Coachman Park and for enhancements along the downtown waterfront. For additional information, visit or contact Amanda Thompson, the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency director, at

Bazaar Art Show Features the Artwork of Jennie Pearl

Jennie Pearl, founder and creative director of Bazaar Art, will host an exhibit spanning several decades of her artwork.


The art exhibit, entitled Bohemian Years: A Collection of Pearls, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 20 at Second Century Studios, 331 Cleveland St. in Downtown Clearwater. Pearl’s art exhibit will be on display at Second Century Studios until May 10.


Pearl, a muralist, digital artist and photographer, will present a collection of her artwork spanning 30 years. Her art exhibit will include acrylic paintings, photography and works on paper. Pearl describes her artwork as eccentric, spontaneous, enticing and encompasses a broad combination of artistic and creative styles.


The April 20 art exhibit will also include a Bazaar Art Artist Throwdown featuring three local artists, live music and light refreshments.


Pearl has a partnership with the city of Clearwater’s Second Century Studios. She has hosted several art exhibits at Second Century Studios that have featured the artwork of local artists, and she has hosted several art classes at Second Century Studios.


Along with the local artwork, Second Century Studios also offers an opportunity for the city of Clearwater to promote initiatives designed to help create an attractive and engaging Downtown Clearwater for years to come.


The city initiatives include:

Imagine Clearwater, a master plan designed to revitalize the Downtown Clearwater waterfront. The plan proposes a design for an expanded and improved waterfront park and recommends a set of projects that will serve to activate Downtown Clearwater.
North Marina Master Plan, a design plan to enhance the Seminole Boat Ramp and attract commercial, retail, restaurants and more residential to a 64-acre area that covers Clearwater Bay to the west, Pinellas Trail to the east, Cedar Street to the north and Eldridge Street to the south.
Cleveland Streetscape Phase 3, a project aimed at enhancing Cleveland Street in Downtown Clearwater into a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly street. The roadway will be improved and made safer by adding landscaping and decorative lighting, improving sidewalks, enhancing on-street parking and adding bicycle lanes along the corridor, which stretches along Cleveland Street from Missouri Avenue to Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Cleveland Street to San Remo Avenue.
Mercado/Public Plaza, a concept to create a market area and community gathering place with local vendors, weekend markets, music shows and movie nights all in Clearwater’s Downtown Gateway.
Second Century Studios is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.


For more information, contact Anne Fogarty-France, the city of Clearwater’s downtown manager, at or (727) 562-4044.



Stantec : Team is making progress on the Imagine Clearwater Downtown Revitalization project


04/11/2018 | 10:52pm CEST

The City of Clearwater approved international consulting design firm Stantec to provide architecture and engineering services on Imagine Clearwater, a Community Vision Plan for the Downtown Waterfront. Imagine Clearwater is a plan to reactivate the city’s waterfront and downtown in efforts to spur economic development. The Stantec team is currently working to provide master plan concept validation and pre-design services. The team recently finished several noise studies of the existing band shell at Coachman Park and are evaluating this information and its impact on the overall masterplan concept.

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Clearwater’s most notorious eyesore could finally be reborn

CLEARWATER — For more than a decade, the shell of a gutted 15-story high rise has stood abandoned at the entrance to downtown, an eyesore that has come to embody the unmet potential of the Cleveland Street district to its west.

But after years of failed development deals, a federal lawsuit and growing hopelessness, the infamous Strand building at 1100 Cleveland St. is being reborn.

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Clearwater Seeks Artists to Design Downtown Sidewalk Chalk Art

The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency is seeking artists to design a series of chalk art designs to be on display along Cleveland Street during a special VIP gallery tour.

On April 21 from 1 to 4 p.m., Salvador Dali Museum members will be conducting a tour of three galleries in Downtown Clearwater, with local food and beverages at each stop, live local music and talks with gallery owners and the city’s mayor.

Artists will be selected to create chalk art designs that will be on display along Cleveland Street. Each selected artist will create a design in front of each gallery and/or a series of artwork along the route.

Design Theme – The city of Clearwater recently adopted a new brand to highlight its natural beauty and location. The city’s tagline is: Bright and Beautiful • Bay to Beach. The desired artwork and theme should exemplify how the city and Downtown Clearwater are bright and beautiful. The attached map depicts the specific locations of the galleries and the path that the group will travel along from one location to the next.

Compensation – An honorarium of $500 per artist will be provided as compensation for the selected artwork.

Site Background – The specific galleries and locations are:

Galleria Teixeira, 612 Cleveland St.
Marlene Rose, 416 Cleveland St.
Second Century Studios, 331 Cleveland St.

Please send your proposal, including a sample of previous work to: by 5 pm Friday, April 6.