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Are you into arts and crafts? Do you enjoy attending art festivals? Well if you answered yes to both questions, you'll definitely want to keep reading. If you answered no - keep reading anyway...this is a must-see!

The 39th Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts returns to downtown Tampa March 7 – 8, 2009 for a weekend filled with outstanding art, visiting artists, outstanding entertainment and creative art activities for youngsters.

If you plan on attending the festival, please read the important information listed below:

Dates: Saturday, March 7, 2009, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
            Sunday, March 8, 2009, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Franklin Street and Lykes Gaslight Square Park in Downtown Tampa

Admission: Free

Estimated Attendance: 250,000 – 300,000
Juror: Martha Connell, Director/Owner, Connell Gallery, Atlanta GA

Major Festival Sponsors: Raymond James Financial, City of Tampa and The Tampa Tribune

Accepted Media: Ceramic, digital, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor and wood.

Awards Ceremony: The Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 6 p.m. at the Main Stage in Lykes Gaslight Square Park

Award Money:   
1 $15,000 Raymond James Financial Best of Show Award
1     7,500 Board of Director’s Award
1     4,500 Roddy  Brownlee Reed Award of Excellence
1     3,500 Mayor’s Award
1     2,500 Anniversary Award
1     2,000 Friends of the Arts Award
30   1,300  Awards of Merit
1     1,000 Emerging Artist Award

Total $75,000 Award Money for 2009
Plus a generous Purchase Award Program

Children’s Workshop: Hands-on arts & crafts projects coordinated by the Tampa Museum of Art.

Food: Friends Of The Arts (FOTA) sponsor the various vendors located throughout the festival.

Parking:  Downtown parking is available.

Rules:  No pets, alcohol, skateboards, roller skates or bicycles.

For more information on the 39th Annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, please visit www.gasparilla-arts.com.