Hey everyone!  Travis back with some really cool Tampa tourism information.  This type of news is some of my favorite!  Lights On Tampa, the biennial program that provides unique platforms for cutting-edge contemporary art and ideas within the public realm, was recognized by Americans for the Arts as one of the 50 most exemplary programs in the past 50 years!

I'll wait for everyone to stop cheering......ok. 

Here are some details -

This contemporary and comprehensive survey looked at artists and programs that have pushed the genre and set standards in the field at large. Other programs recognized in the presentation include Creative Time, The Public Art Fund (both New York City) as well as the Cities of New York, Los Angeles, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2010, Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America, presented a review of the field of Public Art over the last 50 years with a presentation titled 50/50: Important, Impressive, Influential, Personally Pivotal Public Art of the Last 50 Years. The retrospective was compiled and presented by Wave Hill Director of Arts and Senior Curator, Jennifer McGregor.

Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. From offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it serves more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders.

Lights On Tampa is a biennial program and a public/private partnership that opens the door for visitors and residents alike to experience artistic excellence and emerging technologies in the urban environment. The program's goal is to bring free access to artistic excellence to Tampa’s citizens and visitors through a unique experience. A blend of art and technology, the program features the talents of local, national and international artists commissioned by Tampa’s Public Art Program, the private sector through Friends of Tampa Public Art, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This award-winning program is set to return to downtown Tampa, in the new Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, on February 19, 2011 to continue its mission to engage, entertain and educate the community. www.lightsontampa.org

And there's the great news!  We should all be very proud. 

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