Does the Tampa Bay Area Lack Culture?

As museums throughout the region open their doors for free on Saturday, we want to know what you think about the area’s cultural scene.

Tampa Bay area residents have heard it all. The region is “devoid” of culture. It lacks refinement. There’s just not an appreciation for the arts here.

Despite a major performing arts center, an orchestra, the treasure trove that is Sarasota and dozens of museums and galleries, some agree with the critics.

Even so, many Tampa Bay area museums are stepping up to the plate to take part in Saturday’s Museum Live Day, sponsored annually by Smithsonian Magazine. On Sept. 29, museums throughout the country will offer free admission to expose their cultural offerings to a larger population.

In the Tampa Bay area, some of the museums providing free entry on Saturday include the Tampa Bay History Center, the Florida Holocaust Museum, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. A complete list of venues is available on Smithsonian.com. Tickets for entry can also be printed out from the website.

So Tampa Bay, what do you think? Is our region doing just fine on the cultural front, or could it use some help? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Jacque Mioff October 09, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I would think anything seen crashing down at Paradise Lakes would be a tragedy...... but that's just me.
Shannon Young October 09, 2012 at 06:44 PM
As a vegan, I would have to agree with much of what you said. I can't find hardly anywhere to eat around here which might be expected in a smaller town like Land O Lakes but it the case even in Tampa. St. Pete is a little better but I won't be driving that far to go out to lunch very often. I went to Austin, Texas a couple months ago and was in food heaven! Even health food stores are few and far between here. Good post. There is a feel about a place that has a distinct culture. Tampa's downtown is a joke for the most part.
Shannon Young October 09, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Great post! I agree. Same with your Dunedin comment.
Your Balloon Animals November 08, 2012 at 03:11 AM
The Tampa area is trying to grow in culture and has been working hard to become an art center. We have seen this as an entertainment company with an increase in body paintings, fashion shows, fire performances, and even advanced balloon sculpture exhibitions at events. So, even though we may not be on top yet, we are at least heading in that direction. So, we at YTE really enjoy the challenges put forth by new clients to stay on the cutting edge of art and culture while maintaining our quality of entertainment. Your Total Entertainment crew, http://www.YTEtampa.com
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