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Clearwater Opens Second Century Studios to Celebrate Its Future

Post Date:09/26/2017 11:25 AM

The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency announces the grand opening of Second Century Studios, a community art space highlighting major urban planning initiatives and also featuring artwork created by local artists celebrating the city of Clearwater. 

The grand opening of the Second Century Studios is set for 6:30 p.m. to 10 pm. Friday, Sept. 29 at the Second Century Studios, 331 Cleveland St., Suite A. The studio will open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It will also open on weekday and weekend evenings during special events in Downtown Clearwater.

Second Century Studios offers an opportunity for the city of Clearwater to promote the initiatives designed to help create an attractive and engaging Downtown Clearwater for years to come. Through a partnership with Bazaar Art, it also gives an opportunity to showcase local art that celebrates Clearwater and allows the public to interact with the artists as they produce their latest artistic work. 

The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency will host the Second Century Clearwater exhibit at Second Century Studios to showcase, introduce and educate the public to initiatives designed to enhance Downtown Clearwater. 

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. Core elements of Imagine Clearwater will require a charter referendum to be passed in order to be implemented. The referendum election will take place Nov. 7. 
  • 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. 

“A goal of the exhibit is to provide a one-stop shop where the public can come and learn more about these initiatives,” said Laura Canary, economic coordinator for the city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency. “Leading up to the November 7th referendum, this location is going to be a tool to inform and educate the public.”

Along with Second Century Clearwater exhibit, Jennie Pearl, Bazaar Art creative director, will present rotating exhibits in the Second Century Studios with a number of local artists who will be present in the studio working on original artwork, jewelry designs and other art. The first exhibit is entitled Reflections of Clearwater.

The city of Clearwater has had a working relationship with Pearl, who is the host of the monthly Art Bazaar Painting in Park held at Station Square Park in Downtown Clearwater with art classes and the popular art throw down where artists compete in different types of art mediums and styles.

“A broader goal is to promote public art – art in the downtown,” Canary said.

To learn more about Second Century Studios, contact Laura Canary, economic coordinator for the city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency, at (727) 562-4024 or laura.canary@myclearwater.com.

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