This Is What It Looks Like to Change a Child’s Life

On the far side of the indoor basketball court, a line of wobbly-kneed elementary school kids stomps through a sequence of shuffle-step, shuffle-step with their dance teacher clapping time. Their shiny, tiny tap shoes clobber the gymnasium with sounds, their faces an endearing mix of intense concentration and unadulterated joy. Out of context, this line […]

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Summer Camps Are Back

On July 6, the Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center opened a very limited number of on-campus camps, complete with social distancing, temperature checks and masks. The camps have been an amazing way for kids to continue their creative pursuits. Students who were unable to attend on campus were still able to take advantage of […]

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All Roads Lead to The Straz

Construction crews are taking advantage of this intermission to move forward with modifications to the roadways around The Straz. The city is changing the configuration of Tyler and Cass Streets to allow for the construction or the AER Tower and creating a new entry to the Arrival Plaza. The following photos, which were taken in […]

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The Straz Center’s Arts Legacy REMIX Was a Long Time in the Making and Looks Like It’s Here to Stay.

What started as a conversation about celebration the Tampa area’s rich artistic heritage turned into a free concert series drawing unexpectedly large crowds. After a brutal warrior’s stint in Vietnam that gave him an ultimatum to become brutal himself or take a higher calling, Fred chose love. A longtime jazz musician who’d played with Aretha […]

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Past, Present & Future: The D’Angelo Family’s Long Love of Opera Supports Emerging Artists.

The 2019 D’Angelo Young Artist Vocal Competition honors Opera Tampa’s dedication to nurturing new artists. One a more personal note, the competition represents Opera Tampa League Board Chair Gina d’Angelo’s commitment to continuing her parents’ love of music through philanthropic support. When Straz Center donor and Opera Tampa League chairperson Gina d’Angelo was in college, […]

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Straz Salutes: an organizational mission to make sure our military and veteran communities know they have a place at The Straz.

We’ve always had a soft spot for military, veterans and their families, which is why we’ve offered discounted tickets for our armed forces guests for years. Since 9/11, the country as a whole has seen more wounded warriors return home with visible and invisible injuries sustained in the line of duty. Since we regard our […]

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