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Magazine once again loves Tampa Bay as arts destination

ST. PETERSBURG — For the third year in a row, St. Petersburg sits atop the list of Top Arts Destinations for midsized cities by AmericanStyle magazine.

"This is just great for the city," said Elizabeth Brinklow, cultural affairs manager for St. Petersburg.

Tampa, with its collection of new downtown museums — the Glazer Children's Museum and the Tampa Museum of Art — came in third on the list.

Brinklow added that she had some concerns when Atlanta, which has a much larger population in its greater metro area, changed its category and thus was put into contention with the Sunshine City.

"I've been preaching every chance I get to celebrate the arts," said Mayor Bill Foster. "The community did that."

"It's people like (artistic director) Bob Devin Jones and (glass artist) Duncan McClellan. I can't take any credit," he said.

The magazine will officially release the winners' names in the June 8 publication, but city officials and local museums are already beaming.

In addition to the Salvador Dalí Museum, the magazine also mentions the Chihuly collection and the current exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts: "Global + Local."

>> Fast facts

Top 10 midsized cities for 2012

1. St. Petersburg

2. Dayton, Ohio

3. Tampa

4. Alexandria, Va.

5. New Orleans

6. Savannah, Ga.

7. Miami

8. Atlanta

9. Cincinnati

10. Charleston, S.C.

Magazine once again loves Tampa Bay as arts destination 05/18/12 [Last modified: Saturday, May 19, 2012 8:55pm]
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