Pinellas news briefs

Artists sought
Published March 22

The LGBTQ Resource Center seeks artists

The LGBTQ Resource Center is planning its third annual ArtOut exhibit, with an opening reception to be held May 30 at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S, following a Pride march and LGBTQ Pride Flag raising ceremony at the library. LGBTQ artists and straight allies in Gulfport are invited to have their work considered for this year’s event. The deadline to commit to participation is April 30. There is no fee for participation. For information, call (727) 503-9227 or email

Gulfport Merchant's Chamber seeks artist grant applicants

The Gulfport Merchant’s Chamber has announced a call for applicants for its 2019/2020 “Rise and Shine” Grants for eligible artists living in Pinellas County. The purpose of the grants is to support Gulfport’s and Pinellas County’s creative community and to promote the city as an art destination. Preference will given to artists living in Gulfport. Applicants must be 18 years or older. Two grants, including funding, marketing/advertising support and exhibition space, will be offered with a total value of $1,000 each. Applicants must furnish proof of residency, a resume, artist statement, digital images of previous work and online links. For details, go to and click on “Artist Grant” at the bottom of the page. Contact for more information.