About Lights On Tampa

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Lights On Tampa is a biennial event bringing free access to artistic excellence that is fun and family friendly, includes a multi-level education program and presents a lasting element to our cityscape. This past February, Lights On Tampa returned to downtown with innovative and interactive public art experiences.  THe 2015 event was the first year to expand, taking place two consecutive nights: February 20th and Saturday, February 21st, 2015 from 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Both nights featured two choreographed performances of Nick Cave's "HEARD Tampa".  

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Lights On Tampa is a public/private partnership between the City of Tampa’s Art Programs Division and the Public Art Alliance, a 501 (c) 3 organization. The program began in 2006 with the desire to bring something bold, of high quality and “on the moment” to Tampa. The objective was to literally put the spotlight on Tampa and its regional assets. The Program returned in 2009 when Tampa hosted the NFL’s Super Bowl XLIII, in 2011 in the (then) new Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 2012 for the Republican National Convention, and will return February 2015 to kick-off Gasparilla Arts Month.  In 2010, the program was recognized as one of the 50 most significant art programs in the U.S. in the last 50 years (Americans for the Arts).

The vision of the initial Lights On Tampa was formed to welcome new ideas and to provide a platform for experimentation in and through the arts. The results have been rewarding and trendsetting. Review press coverage of Lights On Tampa 2015.