Creative Arts & Design is an essential economic driver in St. Petersburg, playing a key role in the City’s tourism by placing it as the cultural capital of Florida. For tourists and locals alike, the city offers immense opportunities for enjoying the arts with dozens of top-ranked galleries, theatrical and music venues, world-famous museums, and performing arts companies.

From the Dali Museum and Duncan McClellan to major media companies and Augmented Reality firms like Marxent, St. Petersburg is an incubator of thriving creative businesses.


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St. Pete has held the No. 1 ranking as America’s Arts Destination for mid-sized cities since 2010, named by AmericanStyle Magazine.

As an industry sector, creative arts and design goes beyond the traditional fine arts, like the city's 900+ public murals, to include businesses engaged in graphic design, new media, and virtual reality, and gaming. With a growing reputation and burgeoning arts scene, St. Pete is poised to experience further growth in the Creative Arts and Design sector.

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Several academic programs fuel St. Pete’s readily available Creative Arts and Design talent pool. In addition to higher education programs and institutions, two of St. Pete’s high schools offer career academies that provide early exposure to Creative Arts and Design skills and knowledge including Northeast High School’s Academy of Information Technology and Dixie Hollins High School’s Graphic Arts Academy.