Posted by: tampachamber on Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tina Cotton Assistant Vice President, Financial Foundations - USAA  Leadership Tampa Class of 2013 Who would have known our great city of Tampa was a culture ROCK STAR!  Well, that is what I learned during our most recent Leadership Tampa '13 event. During Cultural Day, our team had the opportunity to learn more about the history of Tampa and the Arts culture.  I will share briefly regarding each tour. H.B Plant Museum was our first stop. What a great way to start the tour and learn about their history.  We also had the pleasure of a performance by one of their stars who did a very impressive job representing Teddy Roosevelt. Tampa Theatre.  Many of my classmates had been to the Tampa Theatre before.  I had passed by it many times but had not visited.  Boy was I in for a treat!  The architect in the building is incredible.  The Director, John Bell, shared with us the history of the theater and what he will be  doing to get into the digital world. Tampa Museum of Art.   Again another place I had not visited before and what a treat.   The architect was unlike what I have seen in other museums. The openness  had you embrace walking around and viewing everything.  The featured artist had a great collection.  We also learned local artist are often featured. During lunch, we had  the opportunity to ask questions of a panel who have experience in the art/cultural aspects of Tampa.  The panel was very informative and shared with us their contributions to the community. After lunch, we visited the Straz Performing Arts Center.  Our tour of the center was a class act, no pun intended, from start to finish.  We ended our day at Stageworks.  To see the contrast between the Straz and Stageworks was good.  The biggest difference of course being the size of the locations and the different venues the Straz offers.  What was amazing though was the local talent we were made aware of at Stageworks is very good and can definitely hold its own in terms of producing amazing and quality shows. All of the events during Cultural Day were fun and exhilarating.  I was very impressed with how each place have affordable prices and some even free events that the community can attend.  I believe a lot of folks believe attending events such as these are very expensive and I am sure depending on the event it may be; however, overall what I heard was there are affordable ways individuals and families can enjoy culture in Tampa.