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SHINE Mural Festival: An Annual Celebration of the Power of Art in Public Spaces
St Pete is becoming a hot bed for emerging and established artists of all medium. One of the growing and most visible art forms in St Pete are the murals and street art popping up all over town. The city was recently rated as one of the "Top 10 spots for Street Art" by Huffington Post. One of the best ways to experience this vibrant and thought provoking art form is during the annual SHINE Mural Festival held around the first 10 days of September. The festival celebrates and illuminates the power of art in public spaces to revitalize neighborhoods and to inspire connections. In the first two years of the festival, it has created dialogue, united the community, and shown a colorful light on St Pete's creative and vibrant spirit. In 2016, the annual festival brought 17 artist together from San Francisco to Philadelphia and Hong Kong to Italy and everywhere in between to create murals in St Pete that are at times whimsical, provocative, thought provoking and always eye-catching. In addition to the spectacular murals that evolve over the course of the 10-day festival, there are opportunities to participate in mural paintings, bike tours, eclectic parties with local vendors, gatherings at the Dali museum, and a closing SHINE Live music festival. Residents of St Pete are proud of the ever-growing collection of street art in their town. During the festival you'll find them visiting murals over and over as they evolve from sketch to finished art. If you visit, stop and chat with the artists and mural art fans and share their love of art in the community.
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