Does the Tampa Bay Area Lack Culture?

As museums throughout the region, including at least one in Largo, open their doors for free on Saturday, we want to know what you think about the area’s cultural scene.

Tampa Bay area residents have heard it all. The region is “devoid” of culture. It lacks refinement. There’s just not an appreciation for the arts here.

Despite a major performing arts center, an orchestra, the treasure trove that is Sarasota and dozens of museums and galleries, some agree with the critics.

Even so, many Tampa Bay area museums are stepping up to the plate to take part in Saturday’s Museum Live Day, sponsored annually by Smithsonian Magazine. On Sept. 29, museums throughout the country will offer free admission to expose their cultural offerings to a larger population.

In the Tampa Bay area, some of the museums providing free entry with downloaded tickets on Saturday include the Armed Forces History Museum, the Tampa Bay History Center, the Florida Holocaust Museum, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. A complete list of venues is available on Smithsonian.com. Tickets for entry must be printed out from the website.

So Tampa Bay, what do you think? Is our region doing just fine on the cultural front, or could it use some help? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Lynda October 01, 2012 at 08:37 PM
The overwhelming lines on Saturday do show many people are interested in current museums but cost is a factor in attendance. And the comments on the need for good transportation that isn't automobile-focused should be a real wake up call to the planners! What special interests are the obstacles to light rail when so many would benefit?
Gary Huckleberry October 03, 2012 at 06:14 PM
A healthy "culture" is impossible where necessities (home, utilities, transport) are taxed. This and any other extortion guarantees that the most abusive people and practices will overtake the kind ones. The excellent artists will be ignored. So - extortion - railway, stadiums, museums, .. everything will necessarily have an overall negative effect.
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