St. Pete Nonprofits Partnering to Celebrate the Arts

 Becky Smith, Public Relations Intern at The Florida Holocaust Museum

August 17, 2017 marks National Nonprofit Day. Nonprofits are organizations or businesses trying to make the community a better place through education and advocacy by relying solely on donations.

On September 9, The Florida Holocaust Museum is partnering with Keep St. Pete Lit to present the Museum’s new artistic exhibition, The Holocaust and Book of Fire by Murray Zimiles where nine writers will perform their short stories, poems, and imaginings inspired by this exhibition as apart of St. Pete Art Alliance’s Second Saturday Art Walk.

Keep St. Pete Lit is a nonprofit celebrating and promoting the literary community in the St. Pete area through arts, education and events. The organization offers summer camps for kids, writer’s workshops, book clubs and so much more to get the community involved in exploring the arts.

The St. Pete Art Alliance is another nonprofit committed to making serious investments in local arts organizations, artists and creative businesses. Every second Saturday of the month, the Art Alliance hosts ‘Art Walk’ throughout downtown St. Pete where around 40 art studios, galleries and museums open their doors to the public for free to enjoy the vibrant art community.

In my experiences (as a creative thinking person), I’ve seen the Liberal Arts get swept under the rug compared to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Curriculum in schools have moved to being more focused on STEM classes with little emphasis on writing and social studies like history, art and reading which shows students how imagine and use critical thinking. Expressing yourself through creativity is nearly therapy for lots of people and should be treated and recognized as such.  Keep St. Pete Lit and the Art Alliance are some amazing nonprofit organizations making a great difference in the creative districts of St. Pete.

The Florida Holocaust Museum is also a nonprofit dedicated to educating members of all races and cultures on the worth and dignity of human life to prevent hate & bigotry while promoting tolerance & positive change. In recent news, I think people need to be reminded of humanity and history to make progress in the present.

St. Petersburg is thriving with nonprofits working together to make influences on the area. I am so happy there’s a day of recognition for the people in the world who are constantly giving back.

To find out more about the Exhibition Opening Reception at the Museum with Keep St. Pete Lit, visit