Pinellas Community Foundation to Mark 50th Anniversary with Celebration

LARGO — Which of the following does not fit?

• Music that represents the various stages of Alzheimer’s

• An octogenarian dancer whose video shows how age affects dance

• An Elvis impersonator

Answer: They all belong on the list!

The musicians, the dancer and Sherwood White (the Elvis performer) are among the entertainers, artists, and other local creative types slated for Festivale 50, the upcoming anniversary celebration the Pinellas Community Foundation will hold Friday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Creative Pinellas campus, 12211 Walsingham Road in Largo.

The talented people performing at Festivale 50 include Act II artists, recipients of an $8,000 grant PCF created in 2018. Each of its four recipients got $2,000 for using art to explore the concept of aging emotionally, intellectually and physically. Paula Kramer, 80, whose video explores dance in one’s older years, also received the grant.

The PCF, formed in 1969, has provided $50 million in grants to more than 262 nonprofits. Projects have focused on affordable housing initiatives, supported youth and families, supported women’s issues, provided care for people with disabilities, and of course supported arts, education and cultural enrichment programs.

State money for art programs has become increasingly harder to come by. The Florida Legislature in 2018 cut grant funding from $25 million to $2.6 million for museums, science centers and artistic programs. Programs for older artists, musicians and other creative people also lost state funding, the PCF’s chief said.

“Unfortunately, arts funding has been dramatically cut from the state of Florida budget in the recent year,” said Duggan Cooley, the foundation’s CEO. “Festivale 50 allows us to put a focus on the importance of arts and culture in our communities and highlight the organizations in Pinellas County that are supported by the foundation.”

The PCF offers other grants for Pinellas County residents who are 55 and older. In fact, PCF just announced its newest $10 million grant, a fund from Senior Citizens Services Inc.

The new fund brings together two foundations committed to addressing the needs of older adults in Pinellas County. Each of the $12,000 grants covers a specific area, such as housing, social services, and wellness. SCS board President Bill Sturtevant said the arrangement helps SCS better administer its grants.

“We are honored by the faith shown in us by SCS to efficiently and effectively manage their charitable investment,” Duggan said.

The performances for the event include artists from:

• The American Stage Theatre

• Arts Conservatory for Teens

• Clearwater Jazz Holiday

• Creative Clay

• Dunedin Fine Art Center

• EMIT Adventurous Music

• The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

• The Morean Arts Center

• The St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts

• Neighborhood Oriented Mobile Art & Design (NOMAD) art bus


• Pinellas Sheriff’s Police Athletic League

• Ruth Eckerd Hall

• The Arc Tampa Bay

• The Florida Orchestra

For more information on Festivale 50 and PCF programs, visit, or call 727-531-0058.