ST. PETERSBURG Ė On Wednesday, July 30, at 6 p.m., the first in a series of free monthly cultural meetups comes to the Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., followed by a 7:30 p.m. happy hour at Green Bench Brewing Company, 1133 Baum Ave. N.
Organized through a partnership between local arts agency Creative Pinellas and local literary champions Wordier Than Thou, these CRAFT: Cultural Meetups are open to artists, performers and cultural organizations of all types with RSVP.
The series was created to offer an informal space for artists in all disciplines to meet, learn about local arts venues, and discuss potential collaborations.
CRAFT events begin at 6 p.m. with a casual gathering and tour through a participating Pinellas County arts venue, and at 7:30 p.m. groups adjourn to a nearby local brewery for drinks and conversation.
Guests are encouraged to bring business cards or event flyers to share with the group, and stick around for a free raffle afterward for a chance to win items such as museum memberships or event tickets donated by arts industry partners.
Future CRAFT events are planned for the Dunedin Fine Art Center (Sept. 24 with Dunedin Brewery), Florida Craftsmen Gallery, and elsewhere throughout the county. Additional new venues and dates are soon to be announced.