Enhancing the social, spiritual, and artistic fabric of Downtown Tampa

About Portico Arts

From its inception, The Portico has been a hub for the local artistic community. Our dedicated arts team leaders and volunteers have curated a space that fosters important

 Conversation, Connection, and Community Change.

Many of the visual and performing arts you experience on campus are produced and curated by a team of dedicated local artists and volunteers.

  • Gallery exhibits (in The Cafe & Community Hall) that give voice to important societal issues
  • Art Talks & Discussions, Installations and Documentary Film Screenings & Discussions
  • Creative Music, Song and Performance
  • Spoken Word, Poetry Readings and Storytelling
  • Celebrating the Joy of Motion

Current Exhibits | Experiences | Events

Featured Artist: Gatsby Not Art – Dressed as a Friend

Artistic Expressions: Art Therapy Class – Hyde Park Campus

This class is open to adults, and especially catered to the homeless, who are interested in art-making classes. Students from the University of Tampa provide guidance and educational tips on creative art making. There is no experience required for this class.

Artistic Expressions: Art Therapy Class | Larry Magee | Homeless Artist – Hyde Park Campus


One of our Open Arms friends, Larry Magee, is an artist who was commissioned to create two pieces for the new Ferman Center for the Arts. Larry created two panels of abstract art that have been installed in the Center’s space. Larry’s art project is a collaboration with the Tampa Museum of Art, Las Damas, and Hyde Park United Methodist and Dr. Joseph Scarce, Ph.D., Assistant Professor – BA in Art Therapy Program, University of Tampa, worked with Larry on the project.

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Permanent Installations & Artists

Timothy P. Schmalz - Homeless Jesus

Illsol - "For the Love of THIS City"

Courtney Pasterchick - Love This City

Josefina Sanders - Homeless Memorial

Nate Hvizdos - Rise By Lifting Others

Calling All Local Artists

The Portico accepts and reviews portfolio submissions on a rolling basis for consideration for solo exhibits at The Portico Café and Community Hall at 1001 N. Florida Street, Tampa.

Proposals maybe theoretical with a proven quality of work or work in process by the artist. Although all subject matter will be reviewed and considered, the core concepts behind the Portico and its gathering spaces are conversation, connection, and community change. Art that initiates conversation, creates connections with its audiences, or is based on community issues may be prioritized. Exhibitions may rotate monthly, dependent on scheduling, with a gallery reception hosted on Fourth Fridays, and the installation will remain displayed during the variety of public and private events hosted at The Portico. Art must be acceptable to all audiences because of the number of varied events hosted at The Portico, and ready-to-hang 2D only at this time.

Previously Featured Artists

Michelle Becker

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Maria Ortiz

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Michelle Sawyer

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Curtis Whitwam

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Hope Donnelly

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