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. Our artistic efforts include:
- Gallery exhibits in the cafe & community hall that give voice to important societal issues
- Art talks, installations, and documentary film screenings & discussions
- Creative music and other artistic performances at the 1001 Gathering and Open Mic Nights
- Opportunities to create art at the 1001 Gathering
- Explorations of the healing power of art
Current Exhibits | Experiences | Events
Artists in Recovery: In the Cafe & Community Hall
Artistic Expressions: Art Therapy Class – The Portico (Fridays at 12 noon)
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.
Hope, Healing, and Humanity: A Night of Art and Community
Join us for an open mic night and art exhibition on Friday, September 22nd at 6 pm, where we will celebrate the healing power of art and give our community the chance to display their talents.
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.