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Our sugar-white beaches and turquoise water have been inspiring artists and musicians ever since the first settlers arrived here more than four centuries ago. From art museums and opera to glass blowing workshops and the history of the Blues, our artistic spirit is alive and well.

 

Anna Lamar Switzer Gallery

1000 College Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504
850.484.2550
www.visualarts.pensacolastate.edu

The Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, located at Pensacola State College, provides an annual schedule of changing exhibitions, visiting artists, and events. The Switzer Center Gallery occupies a special place in the life of Pensacola State College and the lives of Northwest Florida residents and visitors. As a teaching gallery, it is a catalyst for creativity by providing the best examples of contemporary art for students that relate to studio endeavors. The Gallery has a vital role to play as a resource for learning that connects academia to the public at large.

 

First City Art Center

1060 N. Guillemard Street, Pensacola, FL 32501
850.595.5985
www.firstcityart.org

First City Art Center is a working art center that engages the community through a broad range of workshops, classes, gallery shows, community events, outreach and field-trip programs. FCAC's role in the community is unique - the center is an artistic "hatchery" for many forms of art creation including glass, pottery, music and visual arts. FCAC cultivates a creative culture that encourages people of all backgrounds, ages and skill levels to explore, participate and experiment with art. The Center provides opportunities for people to create through glassblowing, glass bead making, clay sculpting, pottery on the wheel, hand-built pottery, drawing, painting, and with a continued emphasis on expanding offerings.

 

Pensacola Little Theatre

400 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
850.432.2042 
Details | www.pensacolalittletheatre.com

As the oldest continually operating community theater in the Southeastern United States, the Pensacola Little Theatre has been providing live theatrical events to Pensacola for nearly 80 years. Today, the theater presents more than 15 plays and musicals each year. Most performances are in the main theater, with several smaller productions presented in the black-box space called the M.C. Blanchard Courtroom. PLT’s educational offerings include after-school classes for children from age 3 through high school, as well as weekend classes for adults. Half-day camps are also offered for students each summer. The Lab Rats Junior Improv Troupe allows teens the opportunity for specialized training in the classics and improvisation.

The Art Gallery at University of West Florida

11000 University Parkway, Bldg. 82, Pensacola, FL 32514
850.474.2045
www.uwf.edu

The Art Gallery (TAG) at the University of West Florida seeks to challenge, stimulate, and engage students and the greater public through direct interaction with works of contemporary art. The Art Gallery’s annual series of revolving exhibitions highlights innovative regional, national, and international artists and artwork. These exhibitions seek to promote contemporary critical thinking and cultural inspiration for the benefit of UWF students and the greater Gulf Coast community. The Art Gallery is ideally located across from Mainstage Theatre and Music Hall in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

 

Voices of Pensacola

117 E. Government St., Pensacola, Florida 32502
www.historicpensacola.org

Opened in 2014, this multicultural center highlights the diversity of the city through dynamic exhibits representative of the cultural groups that have shaped Pensacola history. Visitors to the Voices of Pensacola can watch and listen to videos of individuals telling their unique Pensacola story as well as shop for unique gifts in our museum store. The space also includes an oral history recording room where additional stories can be recorded and archived. On the second floor is the Hilton-Green Research Room, which houses a vast variety of documents, maps and photographs.

 

Pensacola Museum of Art

407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
850.432.6247
Details | www.pensacolamuseum.org

Over the past 63 years, the Pensacola Museum of Art has presented hundreds of exhibitions and thousands of educational opportunities, becoming the foundation for the visual arts in our community. As Pensacola continues to evolve as a dynamic cultural hub in Florida's Northwest region, the PMA plays an even greater role in offering quality visual art experiences and arts education, now serving nearly 100,000 patrons annually. The museum also tailors visual arts education to each age group - offering a variety of art experiences including drawing, painting, clay, collage, found object art, art history and much more. Freedom of expression is encouraged as students learn art techniques, problem-solving, and the elements and principals of art and design.

 


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