creative clay event

After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Creative Clay’s signature fundraiser returns May 20 to NOVA 535 in St. Petersburg.

“This year we are very excited about celebrating at NOVA,” said CEO Kim Dohrman. “We think with the many activities we have planned; it will be a great space. The size of the venue and fact that there is an indoor/outdoor option is great.”

This multi-faceted event highlights the people and projects for whom it raises money: Creative Clay’s member artists and its Community Arts Program. Creative Clay member artists will be on hand drawing free portraits for patrons. Live music, dance and theater performances will augment the celebratory evening.

“Our first Spring for the Arts was in 2013 at the old Pier and it was a smash hit,” said CEO Kim Dohrman. “Since then, we have tried to stick with a similar format of having multiple offerings for our guests as they learn about Creative Clay while having fun! It’s really a great party where guests get to know about our mission organically. Our member artists’ Iconic Landmarks artwork will be on exhibit, we will have Artlink performances in collaboration with the Sparks Collaborative Ensemble, and live portrait drawing.”

On display at the event will be Iconic Landmarks of Tampa Bay, Creative Clay’s newest exhibit. Other event highlights include:

  • Music by Boho Side Show
  • Gourmet food by Island Flavors and Tings
  • Wine pulls with over 25 bottles of high-quality wine (buy a ticket – win a bottle)
  • Opportunity drawings for an Apple computer, Spirit airline tickets, a WUSF $1500 Longest Table Sponsorship for Spring 2023, and more!

A limited silent auction including two Creative Clay hand-painted electric guitars, and other one-of-a-kind items, will be part of the festivities. Guests can also choose from four original member artist Creative Clay designs that Craft-Tee Screen Printing will put on a t-shirt or canvas bag. Monika’s Mirror Booth event photography will also be on hand so guests can capture moments and remember the evening.

Spring for the Arts continues a tradition of fundraising so that Creative Clay can continue serving people with disabilities and neuro-differences through its programs that create equality through art. While the Community Arts Program is the core program, Creative Clay also supports inclusion through the arts with the Artlink mentorship program, a drop-in Open Studio opportunity weekly, and an Arts in Healthcare program.

The public can support these programs and Creative Clay’s vision, while having a fun time, by attending and/or sponsoring Spring for the Arts. Guests will receive a swag bag with sponsor merchandise. Businesses and individuals who sign on to sponsor Spring for the Arts before April 1, 2022, will have the opportunity to have their merchandise/business cards included in the swag bags. Contact Development Coordinator Shane Hoffman at, or by calling 727-825-0515, to inquire about sponsorships.

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About Creative Clay

     Creative Clay’s vision is to make the arts accessible to all. Its mission is to help people with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives by providing expressive, educational and vocational experiences in the arts.

Creative Clay’s core program is its Community Arts Program, which serves 50-60 adult artists with neuro-differences each week. Through the implementation of additional offerings, such as Artlink employment program, Creative Care Arts in Wellness outreach program, and its Pinellas County Schools’ partnership Transition program, individuals of all ages and abilities are mentored, taught and empowered to become working artists who actively create, market and sell their work.

     Learn more about Creative Clay, its vision of equality through art, and its programs at Like Creative Clay on Facebook, follow on Instagram @creativeclaystpete; follow on Twitter @creativeclay and on LinkedIn.