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Paradise Found: LRMA Celebrates 15 Years

On Exhibit June 3-September 24, 2017

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL

The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art turned 15 this year and to celebrate, we are showcasing the best of the collection, new acquisitions, honoring collectors and artists, and digging into the vault to unearth never-before-seen works. This two-part series will begin with summer-themed exhibitions that pay tribute to our beautiful area in Paradise Found. The celebration continues October through December with Fall into Greatness, including themed exhibitions, activities and an installation of Rattner’s studio.

Selina Roman, Untitled (Lean), 2011, archival ink jet print, 36 x 24 in., Gift of Katherine Gibson and Jose R. Gelats in honor of R. Lynn Whitelaw, 2015.16.1

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Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’

Tuesday, September 26 at 8:00pm

Palladium Theater
253 5th Ave N., St. Petersburg, FL

Don’t miss blues titans Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’, sharing the stage with their band, and performing songs from their long-anticipated collaborative album “TajMo.”

While the two have known and influenced each other for decades, and Taj played a key role in Keb’s first record deal, ‘TajMo’ marks the first proper collaboration between Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’. The album’s 11-song set includes covers of John Mayer and The Who, as well as six original songs. ‘TajMo’ brings out the best in both artists, with the pair merging their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that’s firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure.

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Laughter, Awakening and Evolution with Swami Beyondananda

September 28, 6:00-8:15 pm

SPC Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions
SPC Seminole Campus Conference Center
9200 113th St. North, Seminole, FL

Comedy is an ancient form of political commentary, dating to the Greek Comedies of the Sixth Century BC. Comedy serves as a social corrective, for beneath the laughter are layers of social commentary that force us to confront realities that we might prefer to ignore. Humorist Steve Bhaerman uses his unique brand of political comedy to make serious observations about life, politics and the state of civil discourse in a divided country. As Swami Beyondananda, he promotes a “conscious evolution” – an understanding of life as “a spiritual, intentional process.”

Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for students and educators. The event includes dinner and the program. Seating is limited and registration is required.


Fall Into Greatness: LRMA Celebrates 15 Years

On Exhibit October 8 – December 30

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL

Fall into Greatness: LRMA Celebrates 15 Years will be the second part of this series commemorating the museum’s anniversary with themed exhibitions that highlights major collectors, favorite works, new acquisitions, rarely seen works, and honors beloved donors. We will also collaborate with renowned local artists featured in the collection. Featured will be some of the greats like Pablo Picasso, Christopher Still, and Leonard Baskin.

Christopher StillSelf-Portrait with Robe, 1984, Oil on Masonite, 36 1/2 x 48 in., Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, St. Petersburg College, From the Gulf Coast Museum of Art Collection, Gift of the Poynter Institute, GC2004.006

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The Drug Epidemic: How Opioids Became a Death Machine

Tuesday, October 10 at 6-8pm

SPC Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions
SPC Seminole Campus Digitorium (UP 160)
9200 113th St. North, Seminole, FL

Fueled by the mixing of deadly synthetic chemicals with heroin, an epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses (59,000 in 2016) has created a drug crisis in Florida and the nation that ripples across health care, law enforcement, medical first-response, social service and criminal justice agencies. A panel of local experts will discuss how opioid addiction became such a health crisis and the strategies to address it.

This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested.


Fall STEM Festival

Saturday, October 21 at 10am-2pm

SPC Clearwater Campus
2465 Drew St, Clearwater, FL

Explore, enjoy and connect through STEM-related activities involving science, technology, engineering and math. There will be music, food, demonstrations, themed exhibits and prizes.

FREE event open to students from area schools and the community!