A Place to Visit: The Straz Center

Featuring Friday Opera Mix-N-Mingle and More!

Join the Friday Opera Mix and Mingle on April 24, 2020 at 6:30 at the Riverwalk Tent by the Straz Center.  Add on a cocktail reception with your Friday evening performance and enjoy a mix-n-mingle event along the Riverwalk. Passed hors d’oeuvres, tapas stations, two drink tickets and a cash bar.  Tickets need to be purchased in advance. $45 Riverwalk Tent (weather permitting). Right now the Friday Opera Mix and Mingle has not yet been cancelled.  Please check the Straz Center for updates. To purchase tickets click here.

All other events at the Straz Center have been postponed until April 18, 2020. Please continue to check their website here for details.

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Built on an abandoned gravel lot in a city that was lacking cultural offerings, the Straz Center began as the dream of a community.  Today the Straz Center is the largest performing arts center in the Southeast and the only one with an on-site performing arts conservatory. The center was incorporated in 1980 and opened in 1987.

straz center building at night

In the early 1990s, the Straz Center (then known as Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center) established arts education as a community priority, working closely with area public, private and home school programs to enhance arts education for children throughout the seven-county Tampa Bay area. Outreach programs included curriculum connectors to Florida education standards and teacher study guides in print and online. The Center’s extended in-school artistic residencies, summer programs and after school offerings helped to fill the increasing gaps in arts education left by budget cuts.

Educational Programs at Straz Center

Since 1991 the Center’s Education department housed programs such as Tampa Bay Youth Orchestra and Community Arts Ensemble, a free summer theater day camp that served urban children in need by connecting them with nationally known artists in a rehearsal-based process. Each summer, an original musical play was written and produced especially for that year’s group of up to 100 children to perform in a fully-staged production for friends and family in one of the Center’s main halls.

For other performances in the Destination Tampa Bat area check out Jethro Tull and Big Little Town.

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