Herd About Tampa Bay is a new project created by Jay Goulde, Executive Director of The Outdoor Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes artists and the Arts in the Tampa Bay area and throughout Florida. Goulde announces this new project, which is planned to exhibit the talents of our local artists while the national spotlight is on the Tampa Bay area during the upcoming Republican National Convention.
“From August 5th through September 6th, 2012, approximately 50 uniquely decorated fiberglass Elephants will be displayed at high-profile locations throughout the Tampa Bay Area including downtown Tampa near the Convention, Tampa International Airport, sponsors places of business and other locations to be determined,” said Goulde. “Individual Elephants will be sponsored by local businesses and individuals and decorated by local artists.”
Goulde has issued a Call to Artists, which provides details for artists who wish to participate in the project and decorate an Elephant. A line drawing template of the Elephanat figure is prepared to be printed out, so that artists may sketch in their design ideas and submit them to be considered for the project.
Gould said that the project is not meant to serve any political purpose, or to symbolize any political meaning. “Elephant design criteria calls for creativity and artistry,” he said. “Design proposals cannot contain direct advertisements for companies, products or services. There can be no design proposals with offensive subject matter. We would prefer that you refrain from making any kind of religious, social or political statement with your Elephant design. This being said, creativity that produces subtle or clever messages associating the artwork with products or missions will be considered.”
Sponsors who would like to participate may select from the designs submitted or work with an artist of their choice, which they may choose to bring in to the project. Artists may bring their own sponsor to the project. There are a number of different ways that artists and sponsors may be paired up to work together on creating an Elephant, which the sponsor may keep or donate to a favorite charity at the end of the project, after the display period is over.
Complete information may be downloaded from the OAF Facebook page, both on how to sponsor an elephant and how artists can participate in decorating one. Click the links for the information:
Herd About Tampa Bay – Sponsor Information on Facebook
Herd About Tampa Bay – Call to Artists on Facebook
Click on the slide show attached to this article to see some examples of sculptures created in previous OAF projects.
The Outdoor Arts Foundation has a decade long history of successfully organizing community projects that link area professional artists with business and individual sponsors, to make decorated fiberglass sculptures and other artistic creations. The projects raise money to continue the work of the nonprofit arts group. Often the OAF partners with other nonprofits to raise money to donate to their worthy causes.
The latest completed project, Fins Across Florida -Tampa Bay Tarpon, was displayed in 2011 through the winter holidays at Westshore Plaza in Tampa.
Some of the past projects of the Outdoor Arts Foundation include:
- Fins Across Florida -Tampa Bay Tarpon
- Chairs for Chairity
- Manatee Menagerie
- Butterflies of Hope
- Murals and Outdoor Public Art
- The Big Art Show – 2006
- Tour of Turtles
View video of the Tour Of Turtles 2002 Charity Auction Outdoor Arts Foundation Clearwater Marine Aquarium
The Tour of Turtles was the first project Jay Goulde created in 2002, which led to his founding of the Outdoor Arts Foundation. He followed the lead of other successful projects in cities, such as Chicago’s “Cows on Parade,” Cincinnati’s “Big Pig Gig,” and New Orleans’ “Festival of Fins.” The Tour of Turtles differed from approximately 60 projects that had been initiated around the country, because an endangered animal, the Loggerhead sea turtle, was the theme of the project. This gave project organizers a chance to not only promote Tampa Bay artists, but also to promote awareness about the plight of the Loggerhead and the work done at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to rescue, rehabilitate and release them.
The decorated turtle sculptures were placed throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. Turtles were seen at Bay Area malls, restaurants, retail businesses, restaurants, airports and attractions. Soon after their introduction, the turtles were appreciated by residents and visitors.
The Tour culminated in a charity auction wherein 92 of the 98 turtles were auctioned to raise approximately $250,000.00 for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and 68 other Bay Area charities. One turtle, Esperanza, meaning “hope” in Spanish, was sold for $15,000.00. Other turtles sold for between $500.00 and $9700.00. The Tour of Turtles set the tone and started the idea which has since evolved into Butterflies, Chairs, Dog houses, Play houses, Manatees, Tarpon and now Elephants!
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Contact Jay Goulde, Executive Director, at:
Outdoor Arts Foundation
800 51st Avenue N.
St. Petersburg, FL, 33703
Outdoor Arts Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization: EIN# 45-0478133
The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee, Inc. (TBHC) is a Florida not-for-profit corporation and is a certified charity under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The TBHC is not involved in any political activity whatsoever and serves to promote the Tampa Bay area, alleviate the burdens of local government and drive economic development in the local community.