Creative Tampa Bay invites you to join us as the worlds of art and high fashion come together on Friday, September 30 for one of Tampa’s most fashionable events. The second annual CITY: Fashion+Art+Culture is presented by AT&T, DeBartolo Holdings, and Jeff and Penny Vinik in partnership with Neiman Marcus. The event will benefit the Tampa Museum of Art.
A live runway will be the highlight of the evening, but guests will also enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres from local eateries, specialty cocktails, entertainment and access to most of the Museum’s galleries. Proceeds from CITY benefit the Museum’s educational programs. “We consider it a privilege and priority to keep the arts accessible to all,” said Todd D. Smith, executive director. “The CITY event is one of the grander ways we accomplish that goal.”
Carrie Brown, corporate counsel at Brown & Brown and volunteer chair of the CITY steering committee, said the event will bring art, fashion, and culture together. “Outside of creating a colorful and multifaceted evening, our primary goal is to expose our guests to the beauty of the Tampa Museum of Art and to support its notable education programs,” she said.
“An emulsion of fashion and culture” is how Patty Soltis Masin, vice president and general manager of Neiman Marcus Tampa Bay, describes the event. The Neiman Marcus fall fashion forecast “begins with figure-gazing silhouettes paired with refined trimmings such as fur and leather,” Masin said. “Calculated, lady-like dressing has never looked so luxurious and at the same time, liberating. From the iconic red soles to trendy bold golds, more is more and less is a bore. Overly polished, lady-like glamour is back in full swing.” The glamour will be on full display.
It’s made possible, in part, by the generosity of presenting sponsors such as AT&T. “AT&T is pleased to serve as presenting sponsor of this unique fundraiser that benefits the museum’s educational programs. As a long-time supporter of educational initiatives, we know the arts are a key component of a well-rounded education,” said Andrew Hall, regional director- External Affairs, AT&T. “Our commitment to innovation and desire to connect people to their passions is a perfect match with an organization that fosters the appreciation of art and provides experiences which knit our communities together.”
The event starts at 7 p.m. for those with VIP tickets. General admission begins at 8 p.m. The live runway show starts at 9 p.m., and the event ends at 11 p.m.
A $200 VIP ticket includes exclusive access to VIP area featuring hors d’oeuvres by Pane Rustica and champagne courtesy of Aston Martin Tampa Bay, reserved runway seating, private viewing of runway fashions and a VIP gift. “VIP tickets are limited and are selling quickly,” said
Molly James, the Museum’s director of development.
General admission tickets are $100 per person.
Couture Supporters are Aston Martin Tampa Bay; Bay Magazine; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida; Grand Events of Florida; Shumaker, Loop, Kendrick, LLP; and the St. Petersburg Design Supporters are Brown & Brown Insurance; Clinical Research of West Florida, Inc.; Todd Farha and Erin Stuart; Kimmins Contracting Corporation; Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa/Jaime Perez, M.D. and Traci M. Temmen, M.D. ; Security Point Media; Robin Sharp; Tampa Bay Metro; Tower Radiology Centers; The Toni Everett Company; and Debbie and Randy Zomermaand.
Food and beverage for the evening are being provided by Cupcake Girl, Fitlife Foods, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, The Independent Bar and Cafe, J.J. Taylor Distributing, Mise en Place, Pane Rustica Bakery and Cafe, Pizza Fusion, The Refinery, Samuel Adams, Splitsville, Taps Wine and Beer Merchants, Tina Tapa’s, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Additional support is being provided by Free Press Publishing, Mint Hair Lounge, Tampa Bay Parenting, and Wild Out Entertainment.
For more details, visit http://www.cityfashionevent.org/
About the Tampa Museum of Art
The Tampa Museum of Art opened its new award-winning home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on modern and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions.
It is the region’s largest museum devoted to art of our time and has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media. The Museum’s 14,000-square-foot LED installation on its façade is on its way to becoming an iconic image for the city of Tampa. Since its founding in 1979, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge. The Museum is home to Sono Cafe, a Slow Food movement café overlooking the Hillsborough River and has emerged as Tampa’s premiere venue for special events.
The Museum opens daily at 11 a.m. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fridays from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. General admission prices are: adult $10; seniors, groups, military plus one guest $7.50; students $5; and children ages 6 and under free-of-charge. A-pay-what-you-will fee structure is offered every Friday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Museum’s address is 120 West Gasparilla Plaza Tampa, FL 33602