FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2015
Brenna Haggar, Manager of Public Affairs
Pinellas County Tax Collector announces Kids Tag Art Pinellas pilot program
A public-private partnership to benefit arts education in Pinellas County
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, AUGUST 12, 2015 – Diane Nelson, Pinellas County Tax Collector, is pleased to announce the launch of Kids Tag Art Pinellas, a community partnership program that will bring businesses, students, families, government, and the public school system together to increase awareness about the importance of arts in our community. It is an elementary art curriculum that teaches children how art is used in commerce while raising needed funds to support arts education throughout Pinellas County.
“It is imperative that Pinellas County students have the opportunity to not only think creatively but also strategically,” said Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson. “Kids Tag Art provides the opportunity for students to expand their horizons and learn about the economic benefits of arts in Pinellas and throughout the world.”
Elementary art students will create their own unique vanity tag that family and friends will be able to purchase for the front of their cars. All funds raised will directly support arts education in Pinellas County. One dollar from the sale of each tag will benefit the St. Petersburg College Foundation’s “I AM 4 ART, U CAN B 2” Scholarship Fund. Remaining proceeds from tag sales and community sponsorships will be given to the Pinellas County Schools Visual Arts Department to be used exclusively as supplement funding for art enrichment programs and supplies for participating schools.
The Kids Tag Art Pinellas pilot program will kick off at the beginning of the 2015/2016 school year in 20 elementary schools.
According to the Arts Education Partnership’s Preparing Students for the Next America report, “Arts programs support student achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st-century workforce and enrich the lives of young people and communities.”
“Art education helps Pinellas County Schools students become more confident and more understanding of the world around them. Kids Tag Art Pinellas will help to foster the creativity of our students, while enabling the school district to provide more resources for our art education programs in classrooms,” said Michael A. Grego, Ed.D., Pinellas County Schools Superintendent.
For more information about Kids Tag Art Pinellas and community sponsor opportunities, visit www.kidstagartpinellas.org.
ABOUT THE PINELLAS COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR¹S OFFICE: The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office is a constitutionally elected office. Responsibilities include collecting and distributing state and local taxes and providing driver license and motor vehicle registration services to Pinellas County residents. The Office received the 2013 Governor’s Sterling Award for performance excellence. For more information visit www.taxcollect.com/newsroom.
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