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Ybor City is Proud to Announce the
heART of Ybor Community Art Contest!

Ybor is the heart of Tampa…and art is part of the heart of Ybor! In continuation of the Heart of Tampa campaign celebrating Ybor City’s strong history, diversity, and collective economic impact on the area, this is the official ‘heART of Ybor’ call out to Tampa artists to submit their entries to show what Ybor City means to them!  

If you have art in your heart and want to share your creativity and love for Ybor City, consider selecting your favorite medium to express why you think Ybor is ‘The Heart of Tampa’ and art is the ‘heART of Ybor.’ 

Express your artistic creativity from a diverse choice of mixed mediums, from traditional painting and drawing to digital art and performance, with an out-of-the-box category for the creatives that simply don’t fit inside any boxes. 

  • Submissions will be accepted starting Tuesday, August 24, 2021, to Friday, October 22, 2021.
  • Three winners will be selected in each category and announced on the contest website and Ybor City Development Corporation’s social media the first week in November.
  • Winners will receive media exposure, gift cards to Ybor City businesses, and LOVE from the Ybor community.

Using your unique artistic skill in any of the formats below, please submit one interpretation of what Ybor City means to you and your life here in Tampa. Limit (1) entry per category per person. 

Submission Categories (Select the categories below to learn more.)
  • Art forms such as painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, video, filmmaking, design, or crafts.
  • Submission Details: Submit a photo of your piece with at least three angles, or a digital file of your graphic art in the form below. Include your full name and contact details, as well as the title and description of your work.
  • Art forms made with digital technology or presented on digital technology. This includes images done completely on a computer or hand-drawn images scanned into a computer.
  • Submission Details: Submit a digital file of your digital art in the form below. Include your full name and contact details, as well as the title and description of your work.
  • Performing arts are art forms such as dance, music, opera, theatre and musical theatre, magic, illusion, mime, spoken word, puppetry, or circus arts.
  • Submission Details: Submit a video clip and if applicable a written copy of the poem, script, etc. in the form below. Include your full name and contact details, as well as the title and description of your work.
  • Have a passion for something that doesn’t fit one of the above boxes? Submit your out-of-the-box artwork with this category!
  • Submission Details: Submit a photo with at least three angles or video clip of your piece in the form below. Include your full name and contact details, as well as the title and description of your work.

heART of Ybor – Community ART Contest

  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, png, gif, pdf, mp4, doc, Max. file size: 200 MB, Max. files: 4.
    • If you are submitting a photo or other artwork with people in it, please have the image waiver form downloaded and completed. If you are one of the selected winners with people at a recognizable distance in your photo, we will request an image waiver.
    • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, Max. file size: 2 MB.