Welcome to the Hillsborough Arts Council

Igniting the arts within us


Connecting arts, community, and culture for all

The Hillsborough Arts Council has been enriching the lives of Hillsborough County residents through arts and culture for more than 50 years. We provide an essential support system for local artists, allowing them to thrive and enhance the way we live, work, and play. We also invest in local artists, arts organizations, and arts programs to enhance access to culture in every corner of Hillsborough County. Whether you’re an organization, a local artist, or an art lover, the Hillsborough Arts Council exists to ignite the arts within all of us.


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Calendar & events

August 25, 2023 - December 1, 2023
USF Contemporary Art Museum
Native America: In Translation features diverse work by nine photographers and lens-based artists who probe the histories of colonialism, and photography’s complex and often fraught role in constructing representation of Native cultures, to offer new perspectives on Indigenous identity and heritage, reimagining what it means to be a citizen in North America today. Native America: […]
September 9, 2023 - December 23, 2023
Henry B. Plant Museum
Captain’s Log: Voyages in the Age of Steam revisits the glamour and spectacle of steamship travel in Gilded Age America and celebrates the central role played by the Plant Line in the creation of multiethnic Tampa. Come aboard with Captain James Decker as his surviving logbook entries vividly bring to life the S.S. Mascotte’s Caribbean voyages. Beginning in […]
September 21, 2023 - January 6, 2024
Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center
the exhibit examines the roots of African medical pratcies in the Diaspora and in America. Of all the acknowledgements of the contributions to the New World, the botanical contributions of enslaved Africans have gone unrecogonized.  One of the least explores aspects of the history of Arfica pertains to the African meddicinal knowledge.  the enslaved Africans […]
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Artist spotlight

Nneka Jones
Growing up in the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago to be exact, was one of the main factors that has molded Nneka Jones into the artist she is today. Her astounding love for color and special attention to detail, as influenced by her culture, have always been prominent throughout her artistic journey. The artist was never one to accept mediocrity, not only in art, but also in her everyday life and had always been willing to take on a challenge. This led her to take the risk of leaving behind her family and friends to travel the world in pursuit of both sharing and gaining versatile experiences that would enhance her artistry.

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