St. Petersburg mural art featured on WEDU PBS video produced by SPC students

St. Petersburg mural art is all the rage recently. Almost everywhere you go in downtown St. Petersburg, people are talking about the artists who have turned the streets into an open air art gallery.

St. Petersburg College students experienced the urban art form firsthand recently when they partnered with WEDU PBS to produce Concrete Canvas, a nationally broadcast segment from a recent WEDU Arts Plus episode. WEDU Arts Plus, a weekly arts and culture program, is produced by WEDU and airs on Thursday nights at 8 p.m.

Watch the Concrete Canvas segment above for a tour of the murals of downtown St. Petersburg and meet the talented artists whose canvas is concrete. Initially aired in June, the segment will be seen nationwide in dozens of the hottest markets.

Learn more about St. Petersburg Mural Art by visiting the Shine Mural Festival website. Held Sept. 1-10 in downtown St. Petersburg, the annual event gathered the best local, national and international mural artists who added more than a dozen new murals the trendy downtown landscape.

Video students gain real world experience with mural art project

Every student enrolled in the videography sub plan of SPC’s Digital Arts degree or certificate gets the unique experience of collaborating with WEDU professionals to produce a segment for WEDU Arts Plus.

SPC student Sean Freeman videos an interview with local artist on downtown mural art
SPC student Sean Freeman videos an interview with downtown mural artist Jared “Thirst” Hernandez.

“The biggest benefit is that when their work gets aired on a genuine television outlet it gives them a portfolio piece that has been viewed by the masses,” said John Muehl, SPC Digital Media professor who has taught the Advanced Videography class for the past two semesters.

SPC students who worked on the Concrete Canvas mural art video included Sean Freeman, Deven Keough, Christopher Mclean and Fred Perz.

In his last semester at SPC, with plans to graduate in December, Sean Freeman was glad to add the nationally broadcasted segment to his portfolio.

“Working on Concrete Canvas has given me recognition nationally,” said Freeman. “I really learned a lot and it helped me confidence wise.”

Freeman has a passion for documentary work and is also working to grow Aeronautical Productions, his video/photography business.

Freeman and his classmates created the mural art video from concept through production with feedback along the way from their professor and the WEDU professionals. They also toured the WEDU studios where they pitched their ideas to the pros.

Community partnerships that make a difference

SPC began partnering with WEDU back in 2008 when SPC helped them produce an interview and live event at the Palladium Theater featuring the program NOVA scienceNOW­. Since then, SPC students have worked with WEDU on a variety of projects including the Emmy Award winning Away: A Story of Trash and segments for WEDU Arts Plus.

All of these projects have provided SPC Digital Media Arts students the opportunity to work in a real-world environment through their classes to pitch, produce and deliver a video production package to a ‘client’, WEDU.

“In addition to the practical experience they receive through this process, SPC students are able to have a fully produced product for their resume portfolio as they head out to acquire that first video production job,” said Jack Conely, WEDU Vice President of Content.

The partnership gives WEDU quality, cost-free content and provides SPC and WEDU with  opportunities to collaborate on other projects, such as town-hall meetings, public forum events and more.

Watch videos produced by SPC students for WEDU

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  3. Painter Arnold Martinez: A native to Ybor City, painter Arnold Martinez uses inspiration from his hometown to create realistic works of art using materials like coffee and tobacco. Aired June 20, 2013.
  4. Food Truck Rallies: Local food truck owners prepare their specialty dishes all in one place- giving new meaning to “fast” food. Aired June 27, 2013.
  5. Liz Pennock: Liz Pennock plays the blues with a new twist: she only has three fingers on each hand. But, that hasn’t stopped her from performing the music she loves and paving a way for future musicians. Aired July 11, 2013.
  6. Brad Williams: Born with dwarfism, Brad Williams found he could overcome his condition and help others  through comedy. Aired June 6, 2013 and Nov. 21, 2013.*
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  13. Justin Beauchesne: St. Petersburg Skateboarder Justin Beauchesne shows that determination and a positive attitude can overcome a physical disability. Aired July 23, 2015.
  14. Chains of Fire: Father and son street performers in St. Petersburg excite onlookers as they perform daring tricks of acrobatics and contortion. Aired July 30, 2015.
  15. Concrete Canvas: Tour the mural art of downtown St. Petersburg and meet the artists behind the large-scale works that adorn building facades. Aired June 23, 2016.*
  16. For the Love of Music: Take a tour of St. Petersburg music venues, where there is something for every musical taste. Aired June 30, 2016.
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