The inaugural Good Vibes Festival last weekend at Williams Park in St. Petersburg was a success! Student talent was showcased all over the park, with booths featuring student art and bands playing a mix of music genres all day. Student Life and Leadership Coordinator Frank Jurkovic estimates somewhere between 900 and 1250 people visited the park during the day.
The event was a partnership between St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. When SPC’s Student Government Association was trying to decide on a collegewide event for this year, SGA member Clifford Hobbs suggested an art and music festival. The idea flew at the meeting, and when the group realized they’d need more money than was in their budget, they approached USFSP’s SGA, who were more than happy to collaborate. The entire event was planned and executed by students working alongside staff members.
“The students learned a lot of skills,” Jurkovic said. They managed the stage and the acts, and oversaw the planning and coordination of the activities and helped keep the event running smoothly. It was a big out-of-class experience for them.”
In addition to art and music, the public was invited to join in on creative endeavors, like a spray paint project or painting on the art bus. Food trucks lined up and scented the air with their offerings. The day was kicked off by SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams, along with USFSP’s Regional Chancellor Martin Tadlock and St. Petersburg City Council Member Steve Kornell.
Jurkovic said that the partnership is expected to continue, and people should look for the event again next year.
“USFSP is super excited about doing this again,” Jurkovic said. “They want to double the dollar amount they dedicated to this festival for next year.”
Check out photos from the event on the college’s Facebook account.