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Hillsborough grant helping local artists achieve their dreams

Posted at 3:48 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 15:48:29-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- Amy Pezzicara has the strength, enthusiasm and creativity necessary for underwater photography.

“When I’m swimming laps I’m always looking at the patterns of light on the water,” said Pezzicara. “I’ve always wanted to do some underwater photography.”

However, what she didn’t have was the right camera equipment.

“I couldn’t really see what I was creating so I was just guessing and hoping that I got something,” said Pezzicara.

Last year, she applied for the Hillsborough County Professional Development Art Grant. She was one of several artists to be awarded $2,000 each.

“The goal is that it enhances their career and what they can do going forward,” said Martine Collier, Executive Director of the Hillsborough County Arts Council.

“2,000 dollars can go a really long way for an artist,” said Pezzicara, who used the grant money to invest in new equipment that is revolutionizing the way she takes photos.

This marks the 30th year Hillsborough County has provided this grant.

“I commend them for 30 years funding this, recognizing the important value of individual artists to our community,” said Collier.

The Arts Council is currently looking for up to 15 more artists to receive this money. The Deadline to apply is October 22 The application can be found under grants on their website.

“We obviously don’t make the same income as people in regular business jobs are going to make so every little bit helps and its nice to support the arts,” said Pezzicara.

Pezzicara’s art can be found here.