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This event occurred on
April 3, 2013
11:00am - 4:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
St Petersburg, FL
United States

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Museum of Fine Arts
255 Beach Dr NE
St Petersburg, FL, 33701
United States
Event type:
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Rebecca Zapen

Rebecca Zapen is a jazz crooner, classically-trained violinist, and award-winning multi-instrumentalist songwriter. Her formal violin studies began at age 3, and singing always came naturally. She graduated with honors from Florida State University, with degrees in Music and Biology. Zapen has been a musical guest on Public Radio International show Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?, as well as being a featured soloist with the Hollywood Philharmonic Orchestra. The versatile vocalist and violinist has released 4 albums and is an award-winning composer. She earned the Silver Medal of Excellence for Best Use of Music in a Short Film at the 2008 Park City Film Music Festival. Her original songs appear in Look Both Ways, which won for Best Music in the 2009 San Francisco Seven Day Film Festival. Her music has been featured on NPR's All Songs Considered: Open Mic.

Frank Strunk III

In Frank’s world, acid-washed galvanized steel, sheet metal, rusted nails, tools, working parts and gears are the conduits of his art. “My work is a fertile collusion of the rigidity and order of geometry and the organic dance and palette of rust,” he says. Described as ironic, witty, fun, spiritual, imaginative, kinetic, unexpected and truly original, his industrial-infused art has traversed and intersected with the fine arts, functional art, wearable art, interior decor and architecture.

Jason Sowell

Jason is a native Floridian who has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 10 years. He is a speaker, writer, non-profit entrepreneur, missionary, wedding officiant & part-time barista. He is the Founder and President of Current, a Tampa, FL based organization with the mission of educating young adults on social initiatives and mobilizing them to bring about change. In his dream world, he lives on the beach in Southern California and is a pro surfer. In real life, he lives in the city of Tampa where he never actually surfs.

Organizing team


Wesley Chapel, FL, United States
  • Wendy Accardi
  • Nick Hinckley
  • Dugg Hadden
  • Joe Hamilton
  • Kathleen Taylor
    On Stage Host