Peninsularium Arts Installation Receives Community Redevelopment Grant

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TAMPA, FL — Tampa-based multimedia art collective Crab Devil has been approved for the city of Tampa’s Community Redevelopment Area Façade Grant for the East Tampa CRA.

Crab Devil intends to use the funds primarily to construct awnings for the main building of The Peninsularium at 3800 N Nebraska Ave. Funds will also go toward landscaping and hardscaping on the campus.

Crab Devil’s premier attraction, The Peninsularium, is a multi-artist, multi-million-dollar effort to provide Tampa with its first permanent immersive arts installation experience.

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Drawing on Tampa’s history as a port city and center of maritime commerce, The Peninsularium will be constructed from repurposed shipping containers harkening back to the traveling circuses of the early 1900s.

The Peninsularium will be a family-friendly cabinet of curiosities with kitsch, bizarre history and fantastical lore, showcasing Florida at its most weird and wild. It will be presented through the guise of a typical roadside establishment, the Crab Devil Bait Shop.

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It will be housed alongside one of Tampa’s premier contemporary art galleries, Tempus Projects, as well as the craft brewery operation of Deviant Libation.

“We are pleased to have been awarded this grant from the East Tampa CRA and are grateful for the community support,” said Janine Awai of Crab Devil. “The economic development of the Nebraska corridor and the positive impact that the Crab Devil campus will have on the arts and culture of the neighborhood is our ultimate goal. We’re building a place that will add value to Ybor Heights. The community’s investment in us is truly appreciated.”

The CRA Façade Improvement Program provides property owners with grant funds to improve the appearance of their properties in designated areas. These improvements will help the multidisciplinary art collective contribute to the beauty of the Ybor Heights neighborhood and provide respite from the warm Florida weather.

“We are honored to have this opportunity to join the Ybor Heights community, but we still have more people to reach. This grant will help us do that by opening other avenues of outreach so that we may deepen our connection to Tampa and this neighborhood in particular,” said Kelli LeMieux, secretary of Crab Devil.

The East Tampa CRA, designated as an Opportunity Zone by the nonprofit National Community Reinvestment Coalition, provides incentives for job creation and equitable opportunities for small businesses and real estate development to invest back into the community.

Crab Devil LLC is a Tampa-based multimedia art collective of artists, designers, curators, musicians, writers, programmers, brewers, philosophers and makers.

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