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Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts Unveils BAM! Safety First Festival in Partnership with St. Petersburg Police Department

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - May 2, 2024 - PRLog -- Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is pleased to announce the last BAM! Of the 30th Anniversary Season: BAM! Safety First Festival, set to take place on Tuesday, May 21, from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Mahaffey Theater plaza.

BAM! Safety First Festival, where "BAM!" stands for Books, Arts, Music, marks a collaborative effort between the Foundation and the St. Petersburg Police Department. This innovative event aims to educate children on crucial topics such as substance abuse, mental health, wellness, and crime prevention. Through dynamic workshops, interactive activities, and positive interactions with law enforcement, attendees will gain valuable life skills and knowledge. Join us for Lunch & Learn sessions to delve deeper into fostering a safer and more informed community during this groundbreaking festival.

The educational series provided by  Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts offers free access to students across the six-county Tampa Bay area for more than 30 years. Each themed field trip is meticulously crafted to promote connection, creativity, imagination, and social-emotional learning.

"The Class Acts Program has been a pillar of educational enrichment for Tampa Bay's youth for thirty years," remarked Bill Edwards, Founder & CEO of the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts. "We're particularly proud to collaborate with the St. Petersburg Police Department, enriching students with additional social-emotional resources to navigate life successfully. This isn't just a field trip; it's an opportunity to empower and inspire beyond classroom walls. Here's to many more years of inspiring our youth through our foundation."

"Art education, as a whole, provides priceless insights for students, fostering creativity and inclusiveness," expressed Amy Harriett Miller, President of the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts. "Our tailored activities are designed to cultivate expression, confidence, and critical thinking abilities. Having witnessed firsthand the transformative impact of our foundation's programs, I am committed to empowering students across the Bay area."

About Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts - Established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2011, the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is committed to providing arts education programs, community outreach, and diverse live performances for the entire community, with a focus on youth and families. Serving as the support arm for programming at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater, the foundation prioritizes culturally enriching experiences. For more information, visit or, or call 727.650.0407.

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BAM Safety First Festival will take place May 21st

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