The Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA) started with a dream of a creative corridor. Abandoned warehouses in St Petersburg’s Midtown neighborhood held promise. Artists needing reasonably priced workspace were already moving into the area, reclaiming building that once housed tomato and seafood packing plants, a large commercial laundry, a sewer equipment manufacturer and a deserted railway station.

As time passed, a major concern was that there is a history nationwide of artists moving into an undesirable area, they make the place “cool” and then rental prices go through the roof until artists can no longer afford space.

In early 2012, a group of interested people met at the Morean Center for Clay. The idea was to form an organization that could represent artists, studios and galleries in the city of St Petersburg and work to preserve affordable studio space. That is how the organization — the Warehouse Arts District Association — came to be. Later, it organized as an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a vibrant arts community in and around St. Petersburg and developing and growing as an energetic group that creates jobs, attracts artists, participates in the local community and provides arts education opportunities.

In late 2014, with the help of public and private donors, WADA purchased 2.7 acres of land on the Deuces Corridor on 22nd Street and the Pinellas Trail. The property is know know as the ArtsXchange – a project of the Warehouse Arts District Association – and has multiple warehouse buildings that house art studios, galleries and local business. It has become a thriving part of Midtown and is the “go to” place on Second Saturday Artwalk.


Our mission is to build and sustain a vibrant arts community in St. Petersburg, Florida that supports the success of all artists and the community at large through a broad spectrum of tools, including community revitalization, marketing, advocacy and educational programming. 

We are a cultural arts destination in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg dedicated to enhancing our community through artistic endeavors, support, and highly curated art. 


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Non-Profit Arts Association

The Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA) is an arts organization dedicated to building and sustaining a vibrant arts community within and around the Warehouse Arts District. Spanning from 1st Avenue North to 10th Avenue South and 16th Street to 31st Street, the Warehouse Arts District includes the Deuces Live Main Street and is comprised of a thriving community of over 300 businesses that support both the artistic outreach of the organization and the community revitalization. 

WADA employs a broad spectrum of tools to include marketing, advocacy, community stimulation and educational programming to support the success of artists and local community. We thrive on donor support, community partners and WADA members; please join us!

WADA members and donors receive access to free arts education classes, workshops, exhibit previews and more! Plus, you are making a difference in creating a community where arts, businesses, and local residents benefit from the synergy of artistic energy, a catalyst for positive growth.

Over 300 Members

There are more than 300 members of the association which includes artists, studios, galleries, art supporters, business supporters and sponsors.

Warehouse Arts District Association Timeline

2011Multiple Discussions with Mayor Rick Baker, Duncan McClellan, Mark Aeling, etc. about creating a warehouse arts district in midtown St. Petersburg.
April 2012First meeting at the Morean Center for Clay to discuss forming an arts association.
May 31, 2012St. Petersburg Warehouse Arts District, Inc. is incorporated. The organization is called the Warehouse Arts District Association. Officers:
Catherine Woods: President – Duncan McClellan: Vice President
Tracy Kennard: Secretary – Teresa Sullivan” Treasurer
March 2013WADA Sponsors Trolleys for Second Saturday Artwalk.
June 26, 2014WADA Received non-profit status from IRS.
July 2014Board of Directors informed of availability of property for sale.  An intense capital campaign is undertaken to raise $350,000 which covered the down payment for the property, closing costs and some architectural concepts. The funds raised included $75,000 from the City of St Petersburg.  
December 30, 2014WADA formally purchases 50,000 square feet of warehouse space on 2.7 acres at the corner of 22nd Street South and 5th Avenue South. The space was formerly the Ace Recycling Compound and earlier the Softwater Laundry.
February 17, 2015Board votes unanimously for the name “ArtsXchange” for the newly purchased property.
April 28, 2017WADA purchases the Shoppes – the strip mall at the entrance to the ArtsXchange Campus.
October 26, 2017Grand Opening of the ArtsXchange.
April 2018WADA Launches Phase II for the ArtsXchange – Education Center.
August 2018First WADA Member-Only Art Exhibition.
March 2019WADA wins WEDU’s “Be More” award.
July 2019The Eddie Burka Member Lounge and Office Open.
October 2019The City of St. Petersburg asks WADA and the Deuces Live to collaborate on a project to have artists paint the signs in the area known as the Dome Industrial Park.
November 2019The City of St. Petersburg hosts a celebration to raise awareness of additional lighting being added to the Pinellas Trail, extending the hours of operation until 11 p.m. The new lights extend East and West of 22nd St. South.
December 2019ArtsXchange Plaza paving is completed with a donation from Trevor Burgess and Gary Hess.
April 2020WADA hosts Feeding Tampa Bay Mobile Food Pantry during Pandemic.
May 2020WADA raises money during Giving Tuesday to finance the WADA Artist Relief Fund. 20 Artist Members each receive a grant of $500.   WADA host Inaugural Virtual Tour of the James Museum.
June 2020WADA issues statement in support of Black Lives Matter   WADA hosted a “Meal and Heal” with Ameenah’s Catering serving 100 meals to community residents at the ArtsXchange.
July 2020The “WADA Member Network” closed FaceBook page is created.
April 2021Groundbreaking for the Pruitt Arts Education Center.
December 5, 2021Rise Monument is dedicated.   WADA participates in the first Winter Market on the Trail.
January 2022Grand Opening of the Pruitt Arts Education Center.
May 2022WADA creates Scholarship Program for Summer Camp for Kids.
April 2023ArtsXchange Outdoor Theater opens.
March 2024The ArtsXchange campus is certified as a Bicycle Friendly Business.

All building entrances are on the ground floor, accessible without barrier from the parking lot. Second floor studios and classroom may be accessed via stairs or elevator. The elevator accommodates space for a wheelchair and companion. All galleries, exhibition spaces as well as the outdoor theatre are accessible and prepared to seat disabled patrons. Contact us to learn more or request assistance.