The Straz Center

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Live is where it's at!

There's nothing like experiencing a live show. It's the best way to lose yourself or transport to another time and place entirely.

GTE Financial is excited to be a partner of the Straz Center and help them bring the wonderful gift of the performing arts to everyone in the greater Tampa Bay area.

The Straz Center is the largest performing arts center in the Southeast and the only one with an on-site performing arts conservatory. The Straz Center was incorporated in 1980 and opened in 1987. The Straz Center has established arts education as a community priority. 

Since 1991 the Straz Center’s Education department housed programs such as Tampa Bay Youth Orchestra and Community Arts Ensemble, a free summer theater day camp that served urban children in need by connecting them with nationally known artists in a rehearsal-based process. Each summer, an original musical play was written and produced especially for that year’s group of up to 100 children to perform in a fully-staged production for friends and family in one of the Straz Center’s main halls. 

GTE Financial is proud to support this incredible organization!