The Arts Conservatory for Teens


Inspiring Success

In The Community and In The News

In The Community

Provides a bridge for students in the local community, particularly those of the underserved population, to perform and participate in arts & culture events to celebrate the community's cultural diversity. Also, ACT provides a leadership bridge for ACT's professionals to support and influence effective change and positive community development.

Alex with Rick Scott, FL Governor

ACT Dancers perform at the MUSE Feb 2015

Presented By St. Petersburgs Arts Alliance

Hosted at The Museum of Fine Arts

ACT leadership attend The 1st Annual Midtown Walmart Neighborhood Market BLACK HISTORY FESTIVAL Feb. 21, 2015

ACT leadership attend community leaders recognition event hosted at The St. Petersburg Job Corp. 

(L-R)  Mayor Rick Kriseman and Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin, Alex (CEO)

ACT leadership attend The 1st Annual Midtown Walmart Neighborhood Market BLACK HISTORY FESTIVAL Feb. 21, 2015

(L-R) Alex (CEO), Larry Newsome, CEO (Urban Development Solutions)

(L-R) Anthony (ACT TOC), U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL) , Angela Brown (ACT Dir.)

(L-R) Angela Brown (ACT Dir.), Alex (ACT, CEO), Hannah Barrens (ACT, TOC), Anthony Murphy (ACT, TOC), Janis Ford (City of St. Pete), (Front) Sherril Willams (ACT, Instructor)

ACT receieves inaugrual scholarship award from Urban Development Solutions at the The 1st Annual Midtown Walmart Neighborhood Market BLACK HISTORY FESTIVAL Feb. 21, 2015

(L-R) Lisa Letizio (BdS, SPAA), D Yael Kelley (BdT, SPAA), Alex Harris (CEO, ACT),  John Collins (Exe.Dir., SPAA)

(Jan. 28, 2016) The MUSE Awards benefit helps us support in-school, afterschool and professional arts education. 

(L-R) Tiana vocalist, Leatric Vocalist 

(April. 15, 2016)  ACT students perform the National Anthem for thousands of fans at the Tampa Bay Rays Baseball game.

In 2009, Harris took notice of a deficit in after-school arts-related programming for minority and at-risk youth in greater St. Petersburg. This deficit was putting youth at a greater risk of dropping out of school and potentially getting into trouble with the law. Harris recognized that access to quality education and performing arts opportunities made a positive difference in his life and wanted to create a space that could harness the power of the arts and provide access to students. Harris co-founded the Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT), a program dedicated to educating, empowering, and enriching the lives of youth and teens through arts education.​


Harris becomes the 252nd Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the Lightning Community Hero program in 2011-12 with a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through this evening’s game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $12.75 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. Last summer, the Vinik’s announced that the community hero program will give away another $10-million over the next five seasons.

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Alex Harris as the 23rd Lightning Community Hero of the 2016-17 season during the first period of tonight’s game versus the Boston Bruins. Harris, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Arts Conservatory For Teens.​​​



Monday-Friday 9:00am-8:00pm

Saturday-Sunday Closed Except for Performances and Events

ACT | P.O. Box 35424 | St. Petersburg FL 33705 | |Tel: 727-346-8223

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