In February of 2019, we lost our founder, Jay Goulde, to a very aggressive form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was only 46.
In 2002, Jay partnered with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to bring the "Tour of Turtles" to Tampa Bay. After the completion of this very successful project, Jay had a vision: bringing public art to the Tampa Bay area and beyond. Thus, the Outdoor Arts Foundation was born.
For 17 years, Jay led the Foundation's numerous community art initiatives, featuring everything from fiberglass Manatees and Elephants to sculpture installations and massive building-size murals, to creative Playhouses and Dog Houses. Many of those projects were executed in partnership with other non-profit organizations, including the Humane Society of Tampa
Bay, Florida Holocaust Museum and Make-a-Wish Foundation. Jay worked with artists and fabricators, obtained sponsors, cultivated relationships with media personnel, and ensured that each project was executed according to his high standards. His creativity, passion for the arts, dedication, and vision constantly provided the Outdoor Arts Foundation with future opportunities. Jay's positive attitude brought out the best in everyone who came in contact with him, provided opportunities for artists to earn the recognition they deserved, and inspired others to reach greater heights
Jay was the driving force behind the Outdoor Arts Foundation's success. Although his many qualities will be sorely missed, we at the Outdoor Arts Foundation are committed to carrying on his legacy, and continuing to bring innovative public art projects to the Tampa Bay area.