GrowHouse Poets

"GrowHouse is owned and operated by 2 artists of color in Tampa, Florida. It all started when a seed was planted in 2017 by Spoken Word Poet / Visual Artist / Tampa Native, Curtis Davis - that grew into a monthly competitive event centered around the elements of Hip-Hop culture held at the Ybor City Barbering Company. He called it GrowHouse. Becoming more than just an artist but now an event curator, Curtis slowly shifted his mindset to that of an entrepreneurial one and decided to cultivate GrowHouse into a brick and mortar business for local poets and artists alike. In 2019 GH became an official L.L.C. after Curtis invited fellow Spoken Word Poet / Professional Graphic Designer / Best Friend, Dennis Amadeus to join his venture - merging with the successful ‘Ask Me To Do A Poem’ brand that Dennis had built over the years []. Together the two have combined their knowledge and experience as traveling artists to put on some of the most creative and welcoming events for new artists, veterans, and art lovers.

Our goal is to till a garden that helps grow new local artists by offering access to useful tools and workshops facilitated by local and guest artists that are used to improve their craft / network with other artists in the community. In addition to helping budding artists, we provide stages where veteran artists [local or traveling] who truly dedicate themselves to their craft can display their talents in a venue space that is owned and operated by artists for artists who believe in doing good business, always. We’re constantly looking for new opportunities to collaborate or build community with new organizations and individuals looking to make an impact on our city in a positive way."