Cultural Facilities 2018-2019



Meeting

10/4/2017 1:00:00 PM

Cultural Facilities 2018-2019

2019

Abstein, Teri

Sandy Shaughnessy

Orlando

Comments Closed

Materials

Agenda

Panelists (10)

  • County: Orange County

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County: Orange

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Terry Olson has been Orange County's “Chief Arts Instigator” since the County authorized the creation of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in 2001.  Previously he was the Executive Director of the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Central Florida.  Terry has been involved professionally in the Arts since he completed an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Minnesota.  He moved to Florida to help open Epcot Center bringing SAK Theatre, a company he co-founded and managed for 21 years, Since moving to Orlando, he has helped start and run more than a dozen other arts organizations including the Orlando Theatre Project, the Orlando International Fringe Festival, and Orlando’s Downtown Arts District.  He attends as many as 40 arts events each month. He has been asked to speak at various organizations including the prestigious TEDX conference in Tampa.  He is the past President of the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals.  He served as Executive Director or Board member for a number of national or international arts networking and support organizations.

Mr. Olson has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida and guest lecturer at Rollins College and has worked with composer Keith Lay from Full Sail on several projects and with Cole NeSmith on the Creative City Project.  His photographic art has been featured at SNAP! Orlando. He has performed on many of the Central Florida stages including the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Opera Company, Southern Ballet Theatre, Mad Cow Theatre, the Garden Theatre and more.  Recently he has landed solos in the massive CFCArts concerts with the nation’s largest community choir and orchestra. On more than once occasion Mr. Olson has convened collaboration of arts organizations across the community to celebrate a common theme such as “Orlando Goes Wilde”, “What the Dickens Orlando, or “20 art legends of Orange County”

He received the “Outstanding theatre advocate” award from the Florida Theatre Conference, the Downtowner of the Year and Golden Brick awards from the Downtown Orlando Partnership, the Champion of Sustainability award from the Healthy Community Initiative  and the Humor award from the Grant Professionals Network.

His wife and daughter are also both involved in the arts.

  • County: Duval County

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County: Duval

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Hope McMath is a cultural leader, educator, artist, and activist whose knowledge of, and passion for, the arts is matched by a strong commitment to social justice and effecting positive change in organizations and community. She is dedicated to connecting the arts to community needs including education, accessibility, the environment, wellness, and inclusion and diversity.


A Florida native, Hope receive her BFA in Visual Art and Art History and her MAT from Jacksonville University. Hope served at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for 22 years, the last eight as its Executive Director. During her time at the Cummer Museum, from her early years as a Museum Educator through her tenure as Director, Hope implemented art programs, education outreach, and facility expansions that brought increased relevance to the Museum. Her commitment to using the arts to lift up conversations around education, race, equity, and universal human rights has been most recently recognized with the 2016 One Jax Humanitarian Award, and a 2016 Cultural Icon Award from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, The Frances Kinne Alumni of Distinction Community Service Award in 2017, and the Educator of the Year Award from the Atlantic Institute.


Currently, Hope is independently curating exhibitions, guest lecturing and teaching, organizing humanities-based programs throughout Jacksonville, and consulting for organizations in arts education, program planning, curatorial practice, and non-profit management.


Hope is alum of the Getty Leadership Institue and the Chief Executive Program of National Arts Strategies. She also gives her time to a variety of organizations and causes including the State of Florida Council on Arts and Culture, TEDx Jacksonville, We Are Straight Allies, the Mayo Clinic Humanities in Medicine Program, and several social justice organizations. Whether through her work as a cultural leader, an artist, or a community leader she consistently deploys the visual and performing arts to amplify the experiences of others and mobilize community around human rights.

  • County: Broward County

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County: Broward

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Glenn Lochrie is a fourth generation South Floridian and has spent his life promoting and participating in the arts in Florida. For over 15 years he has been selling, appraising and judging fine art created by Floridians. Glenn opened two award winning fine art galleries in Broward County that focused exclusively on the artists of Florida from 1850 to present. Glenn designed a young collectors program that introduced Florida's young professionals to art collecting and has given many lectures on building a Florida art collection. Working with local organizations Glenn has judged art competitions and sponsored local art events and charities. As a volunteer he helped organize an innovative art program and fundraising auction for the historic Bonnet House of Fort Lauderdale. Glenn continues as an art consultant to his many clients and maintains an art gallery website; in 2010 he started a blog focusing on the arts in Florida that has readers in over 30 countries. Glenn is committed to increasing awareness and support of the unique cultural resources of Florida.
  • County: Brevard County

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County: Brevard

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Mr. Deratany, a former Florida State Senator and Representative, is president of Deratany Consulting, a Governmental and Public Affairs firm. Prior to lobbying, Mr. Deratany served as Mayor of Indialantic and Director of University Relations at the Florida Institute of Technology.

At some point during each day, you can find Mr. Deratany painting in his riverside art studio. An avid artist for the past ten years, Mr. Deratany is a board member of the Brevard Museum of Art and Science and previously served as Chairman of the Florida Seaside Art Show. He belongs to the Brevard Watercolor Society and the Brevard Artists Guild. For Mr. Deratany, art offers a welcome respite from the hectic world of politics.

  • County: Palm Beach County

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County: PalmBeach

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Katharine Dickenson has been a community volunteer since 1973 with an emphasis on Historic Preservation and the Arts. She served on and chaired such boards as the Boca Raton Historical Society, the Palm
Beach County Historic Preservation Board, and the Boca Raton Junior League in early years. She went on to Chair the Florida Historic Preservation Commission in 1988 and to Chair Florida's Council on Arts and Culture for three terms. Mrs. Dickenson is the only Floridian to have chaired both the Historical Commission and the Council on Arts and Culture.


Nationally, Mrs. Dickenson has served on the Boards of The National Trust For Historic Preservation, The Edith Wharton Home in Lenox, MA, the Robert Todd Lincoln home in Vermont, and the Manchester, VT Music
Festival as well as The Dorset, VT Theater Festival. Serving as Vice-Chair of the Federal Commsission to celebrate St. Augustine's 450th, Mrs. Dickenson has been involved with the Mayor and Commission of St Augustine and the Department of the Interior who appointed her in 2010 to promote St. Augustine world wide. She also recently served on the Strategic Planning Council For The Arts in 2005 and is currently serving on the 2015 Council. The Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton recently asked her to join the Friends of The Conservatory.

Mrs. Dickenson resides in Boca Raton with her husband, David, an attorney. Her three sons (who also practice law), their wives and 7 grandchildren live within an 18 minute radius of Katharine ... perhaps one of her finest lobbying efforts.

  • County: Seminole County

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County: Seminole

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Kathryn Townsend is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and Rollins College. A resident of Oviedo, she is a founding member of Helpful Hands, Inc., a 501(c)3 charity which focuses on helping families in crisis. A former public school music teacher, in addition she has served on numerous committees and in leadership roles in Seminole County including President of the Seminole Cultural Arts Council; the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center Board; Leadership Seminole/2006; State of Florida IFAS Regional Committee; Seminole County Cooperative Extension Advisory Board Chair; City of Oviedo Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board and the Seminole County Tourist Development Council. She was a recipient of the 2009 Seminole Regional Chamber of Commerce Professional Women's Award for Art and Culture and is included in the Manchester Who's Who 2005-2006.
  • County: Orange County

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County: Orange

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LaVon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Arts with a concentration in Acting from Howard University and a Juris Doctor from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, College of Law. LaVon is a licensed attorney and currently works as the Director of Community Relations  for the  Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. She is happily married to Minister Adrian R. Davis.
  • County: Martin County

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County: Martin

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Pat Williams, President, and Founder of Pat Williams & Associates, is an entrepreneur and communications professional specializing in campaigns that promote her clients as “first, best and different.” A native of the Chicago area, Pat managed her family’s entertainment and event business, which received the honor of being designated as Illinois Family Business of the Year. In her Florida-based public relations and marketing firm, she searches for breakthrough opportunities for her clients in the legal, health, education, small business, and non-profit sectors. Her work has won awards from the Advertising Federation of American and the Florida Public Relations Golden Image Awards program. Among Pat’s most successful projects has been the launch of Luminaries, a weekly publication for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, which has been widely regarded as a national model for social and philanthropic news coverage. Before establishing her own firm, she was Vice President for Boston-based Regan Communications, managing the firm’s Florida public relations and marketing operations. Pat is active in many arts and culture entities in the Martin County area, where she has served as a board member for the Elliott Museum, the Arts Council of Martin County, the Women’s Club of Stuart, and The Pine School. Pat is a founding member of Women Supporting the Arts and of Impact 100 Martin.
  • County: Leon County

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County: Leon

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Towson Fraser is president of Fraser Solutions, a Tallahassee-based lobbying and communications consulting firm, and has close to 20 years of political and governmental experience.

Most recently, Towson was a partner with Southern Strategy Group in Tallahassee. Prior to that, he served Governor Charlie Crist as his Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Affairs Director. As Deputy Chief of Staff, Towson coordinated with numerous state agencies including the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of State, Department of Revenue, Fish and Wildlife Commission, Water Management Districts, and the Agency for Workforce Innovation. As Legislative Affairs Director, Towson managed the progress of the Governor’s priorities through the legislative process including budget issues and landmark legislation in regard to energy, health care, insurance, and property taxes.

Prior to working for Governor Crist, Towson served as Communications Director for Speaker Allan Bense, as well as the Republican Party of Florida, the Department of Management Services, and the Department of Community Affairs. Towson also worked in the House Majority Office under Speakers John Thrasher and Tom Feeney.

A native of Tallahassee who grew up in Jacksonville, Towson, his wife Carrie, and their children Caroline, Jack, Helen and Sophie live in Tallahassee.

  • County: Escambia County

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County: Escambia

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Mrs. Benson is a graduate of Emory University in the field of English. She is a former councilwoman for the City of Pensacola, as well as a former state representative from 1992-1994.

She currently serves as chair of the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, chair of Pensacola Opera, and immediate past chair of Foofoofest. She is a member of Five Flags Rotary.

Mrs. Benson is very involved in her local community, serving on the boards of The Zoo of Northwest Florida and the Northwest Florida Historic Preservation Board.