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FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE As Florida’s new Chief Cultural Officer, I am looking forward to an exciting and groundbreaking year! First I must say that I am extremely honored to be appointed as your new Secretary of State by Governor Charlie Crist. Before joining the Department of State, I served as Supervisor of Elections in Pasco County; but I am not a stranger to the importance and profound impact of the arts and culture in our communities and our lives. When I served as President of the Downtown Dade City Main Street Program, I saw first hand how arts and culture not only enrich our communities, but have a tremendous positive impact on our economy. Florida’s arts and cultural industry is one of the fastest growing in the state. With all the exciting events and technological advancements on the horizon, I expect that the economic impact of the arts in Florida will continue to grow and am so looking forward to being a part of that process.

CULTURAL AFFAIRS MISSION To guide and facilitate cultural development and services for Florida’s citizens and visitors through public/private partnerships. The Division is committed to bringing more art and culture, to more people, in more places in Florida.

FLORIDA ARTS COUNCIL Alejandro Aguìrre David Bear Margo Bindhardt Jacqueline Bradley Timothy D. Deratany Katharine Dickenson Stephen Hogge Gary R. Libby Sallyn Pajcic Sibille Pritchard Norma Roth James E. Shaw Jeffrey Tucker Margaret Wise

STAFF Sandy Shaughnessy – Division Director Rachelle Ashmore – Administrative Assistant III Brian Allen – Senior Clerk

This year we will implement the next phase of the Culture Builds Florida’s Future strategic plan with a series of meetings throughout the state focusing on four key areas: Strengthening the Economy, Learning and Wellness, Design and Development, and Leadership. The implementation of these goals will ensure the continuing development of arts and culture in the State of Florida.

Don Blancett – Arts Administrator

We all recognize that our state’s remarkable wealth of art and culture continue to make Florida a better place to live, work, and visit. The state as a whole benefits greatly because this unique industry generates tourism, stimulates business development, attracts new businesses, creates jobs, and contributes to the economic vitality of our communities.

Scott Moore – Arts Administrator

I look forward to overseeing the future of Florida’s cultural and heritage development, as well as the many other important tasks that have been entrusted to me through this office. I also look forward to celebrating with all of you as we honor Florida’s rich cultural heritage this month during Florida Heritage Month. If you are in Tallahassee, please make a point to attend one of the Florida Heritage Month Events!

Idella Brown – Office Manager Morgan Lewis – Arts Administrator Sunshine Lewis – Distributed Computer Systems Analyst Lee Modica – Arts Administrator Gaylen Phillips – Program and Development Manager Laura Stone – Arts Administrator Michelle Proctor – Grants Specialist II Dale Scheetz – Grants Specialist III Stephanie Scott – Receptionist Sarah Stage – Arts Administrator Patty Warren – Government Operations Consultant Laurie Hayner – Program Assistant Danielle Wright – Program Assistant


Kurt S. Browning Secretary of State

Billie Lynn, Individual Artist Fellowship Recipient


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FROM THE DIRECTOR The Division excitedly welcomes Governor Charlie Crist and Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning. We are so looking forward towards participating in accomplishing the goals of this new administration. On behalf of all of us at the Division, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the legislative leadership for their generous support of our programs. This commitment demonstrates the state’s continued interest in the arts by recognizing their role in the quality of life for our citizens and visitors. Education, economic development, and community

CAPITOL COMPLEX EXHIBITIONS The Capitol Complex Exhibition Program showcases Florida artists and arts organizations through a series of visual art exhibitions in three locations in the State Capitol. On view in the large Capitol Gallery on the 22nd floor of the Capitol Building through April 25 is the Florida National Guard Heritage Art Series in which paintings by various artists illustrate pivotal events in the history of the Guard. The Cabinet Meeting Room on the lower level of the Capitol contains the vibrant landscape paintings of Ocala area artist Gary Borse through April 6. In celebration of Black History Month and until April 2; the Governor’s Office Gallery is displaying paintings and watercolors by Tallahassee artist Eluster Richardson (viewing in the Governor’s Office Gallery is by appointment only). For more information about the Capitol Complex Exhibition Program, visit CREDITS

Above: Eluster Richardson Below: Gary Borse

revitalization are just a few areas directly impacted by the arts. The Division also extends thanks to legislative staffers, the Appropriations Committee, and all of you who continue to help secure funding for the arts and culture in Florida. The public value of your support is commendable. This is a very exciting time for all of us as we get more comfortable with OASIS, our online grants application and information system. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to set up your profile and keep it updated. Panelists! What would we do without them? We certainly appreciate the hundreds of volunteer hours our distinguished panelists donated during the grant panel review cycle. Over 1000 grant applications were during 2006. This service to the state is invaluable. Please help us increase our panelist database – visit OASIS for details. We are thrilled to embark upon the next phase of the strategic plan for the continuing development of arts and culture in Florida. Three convening sessions will be held throughout the state during the week of July 16-20 that will focus on addressing the plan’s goals of strengthening the economy, learning and wellness, design and development as well as leadership. Please visit our website for more information! Constituent communication, open dialogues, and persuasive conversations result in positive outcomes for arts and cultural funding. This continued communication helps form public policy supporting the arts. Be sure to visit the resources section of our website at listing national, state and local resources that may help advocacy efforts. It is also with great pleasure that we welcome new staff members Laurie Hayner, Laura Stone, and Stephanie Scott. We are delighted to add their expertise and enthusiasm to our dedicated staff. As always, we welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions and do hope you will be in touch!

Sandy Sandy Shaughnessy

AWARDS RECOGNIZING LEGENDARY FLORIDA ARTISTS In September 2006, the Florida Arts Council selected 2007 Inductee for the Florida Artists Hall of Fame and chose the recipient of the Florida Arts Recognition Award. The Council recommended that legendary country music artist and Grand Ole Opry star Mr. Lawrence Hankins “Hank” Locklin be inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame award is the highest state cultural honor an individual can receive; it honors persons, living or deceased, who have made significant contributions to Florida’s cultural arts, either as performing or practicing artists. One of pop and country music’s greatest voices, Florida native Hank Locklin scored one of the biggest hits of the music’s golden era with “Please Help Me, I’m Falling,” which spent a remarkable 14 weeks at No. 1 and over 30 weeks in the Top 10 in 1960. This song also introduced the slip-note piano style to pop and country music through legendary pianist Floyd Cramer and was a major factor in creating the “Nashville Sound.”

than 15 million albums and received numerous industry awards from The Grand Ole Opry, BMI, ASCAP, Cashbox, Billboard, and NARAS. Long a favorite with country music audiences, Hank returned to the studio in 2001 to record Generations in Song, featuring long-time colleagues Dolly Parton and Vince Gill (both of whom cite Hank as an influence). Recently, Hank released his 65th album, a gospel collection entitled By The Grace Of God, with a cast of such artists as The Oak Ridge Boys, The Jordanaires, Gold City, and Jeff & Sheri Easter, confirming that Hank Locklin remains a powerful singer whose voice continues to win new fans.

Born Lawrence Hankins Locklin on February 15, 1918 into a family that usually reared doctors, Hank was picking guitar for amateur contests in Milton, Florida, by age 10. In his teens he was a featured performer on Pensacola radio station WCOA. For the next several years, he played with a variety of groups through the South and worked at various jobs in Florida, including farmer, ribbon mill hanker, and shipyard worker. After World War II ended, Hank moved to Texas where his career really began. He appeared on the “Big D Jamboree” in Dallas and was alo featured on “Louisiana Hayride” from Shreveport, LA. He recorded briefly for Decca, and after meeting producer Bill McCall, Hank recorded for McCall’s Four Star Records for five years. Hank scored his first Top 10 song in 1949 with “The Same Sweet Girl.” Four years later, he had a No. 1 with “Let Me Be the One,” and a recording contract with RCA Victor followed. The next few years brought Top 10’s with “Why, Baby Why,” “Fraulein,” and “A Good Woman’s Love”; a Top 5 with “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On”(which he wrote); and a string of Top 2 smashes with “It’s a Little More Like Heaven,” “Geisha Girl,” and “Blue Grass Skirt.” In 1960, the remarkable success of “Please Help Me, I’m Falling”—the song not only dominated the country chart that year, but crossed over into the Top 10 pop charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom—earned him membership in the Grand Ole Opry. Hank Locklin has sold more

The 2007 Florida Arts Recognition Award will be presented to accomplished Florida landscape painter and Highwayman Mr. James Gibson. James Gibson is a fourth generation Floridian born on January 1, 1938. A resident of Ft. Pierce, Mr. Gibson began his career with the legendary Alfred Hair and painting soon became his life’s work. He became one of the earliest of the Florida Highwaymen, selling his artwork from the trunk of his car in the 1950s; these iconic landscapes depict the beauty of the Florida backcountry and a fondness for golden orange sunsets. Gibson’s paintings have brought national recognition to Florida landscapes and artists. His work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including Gary Munroe’s book The Highwaymen, Southern Living Magazine, People Magazine, The New York Times, and the L. A. Times. He has also been featured in two Highwaymen documentaries, aired on PBS television, and two of his paintings were featured in the Steven Spielberg movie Catch Me If You Can. In June 2005, he was awarded the title of Ambassador of Art by the State of Florida. He was also invited by First Lady Laura Bush to contribute an ornament depicting a Florida bird to the White House Christmas tree. Mr. Gibson continues to volunteer with local children’s groups and was involved with former Florida First Lady Columba Bush in an initiative for public schools to introduce arts education. He also continues to donate his time at the Children’s Home Society in Ft. Pierce. Gibson’s artwork has been featured in museums and state buildings and even graced Florida’s Executive Office. For Florida First Lady Columba Bush’s cultural exchange to Japan, he donated three of his works that now reside with the Japanese government. Gibson’s unique paintings and his personal generosity are hallmarks of his life as a prolific artist. PHOTO CREDITS


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Far Left: Hank Locklin, on stage on the opening night of the new Grand Ole Opry, 1974. Photographer: Les Leverette Left: Hank Locklin, Jan Howard, Tex Ritter, and June Carter, 1963. Photographer: Les Leverette Above: Road Less Traveled, James Gibson, 2006, oil on canvas. Above Left: James Gibson

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST FELLOWSHIP AWARDS 2006 2007 The panel season for the 2007 Individual Artist Fellowship Program has come to a close. For 2007, Fellowships were awarded in the following disciplines: Literature, Music, Theatre, Dance, Folk Arts, and Interdisciplinary. Thank you to all the distinguished panelists who served the fellowship program to determine these awards. Congratulations to the following recipients:


The Division is delighted to announce that four additional 2006 Visual Arts Fellowship Awards have been awarded in the category of Visual Arts! Panel meetings for these fellowship awards were held in October of 2005. As additional funding became available within the Division; the following four artists were awarded Individual Artist Fellowships: MIAMI DADE COUNTY Mark Koven, Visual Arts 3 Dimensional PALM BEACH COUNTY Amy Broderick, Visual Arts 2 Dimensional PINELLAS Tom McCarthy, Visual Arts 3 Dimensional Robyn Voshardt, Visual Arts 2 Dimensional

Sheila Ortiz-Taylor/Fiction John Dufresne/Fiction Ivonne Lamazares/Fiction Lucinda Vickers/Fiction Pat Rushin/Fiction Marjorie Klein/Fiction David Scott/Fiction Peter Schmitt/Poetry Reginald Shepherd/Poetry Richard Blanco/Poetry Caridad McCormick/Poetry

(Leon) (Broward) (Orange) (Leon) (Orange) (Miami-Dade) (Leon) (Miami-Dade) (Escambia) (Miami-Dade) (Miami-Dade)

MUSIC Edward Simon/Jazz Kirk Whipple/Jazz Daniel Crozier/Contemporary Classical

(Volusia) (Miami-Dade) (Orange)

THEATRE Joseph Oshry/Design (Manatee) Joan Kufrin/Playwriting (Charlotte) Daryl Reuben Hall/Musical Theatre (Duval) James Lewis/Musical Theatre (Hillsborough) Llwelyn Jones/Playwriting (Sarasota)

DANCE Augusto Soledade Cynthia Hennessy Lori Ilise George

(Miami-Dade) (Hillsborough) (Miami-Dade)

FOLK ARTS Myriam Eli Sangeetha Sridhar

(Broward) (Broward)

INTERDISCIPLINARY Charo Oquet Charles Recher

(Miami-Dade) (Miami-Dade)

In addition to the monetary award that the individual artist fellows receive, they also get pages on the Division’s website highlighting their work and giving background information about their artistic careers. Look for more information on these fellowship pages in the Summer of 2007.


Top: “Jan Ring,” Tom McCarthy, 2003, sterling, cement, steel, cubic zirconia. Middle: “Enforcement Noise” (left panel detail), Amy Broderick, 2002, charcoal, graphite, ink on paper. Bottom: “Snag 07.04,” Robyn Voshardt, 2004, acrylic on vellum.

About the Fellowship Program The Individual Artist Fellowship Program recognizes artists of exceptional talent and ability for the artistic excellence in the work they have completed in their careers. Applications to the program are accepted on a rotating basis depending on discipline and application year. The next deadline for the Individual Artist Fellowship Program will be June 1, 2007 for Visual Arts and Media Arts applicants only.

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NEWS VISUAL ART FELLOWSHIP TRAVELING EXHIBITION The Division is delighted to announce that it has partnered with the Florida Art Museum Directors Association (FAMDA) to present the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Traveling Exhibition. The exhibition will include the 25 recipients of the 2006 Visual Arts Fellowship and will travel the state in late 2007 and 2008. A catalog will also be produced in conjunction with the exhibition. The curator for the exhibition is Amy Vigilante Dickerson, Director of the University Galleries at the University of Florida. For more information on the Fellowship Traveling Exhibition or if you are interested in booking the show for your facility, please contact Malinda Horton at or at 850.222.6028. Want to learn more about the 2006 Individual Artist Fellowship Recipients? Visit the Division’s website to view the individual artist fellowship web pages. By clicking on the link “Meet the Fellowship Recipients,” you can access a database of all the recipients from the program since its inception. From this link you can also visit the web pages for the recipients that have received the award. The pages feature work samples from each recipient in addition to background information and links to their own websites as well! Log on to learn more about the extraordinary talent of these Florida Artists! CREDIT

“Teapot,” Bonnie Seeman

ARTISTLINK Want more information on the Division’s programs for Individual Artists? Make sure you are on the Artistlink e-newsletter list! The Artistlink e-newsletter is a bi-monthly e-newsletter with information specifically geared towards Florida’s individual artists. To subscribe to the Artistlink, send an email to Morgan Lewis with “Artistlink” in the subject line: CREDITS

Lynn Whipple

TERRY TRAMBAUER NORRIS Since 2004, the Division of Cultural Affairs has awarded grants to individual artists for specific, career-enhancing opportunities through the Artist Enhancement Grant Program. The program assists practicing, professional, and emerging Florida Artists by providing support for professional development opportunities which will advance their work and careers. Artist Enhancement Grants are awarded quarterly in the amounts of $500, $750, or $1,000. MEET THE RECIPIENT. . . Terry Trambauer Norris is a recent Artist Enhancement grant recipient. She is a traditional realist painter and works primarily in oils using the traditional techniques combined with a modern vision. Terry’s work has been exhibited in national juried exhibitions, art festivals, and galleries, and has earned numerous awards. She has taught at both the high school and college levels and conducted numerous painting workshops and demonstrations. Terry currently teaches at Crealdé School of Art, where she served as Director of Painting and Drawing from 2001 to 2004. Terry applied for the Artist Enhancement Grant in order to engage in a month of intensive study at The Art Students League of New York. She spent June 2006 in New York City, studying at the school and taking classes with Mary Beth McKenzie, an accomplished New York based figure painter, Anthony Antonios, and Oldrich Teply. The classes concentrated on sculpting, figure painting with live models, and portrait panting. Terry also had the opportunity to take multiple visits to the fine museums New York has to offer, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Frick Collection. “I feel this study trip has greatly enhanced my knowledge, skill and confidence for the demanding discipline of painting the figure and portrait.” The application deadlines for the 2007-2008 fiscal of the Artist Enhancement Grant Program are April 12, 2007; July 12, 2007; October 12, 2007; and January 12, 2008. For more information and program guidelines, please visit: CREDITS

“Good Fortune Cat,” Terry Norris


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NEWS MUSEUM CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF SERVING THE PUBLIC The Museum of Florida History opened its doors to the public on May 20, 1977. Later that month, the Museum’s hours of operation expanded to include Saturday and Sunday. Beginning with a few exhibits spread over the 27,000 square feet gallery, the Museum has grown to fill the space. Museum members and visitors have fond memories of the exhibits that the Museum created and hosted during the last thirty years. Join the celebration of the Museum’s 30th birthday at an event on May 17 at the Museum, and continue at the historic Knott House Museum on May 20th with a re-enactment of the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. (Please see the calendar for more details.) Take a sentimental journey with these photos from the “early days.” The Museum sincerely appreciates the support of the public over the last thirty years. With your help, the Museum will continue its mission “to promote, throughout the state, the knowledge and appreciation of Florida history.”


(Top to Bottom) Installation of the skull of the mastodon skeleton in January 1977 Museum staff member Andy Brian works on the hood of the Model Ttruck’s soon-to-be-built tin can camper, October 1977 Museum staff constructing the recreation of the steamboat Hiawatha in October 1983 The Museum’s first director, Jim MacBeth, cuts a cake celebrating the Museum’s 5th birthday in 1982.

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NEWS THREE CENTURIES OF ARTISTIC GENIUS Four Florida dance companies were awarded grants of $25,750 each from the new American Masterpieces program, administered by the Division of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In the 2005-2006 cycle, the Division chose to explore and re-emphasize its investment in Ballet and Modern Dance because of a renewed vitality of the genre in the state – a view based upon interaction with our dance artists. The companies submitted proposals for projects exploring the heritage of American Dance. Recipients for this first cycle of the program were: Momentum Dance Company; Karen Peterson and Dancers; Dance Alive National Ballet; and Miami City Ballet, presenting the work of major choreographers Twyla Tharp, Jose Limon, George Balanchine, and Doris Humphrey. Successful proposals included elements of artistic performance; audience lectures, young dancer workshop sessions, and extended outreach among underserved communities. American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius was created by the National Endowment for the Arts in order to introduce Americans to the best of their cultural and artistic legacy through touring, local presentations, and arts education programs to large and small communities in all 50 states; particularly to serve populations not usually able to attend top-level professional programming by master artists of high caliber. Local presentations of American Masterpieces will be supported so that institutions throughout the country can create programs consistent with the overall theme. Arts education will make up a substantial portion of the initiative, both by bringing an unprecedented number of students to the exhibitions, presentations and performances, and by creating substantial and engaging in-school programs. The American Masterpieces/DANCE project celebrates the extraordinary and rich evolution of dance and choreography in the United States. With its partners, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), Dance/USA, and the state and regional arts agencies, the NEA sponsors select performances, tours, and educational programs that will reach large and small communities throughout the United States.

CHALLENGE GRANT MAKES CHILDREN’S ART EXHIBITION POSSIBLE The Children’s Board received a Challenge Grant from the Division of Cultural Affairs, which was awarded directly through the Florida Legislature in 2006. The grant monies were used to create an exhibit in the The Teco Gallery of Children’s Art entitled Eyes of a Child which focused on “self expression for at risk children aged six through sixteen.” The project was designed to provide art opportunities to the at-risk child population and those students enrolled in the Hillsborough County’s Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program. The exhibition featured artwork by Hillsborough County pre-school, public school, and gifted/exceptional students as well as children living in foster homes, homeless shelters, and group homes. The art work was created under the direction of an art therapist and is displayed at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. The Teco Gallery of Children’s Art features art created by Hillsborough County children, including those with special needs and challenges, and gifted students. The Gallery has served over 500 children and has had more than 100,000 visitors. For more information on the Gallery, contact Polly Allen at (813) 204-1794. About the Challenge Grant Program The Challenge Grant Program offers applicants the opportunity to “take a dare” to accomplish a demanding but stimulating undertaking. It is a call for organizations to engage the full use of their abilities and resources to launch cultural projects that are unique and innovative. Proposals will be expected to describe a new initiative, a one-of-a-kind project, a technological direction, or an unusual enterprise or endeavor that represents a departure from the ordinary programming of the organization. This program is not designed to support general operations or other continuing programming. Organizations must be able to demonstrate their local, regional, and statewide impact by providing information on audience/subscriber demographics, attendance, outreach programs and other activities. The next deadline to apply to the Challenge Grant Program is September 6, 2007. For more information, visit the Division’s website: PHOTO CREDITS

Images taken at the TECO Gallery of Children’s Art in conjunction with the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.


Top Left: Jennifer Scanlon of the Jose Limon Foundation rehearses Momentum Dance Company dancer Jesse Sani in Jose Limon’s “The Exiles.” Photo by Cornelia Taudt Ehrling. Middle Left: Danella Bedford and Simon Silva of Momentum Dance Company in Coconut Grove, rehearse Jose Limon’s “The Exiles” for upcoming performances in an American Masterpieces program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Photo by Cornelia Taudt Ehrling.


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Bottom Left: Ina Hahn, a former longtime Doris Humphrey Dance Company member, instructs Carlota Pradera, a Karen Peterson dancer, in movements of “Variations and Conclusions,” from New Dance, choreographed in 1935, by Doris Humphrey. The upcoming series of performances is funded by an American Masterpieces grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.


The Florida Artists and Presenters Network is hosting its third annual spring assembly. During the first two years, FAPN concentrated on marketing, publicity, and contracts and negotiation as well as providing a networking opportunity between touring artists and small to mid-sized presenters. A hallmark of the annual workshop is the distribution of pertinent publications and materials to all participants; coupled with notes from the day, regular attendance at the annual workshops assures the opportunity to build a valuable resource library over time. This year, the assembly topic is “Designing Residencies for School and Community,” led by special guest Donna Wissinger. This will be valuable to those artists who need ideas and guidance on designing or improving their educational materials, conformance with the Sunshine State Standards and curriculum, and the development of study guides. Several Florida artists will join the agenda to share their own techniques and stories. Donna Wissinger is an accomplished flutist and music educator with a particular interest in developing residencies for schools. The Magic Flute: An Ensemble of Community Partners Enriching Lives Through the Arts, a documentary focused on Ms. Wissinger’s work in the community, has become a model program throughout the U.S. For her work in arts education, she received the inaugural Doris Leeper Award for Excellence in Arts Education. This year, the FAPN assembly will be held in Orange Park, Florida, at the Thrasher Horne Center for the Arts at St. Johns River Community College, hosted by Executive Director Tony Walsh. Once again, participants will come together at a presenting venue, share meals and networking, and will be led through the day by a comprehensive agenda. Plan to join us on April 19, 2007 from 8:30 AM to 5 PM; the workshop is free to everyone (lunch is extra) although participants must pre-register. For more information, contact Laurie Hayner, Program Assistant, by phone at 850-245-6469 or by email at Visit our website,, for more information, maps, area lodging, and the pre-registration form. The deadline for pre-registration is April 2, 2007.

POETRY OUT LOUD IN SCHOOLS NEAR YOU! The Division of Cultural Affairs is once again participating in the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest – a literature program for high school students in every state in the country, initiated by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. After a successful pilot program last year, the 2006-2007 project in Florida has been expanded. This year, more school districts are participating, including home-schooled students as well as those from public, private, and parochial schools. Language Arts teachers in Florida are presenting the NEA’s exciting poetry study materials to their classes and encouraging students to become involved in school-wide competitions. The “Best-of-School” student winners attended the State Finals which took place at the R.A. Gray Building on Saturday, March 17, 2007. The winner and chaperone will be awarded an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC to compete in the national contest March 30 and April 1, 2007. We again congratulate our 2006 state contest winner: Craig Williams, a student at the Atlantic Technical Center Magnet High School in Coconut Creek (Broward County). In addition to an all-expense paid trip for the national competition, Williams received a $200 cash prize, and Atlantic Technical Center Magnet High School will receive $500 for the purchase of books of poetry for its Media Center. Receiving the second prize was Amber Fletcher of

See you there!

ATTENTION PRESENTERS! The next deadline for applications to the State Touring Program is May 4, 2007. This deadline is for applications for activities from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. To download guidelines, visit: PHOTO CREDIT

Image from The Dance Now Ensemble. Dance Now is just one of the many companies and artists represented on the State Touring Roster.

Deane Bozeman High School in Southport (Bay County). Fletcher received a $100 cash prize and Bozeman High School receives $200 for their Media Center to purchase books of poetry. Third prizewinner was Kristen Hoffman of Seminole High School in Sanford (Seminole County). Alisha Stoun of Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee (Leon County), and Ariel Danley of Thomas Jefferson High School in Tampa (Hillsborough County) earned honorable mentions. Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. By encouraging high school students to memorize and perform great poems, Poetry Out Loud incorporates the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. This exciting new program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The national winner takes home $20,000 in college scholarship funds, and is recognized by national media. Poetry Out Loud awarded a total of $100,000 in prizes to high school students and schools at the state and national levels in its inaugural year.

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NEWS CELEBRATE FLORIDA HERITAGE MONTH Please join the Department of State and the Division of Cultural Affairs in celebrating Fllorida’s rich cultural heritage during Florida Heritage Month from March 15 through April 15. Florida Heritage Month is a tribute to heighten awareness of our state’s rich history, its historical sites, folklife, museums and libraries, and the visual and performing arts, which flourish in our state. Along with historical and visual arts exhibitions, there are many events, which include Arts Day, Historic Preservation Days, awards, lectures, discussions, workshops, and exciting performances! Events are scheduled all over the state and we encourage you to get involved. A sampling of some of the events: The Keys If you live in Monroe County or in the nearby area, you may want to check out The Florida Keys Community Concert Band on March 24th. This is a free family concert at Islamorada’s Founders Park. Attendees should bring blankets or lawn chairs. The concert celebrates Florida composers and cultural heritage and highlights Florida’s people and places. Favorite Florida composers include Henry Fillmore (who retired to Miami in 1938), Robert Sheldon, and John Edmondson. Clearwater For folks in or near Pinellas County on April 7th, there’s the 21st Annual Antique Car Show presented by the Pin Mar Antique Car Club at Heritage Village. More than 125 lovingly restored pre-1959 vintage vehicles are on display against the stunning backdrop of Pinellas County’s 21-acre living history museum, a native pine and palmetto landscape dotted with dozens of historic structures. You’ll think you’ve gone back in time! Enjoy live music, games and activities, a food court

and the chance to vote for your favorite set of wheels! Free Admission. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on Heritage Village, visit and click on “Heritage Village” under the Visit list. Fort Lauderdale Broward County Residents are invited to bring old, undated family photographs to the Broward County Main Library on April 12th. While it’s nice to know the names and relationships of the person in the photograph, an important element is lost if the photograph is undated. Librarian Tom Wilcox will show you how to use print and online sources to reveal the clues behind these photographs. Tallahassee In the Capitol City, The Florida Heritage Awards Ceremony and Reception on March 28th will honor Floridians for their contributions to arts and culture in this great state. Singer, songwriter, artist and producer Lawrence Hankins “Hank” Locklin will be inducted into the Florida Artist Hall of Fame, and the Arts Recognition Award will be presented to James Gibson who portrayed this year’s theme, “The Road Less Traveled,” in a beautiful painting that was created exclusively for Florida Heritage Month and is available as a commemorative poster. To learn more about Florida Heritage Month and to search for events in your area, please visit CREDITS

More than 125 vintage vehicles filled Heritage Village at its 20th Annual Antique Car Show in 2006. Keys Community Concert Band Performing at Founders Park, Robert Sax, Conductor, photo taken by Carol Smith

CULTURE BUILDS FLORIDA’S FUTURE Culture Builds Florida’s Future, the Strategic Plan for Arts and Culture in Florida was completed through a series of visioning meetings and planning in 2004. The plan is a product of extensive input from the business community and the cultural constituency, aimed at redesigning the role of arts and culture while educating the public about the tremendous benefits they bring to the state’s economy. The four focus areas of the plan are Economic Development, Learning and Wellness, Design and Development, and Leadership. Now that we have this plan in place, we are excitedly moving into the next phase of the plan: implementing the ideas set forth in these four focus areas. Three statewide meetings are being scheduled for July 2007 to develop specific implementation strategies and success measurements for the new goals of the plan. These sessions will be facilitated by Jonathan Katz, Chief Executive Officer of NASAA (The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies). We encourage you to attend these convening sessions and bring with you the enthusiasm and input necessary to make the meetings a success. Details on venues and times will be posted on the Division’s website as they become available. Promoting Learning & Wellness July 17, 2007 Gainesville, Florida Strengthening the Economy July 19, 2007 St. Petersburg, Florida Building Leadership & Advancing Design and Development July 20, 2007 Fort Lauderdale, Florida


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Left: Cover, Culture Builds Florida’s Future Below: Visioning session in Miami, 2004.



We are pleased to announce that Katharine Horn Dickenson has been elected to serve a one year term as the new Florida Arts Council Chairman! Mrs. Dickenson was first appointed to the Florida arts council in 2001 and subsequently appointed for a second term by Former Governor Bush in 2003.

The Division of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Capital Foundation, is presenting two Creative Capital Foundation Weekend Professional Development Retreats for selected Florida Artists. The weekend retreats are geared to creative/generative artists residing in Florida. The first workshop took place in Seaside, Florida on February 9-11, 2007 and the second will be occurring in Winter Park, Florida at the Crealdé School of Art on May 11-13, 2007.

As an active community historical preservationist for Boca Raton, Mrs. Dickenson serves on such boards as the Children’s Museum at Singing Pines, the Boca Raton Historical Society, Boca Raton Junior League, and The Mounts Botanical Garden. In Vermont, where she has a summer residence, she has served on the boards of the Dorset Theater Festival and the Manchester Music Festival. Other activities include the boards of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington and the Board of the Edith Wharton House in Lenox, Massachusetts. Her current restoration project interest is the “Old Courthouse” project, the new history museum in West Palm Beach. A life-long Floridian, Mrs. Dickenson was appointed to the Florida Historic Preservation Advisory Council for a seven-year term and served as chairman in 1988. She was first appointed to the Florida Arts Council in 2001 and reappointed for a second term in 2003 by former Governor Jeb Bush. She is the only Floridian to have served as both chairman of the Arts Council and chairman of the Historic Preservation Advisory Council (now the Florida Historical Commission). Mrs. Dickenson was appointed by three governors to the Palm Beach County Historic Preservation Board and served as chairman for eight years.

About the Retreats- Since 2003, Creative Capital Foundation has partnered with arts stakeholders to develop and present professional development workshops for hundreds of artists around the country. The Professional Development Weekend Retreats are designed to deliver skill-building opportunities to artists living and working in Florida. Artists who have attended these intensive retreats have described the experience as life-changing. The goal of the retreats is to provide a cohesive structure that will help artists to organize, plan, and sustain their creative careers. The retreats use an integrated approach to developing skills in marketing/public relations and fundraising with a particular emphasis on strategic planning for individuals. The retreats also aim to help artists break patterns of crisis management and increase satisfaction in their art practices and careers. The Division has already received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the artist participants at the Seaside retreat. The artists who attended the workshop left with a feeling of community and enthusiasm that was truly remarkable. The core value of the workshop of artists helping artists could not have resonated stronger than with the Seaside group. The artists included in the workshop have already put together a listserve to stay in touch with one another. There was also even talk of collaboration on future projects. Professional Development Retreats in Florida- The Division received an overwhelming response to the application deadline for these retreats. Artists in all disciplines were eligible to apply for this opportunity and 48 artists were selected (see list). The Division is able to offer this opportunity free of charge to selected artist participants. The Division is able to offer this service due to generous funding by the National Endowment for the Arts, Challenge America Program. Artists attending the workshops were responsible for paying for their accommodations and travel to and from the workshop location only. For more information on the Division’s other Artist workshops, please visit the Division’s website at Information about other workshop opportunities will be posted as it becomes available.

Her many awards include the 1989 Florida Trust Distinguished Service Award, Palm Beach County’s Judge Knott Award in 1996, Boca Raton’s Myrtle Butts Fleming Award in 1995, and was she recently inducted into the publication Who’s Who in America. Mrs. Dickenson graduated from the University of Miami with a master’s degree in education. She resides in Boca Raton with her husband David, an attorney. She has three sons practicing law in Palm Beach County, three daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. The 15-member arts council advises the Secretary of State on matters pertaining to culture and the arts and recommends funding for cultural grants statewide. Also serving as Florida Arts Council officers are Mr. Stephen Hogge, Tallahassee, as Vice Chairman and Mrs. Jacqueline Bradley, Windermere, as Secretary. For more information about the Florida Arts Council or the Division of Cultural Affairs, please visit

Artists accepted to attend the retreats: Seaside, 02.09.07 – 02.11.07 Kevin Anderson Lillian Garcia Roig Sarah Bewley Michael Chomick Mindy Colton Terrie Corbett Neverne Covington Marsha DeBroske Leslie Fry Terry Galloway Jaye Houle Kenneth Huff Robert Lawrence Edward Lewis Jan Master Leslie Neumann Peter Schreyer Jay Shoots Del Suggs Anna Tomczak John Wilton Donna Wissinger Ronald Yrabedra

Winter Park, 05.11.07-05.13.07 Lauren Austin Mark Baratelli Amanda Birdsall Donne Bitner Elisabeth Condon Doug Cooney Mollie Doctrow Sana Doumet Terry Godbey Candace Knapp Rick Lang Diana Leavengood Jeffrey Scott Lewis Mary Beth Lundgren Cindy Mason Leigh Murphy Jean Cappadonna Nichols Audrey Phillips Edward Simon Lynn Tomlinson Diana Tonnessen Quentin Walter John Westmark Lynn Whipple Spring 2007




In June of 2006, the Pinellas County Cultural Affairs Division hosted Paradise Lost and Found: A Hurricane Preparedness Workshop for Individual Artists. The workshop focused on getting a disaster plan in place in order to safeguard assets for individual artists. Specific workshop topics included insurance for artists and business interruption insurance. Guest speakers included two individuals from the Pinellas County Economic Development Office who discussed business continuity planning and disaster recovery planning. For artists, these needs can differ, especially when one considers that their artwork is one of their most important assets as a small business.

“While most disasters are impossible to avoid, there are many simple steps artists can take that would greatly minimize their impact.” Cornelia Carey, Executive Director, CERF- Craft Emergency Relief Fund The Pinellas County Cultural Affairs Division also distributed resources to local cultural organizations that are aimed to help them assess damage and ascertain salvage priorities in the event of a disaster. For more information on the Pinellas County Cultural Affairs Division or its workshop offerings for local constituents, please visit their website: CREDIT

Cornelia Carey visits with potter Brian Nettles on the slab where his studio once stood in Pass Christian, MS.

State Senator Bill Posey (pictured at left) put on his dancing boots and participated in a real hands on arts experience this Holiday Season. Senator Posey is pictured at left with Brooke Deratany Goldfarb, Chairman of the Board of the Space Coast Ballet Company; after a Nutcracker Performance produced by the company on December 9, 2006. The Space Coast Ballet’s Nutcracker was performed in December at the King Center for the Performing Arts, with live accompaniment by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. The Space Coast Ballet is based in Melbourne, Florida. For more information about the Company and the Space Coast Ballet Academy and their programs, please visit:

FAPAA ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN MIAMI DIVISION OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS RECEIVES NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP AWARD VSA Arts announced its 2006 National Awards for Excellence during its annual affiliate meeting in Washington D. C., June 7-8, 2006. Morgan Lewis, Accessibility Coordinator, State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs was awarded VSA arts National Award for Outstanding Community Partner. Nominated by VSA Arts of Florida, the Division of Cultural Affairs has measurably increased cultural access and inclusive services statewide. “These awards represent the dedication and innovation of VSA Arts affiliates and their partners in increasing access to the art for people with disabilities in their communities,” said Soula Antoniou, president of VSA Arts.


Spring 2007

The 2007 Annual Conference of The Florida Association of Public Art Administrators (FAPAA) will be hosted by the Miami-Dade Art in Public Places Program. Scheduled for May 9, 10 & 11, the conference will include speakers and sessions on topics of interest to artists and program administrators in the Public Art field as well as tours of the many artworks in the program’s collection. The $50 conference fee provides for all sessions, art tours, two breakfasts and two lunches. See for details.

NEWS STATEWIDE ARTS ACCESS TASK FORCE Coral Aiken-Miller Marco Island Francine Anderson Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Miami Paul Berg Arts Council of Northwest Florida Pensacola Jan Bevan Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens Jacksonville Hope E. Caldwell Palm Beach Cultural Council West Palm Beach Raquel Fruchter Artists-in-the-Schools Arts Council of Hillsborough County Tampa Randi Goldstein Cultural Resources Commission Tallahassee

A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO IMPROVING ACCESSIBILITY The Division of Cultural Affairs has partnered with VSA Arts of Florida to assemble a Statewide Arts Access Task Force consisting of Representatives from all areas of the state. The primary goal of the task force is to provide accessibility policy guidance and support for cultural institutions throughout the state. This task force consists of members from varied backgrounds and aims to demystify the processes of developing and sustaining accessible programs. First on the task force’s agenda is the development of an organizational Accessibility Self-Assessment Survey and Americans with Disabilities Act Planning Tool for Florida, which would help organizations assess their ADA policies, programs, services, and facilities. The task force members discuss local, regional, and statewide accessibility issues and provide tools, resources, and support for Florida organizations on these issues. Meetings are held quarterly via telephone conference. One face to face meeting will also be held during the annual Arts Day in Tallahassee. Dates and times of task force meetings will be announced as activity continues. For additional information, contact Marian Winters, Executive Director, VSA Arts of Florida, at 813.558.5095, or at FOR MORE INFORMATION On the Division’s accessibility programs or resources, please contact Morgan Lewis, Accessibility Coordinator for the Division,

Mary Jane Kelly Cultural Council of Indian River County Vero Beach Ann Larson Pasco Fine Arts Council Holiday Hope McMath Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens Jacksonville Dr. Deborah Meranski Boynton Beach Garry Novick Broward Center for the Performing Arts Ft. Lauderdale Martine Collier Sarasota County Arts Council Sarasota Sandra Sroka Tampa Joan Stadsklev Chipola Regional Arts Association Marianna Juliana Steele United Arts of Central Forida Maitland Nancy Turrell The Arts Council of Martin County Stuart Ann Wykell City of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg Morgan Lewis Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Marian Winters VSA Arts of Florida Beth Gordon VSA Arts of Florida


ASL Gallery Tours for Miami-Dade Public Schools Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs at the Wolfsonian, Florida International University Museum Spring 2006 Spring 2007



Herbert Marc ‘Tippen’ Davidson Jr., a longtime champion of the arts in Florida, member of the Florida Arts Council, President, CEO, and coeditor of The Daytona Beach News-Journal, and founder of Seaside Music Theatre passed away January 23, 2007 at the age of 81. Those who knew Tippen and had the chance to work with him described his death as a huge loss, not only personally, but to all of the arts throughout the state. Tippen understood the importance of leadership to support the entire arts and cultural industry, not just those projects in his own community. He believed in the power and beauty of the arts to transform and enrich lives and communities, a belief which led him to a lifetime of unparalleled service. Davidson received many honors for his dedication and service in the cultural and civic arenas. His contributions not only had a great affect on his local counties of Volusia and Flagler, but also on the state of Florida as a whole. Tippen served as the first chair of the Florida Arts Council and continued to serve as a council member for several terms. In 1977, he founded the Seaside Music Theatre where he continued to serve as producer, president of the board, music director, and conductor. His love of the performing arts and dance was evident when he spearheaded the development of the News-Journal Center performing arts facility in Daytona Beach. He also co-founded the Florida International Festival, was former vice-chairman of the Stetson University School of Music Board of Trustees, founded the Seaside Concert Series, was a member of the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Panel, served as a board member of the Volusia County Cultural Arts Advisory Board, and was former Chairman and Board Member of the Florida Cultural Alliance. In 2005, Tippen was the guest conductor for the London Symphony Orchestra when they performed the “Star Wars” theme encore at the Daytona Beach Pops concert. Davidson was awarded an Honorary Music Doctorate from Stetson University in 1975. He also received the 1991 Business Committee for the Arts National Award and the 1995 Florida Arts Recognition Award. These awards and accomplishments are just a few of the great achievements of this Floridian. Above all, Tippen is described as a wonderful and caring friend. This renaissance man will be both greatly missed and dearly remembered by the state’s cultural community and all those whose lives he touched. CREDITS

All photos courtesy of the Daytona Beach News-Journal


Spring 2007

IN MEMORY IN MEMORY OF CHRISTINE FEDERIGHI Internationally recognized ceramic artist, educator, and individual artist fellowship recipient Christine Federighi passed away November 18, 2006, in Miami after a twelve-year battle with cancer. She was 57. Christine was a professor at the University of Miami in the Ceramics Department and has been widely recognized as a pioneer in the ceramics field. Christine’s significant contributions to contemporary ceramics were recognized by her receipt of five State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Awards and a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant (1985). Her work was also widely exhibited and published across the country. Christine will be greatly missed by the arts community in Florida; not only for the countless artistic contributions she made to the state and to her field through her artwork; but for her generous contributions of her time spent nurturing and educating the many other artists and students who worked with her. CREDIT

Dark Dreamer, Christine Federighi, Ceramic, 2005, 25/7/4

REMEMBERING ROXIE THOMAS Roxie Thomas, Florida Sculptor and educator passed away February 11, 2007 from ovarian cancer. Roxie often utilized used common materials (such as bra straps) in her sculptures to convey her commonly-used themes of feminist issues. Roxie was also a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant in conjunction with the Southern Arts Federation and a past recipient of one of the Division’s Artist Enhancement Grants. Roxie also contributed greatly to Florida’s cultural community as an educator. She had been an instructor at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota since 1994 and also taught numerous other workshops at such locations as the University of Florida, Santa Fe Community College and at the University of South Florida. Roxie will also be remembered for the contributions that she made both statewide and on a national level through her service on the Board of Directors for Florida Craftsmen, Inc. (she served as both the Treasurer of the Board and the Vice President) and as the Florida State Representative on the Board of the American Craft Council. Roxie was 59 when she passed away. CREDIT

“Crone,” Roxie Thomas, bra straps and metal frames

IN MEMORY OF CHARLES DORN, Ed.D. Inspired by the likes of Jack Twerkov, Ad Reinhardt, Helen Frankenthaler, Mark Rothko, and Richard Diebenkorn, Charles Dorn was a Tallahassee artist and professor of art education and arts administration at Florida State University. Borrowing from the approaches of respected artists, he created an eclectic style that explored visual possibilities more as an investigation rather than as a search for a final product. His method was to paint flatly, seeking shapes, colors, and lines as they evolve unconsciously in the act of forming. Dorn’s artwork has been exhibited extensively, both locally and nationally. His paintings were recently shown as part of the Department of State Capitol Complex Exhibition Program. Dr. Dorn has also published and presented numerous scholarly papers, articles, and chapters of books. His great contributions to the Tallahassee art community will be missed. CREDIT

Art Works, Charles Dorn, 2002, 36/44 Spring 2007


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“Special Secrets,” Roxie Thomas, Leather, fabric and brass buckles “No Nonsense,” Roxie Thomas, Bra straps and brass buckles

Profile for Charity Myers

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Booklet  

Booklet newsletter created for the Division of Cultural Affairs

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Booklet  

Booklet newsletter created for the Division of Cultural Affairs