A STATEWIDE NONPROFIT
501 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 821-7391 FloridaCraftArt.org
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Tyler Jones
Vice President Mark Anderson
Treasurer Helen Igar
Secretary Lara Shelton
Immediate Past President
Kathryn Boeckman Howd
Kimberli Burns Cummings
Executive Director Katie Deits
Our mission is to grow the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work.
Please support the arts with your annual gift.
Dear Florida CraftArt Supporter:
Gifts like yours help us accomplish life-changing effects for artists and visitors alike. We hear stories every day such as this one from hand-beading artist Eleanor Pigman:
“When I first started to sell my artwork at Florida CraftArt, I was not confident and worked part-time at an office job. This amazing nonprofit has helped transform my art career and has given me the confidence to blossom and become successful ̶ through offering me special opportunities by highlighting me as an artist, giving critical and practical advice on types of art to make which would sell, and fostering my being more professional in my presentation. Very supportive staff members are always available and positive. Today, I am a full-time artist, lecturer and extremely confident. Florida CraftArt made this happen for me. I am forever thankful.”
- With the help of supporters like you, Florida CraftArt can help artists like Eleanor to be a successful entrepreneur through mentoring, promoting and selling their work, along with opportunities to exhibit.
Sandy is a senior citizen on a low, fixed income who lives nearby in subsidized housing. She enjoys browsing the art in the galleries, meeting the artists and attending educational programs that she would not be able to afford if a fee was charged. Loneliness is a tremendous problem for senior citizens and young mothers alike who often bring children to see art in the gallery.
- We offer thought-provoking, curated exhibitions and educational programming to our community.
- Admission is always free of charge, so there is no financial barrier to anyone.
- Gallery visits and programs provide a socially engaging environment that helps to combat loneliness.
- Statistics show that access to art and cultural learning experiences are crucial to the development of children and critical thinking. We offer Creative Discovery Workshops for Children and Families with curriculum that is written to Florida Sunshine State Standards.
Because of generous donors, Emerging Artists are given complimentary coaching, promotional materials and booths at our CraftArt Festival, boosting their careers.
We are thrilled to share that gifts like yours helped us purchase new technology that will expand our statewide presence and assistance to artists for professional development classes, including webinars.
For the first time our Permanent Collection of Fine Crafts will be exhibited offsite at Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park, from September 20 to January 11, 2020. The goals of the collection are to recognize the cultural significance of Florida’s fine craft art in our broad artistic landscape, document the rich tradition of craft art throughout Florida and beyond, and to educate and inspire future generations of craft artists and arts appreciators.
Your support is crucial for us to continue to showcase the remarkable talents of the artists across our state, as well as bringing meaningful educational programming to the community. With your gift, you are investing in the arts and fostering a skilled workforce of creative occupations contributing to economic productivity.
Your 100% tax-deductible contribution creates opportunities for artists and people of all ages to experience, engage, learn and connect through art!
Can we count on you to help us sustain our ability to bring the joy of art to all?
Thank you for your support and generosity!
Executive Director Tyler Jones
President, Florida CraftArt
P.S. Please donate now, your gift makes a difference. Also, your gift may be eligible for a match by your employer.
If you have any questions or comments, please call Katie Deits or Liz Cooper at (727) 821-7391.
Donations of stocks and/or securities are appreciated. Also, please think of us for your donor-advised funds.
Other ways to support Florida CraftArt
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