Our mission is to support, promote, and advance arts and culture.
Our vision is a community where arts and culture are recognized as integral to the lives of all people.
Who We Are
The Arts Council is the local umbrella arts agency that provides a unified voice for all cultural organizations and activities in the greater Tampa and Hillsborough County region and promotes the good news about the cultural vitality of our community to a national audience.
What We Do
The Arts Council is committed to lead the charge to ensure a healthy environment for arts and culture in this community for generations to come. We galvanize widespread support for arts and culture while also providing grants, unified marketing efforts, research, and advocacy to help our entire cultural community thrive.
Why We Matter
Our efforts play a vital role in making Tampa and Hillsborough County more appealing to new residents, tourists, and employers looking for a new home.
Developed after reviewing more than 1,000 community survey responses, this comprehensive publication defines our long-range goals through 2020. The plan recommends actions and measurements to fulfill those goals. Read the Arts Council Strategic Plan
Board of Directors
The Council’s Board of Directors is comprised of 15 members appointed by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and three to six ex-officio members. Appointed Board members serve four-year terms. The Board meets the fourth Thursday of every month and meetings are open to the public.
Chair Jeffrey Gibson, MacFarlane Ferguson McMullen, PA
Vice-Chair Marian Winters, Retired
Treasurer Michelle A. Turman, CFRE, Principal Consultant Catalyst Consulting
Dr. Emery Alford, Retired
Paul Berg, Carrollwood Cultural Center
Lindsay Claytor, Bank of America
Mara Latorre, City of Plant City’s Planning & Zoning Division
Gabriel Mbulo, Edward Jones
Pat Mitchell, Artist
Joseph Restaino, Financial Advisor, Film Producer
C.J. Roberts, Tampa Bay History Center
Sandra Sroka, Arts4all Florida
Ann-Eliza Taylor, Yates Law Firm, PA
Bob Terri, Artist
John Thompson, AIA, Wilder Architecture
Georgia Vahue, Firehouse Cultural Center
Ex-Officio Board Members
Honorable Victor Crist, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners
Honorable Lynn L. Gray, Hillsborough County Public Schools
Lindsey Kimball, Hillsborough County Economic Development
Honorable Mike Suarez, Tampa City Council
Robin Nigh, City of Tampa’s Art Programs Division
Martine Meredith Collier, CFRE, Executive Director, email MCollier [at] TampaArts.org
Joseph Federico, Compliance Coordinator, email JFederico [at] TampaArts.org
Sharon “Cha Cha” Scott, Administrative Assistant, email SScott [at] TampaArts.org
Terri Simons, Director of Programs and Communications, email TSimons [at] TampaArts.org
Caroll Vick, Director of Education, email CVick [at] TampaArts.org
Christalyn Wasylkiw, Education Program Coordinator, email CWasylkiw [at] TampaArts.org
The Arts Council is the state-designated Local Arts Agency for Hillsborough County. We are an independent special district of Hillsborough County government, governed by a 15-member board of directors appointed by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.
The Arts Council and its programs are funded in part by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners; Hillsborough County Public Schools; the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida; foundations; corporations; and individuals.