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This blog is managed by Curtis Young, Communications Coordinator for the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs.

The Museum of Florida History Re-opens

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We’re so happy to announce that the Museum of Florida History re-opened this morning after being closed for seven months as part of the renovation project on the plaza level of the R. A. Gray Building. With the reopening of the Museum comes the completion of a fascinating new permanent exhibit, Forever Changed: La Florida, 1513–1821. Phase 1 of the Forever Changed exhibit opened in 2012 and featured the time period 1513–1565. The new exhibit explores a dynamic period in history—from the meeting and interaction of native and European cultures to Florida’s adoption as a United States territory.

Be sure to stop by the Museum when you’re in Tallahassee, and check out the Museum of Florida History webpage!

Team Member Tuesday: Mary Kay Keller

Today we’re featuring our part-time team member, Mary Kay!

Name: Dr. Mary Kay Kellerblwhmkk

Position: Grants Specialist

How long have you been with the Division? 14 months

So what exactly do you DO? Review and process cultural sponsoring organization applications; annual endowment and cultural facilities reports. Monitor grant reporting compliance. Support program staff in grant application fatal criteria reviews and reports as requested.

What’s your favorite part of your job? Solving issues: Working with our grantees to provide technical and educational support of issues involving compliance and reporting requirement technicalities. Continue reading

Team Member Tuesday: Hillary Crawford

This Team Member Tuesday, let’s meet someone who just couldn’t stay away!Hillary

Name: Hillary Crawford

Position: Arts Consultant

How long have you been with the Division?

I started working for the Division in July of 2015. Previously I worked for the Division from January 1999 to October 2002 in various capacities.

So what exactly do you DO?

As a program manager, I assist grantees in the media arts, multidisciplinary, and presenter categories of the Discipline-Based arts grants. I see the grantees through the entire life of their grant, from their application and eligibility, to the panel process, and then with managing their awards throughout the year until the final report.  I also assist with the installation of art for the Capitol Complex Exhibition program and am beginning to work with Fellowships, Endowments, and Art in State Buildings. Continue reading

Team Member Tuesday: Patty Warren

It’s Team Member Tuesday again!  This week we’re talking with Patty Warren.

Keep your eyes peeled, by the way, for new NON-Team Member stories coming soon!

Name: Patty Warren       Patty

Position: Operations Management Consultant II

How long have you been with the Division? 10 years

So what exactly do you DO? I manage the Division’s budget, prepare all annual documents for the Legislative Budget Request, oversee the grant payment process and manage the National Endowment for the Arts State Partnership Award while supervising assigned staff. Continue reading

Team Member Tuesday: Gaylen Phillips

Happy Tuesday, everyone! We’re deep into panel season here at the Division of Cultural Affairs, and almost every day we have a panel meeting via teleconference.  The panels review grant applications, then recommend the best applications for funding by the State of Florida.

In light of this, this week’s Team Member Tuesday features Gaylen PhillipIMG_0051s, who oversees our grants program:

Position: Arts Administrator

How long have you been with the Division? 25 transformative years

So what exactly do you DO? At this time, I manage the grants services which means I supervise the program managers. I am involved in the guidelines and application procedures for most of the grant programs and I manage several very large contracts. And a lot more stuff that’s too much to mention. Continue reading

Team Member Tuesday: Elsie Rogers

Gosh, we missed Team Member Tuesday yesterday!  Let’s make up for it now with a little bit about Elsie Rogers:

How long have you been with the Division? Since October 2012

EJR CroppedSo what exactly do you DO? I am the Program Manager for Cultural Facilities and Cultural Endowments

What’s your favorite part of your job? Working with and helping grantees and working with my co-workers.  I also love seeing the Cultural Facility projects when they are completed. Being involved with people who love the arts.

Are you an artist yourself? Yes, I am a poet and my MA is in Creative Writing.

What do you like to do for fun? Play tennis, have dinner with family and friends, active vacations… Continue reading