Some exciting new changes for the arts . . .

While I wanted to speak with you many of you individually, our SLICE network felt like the best place to share some exciting news with you all at the same time.  I was recently asked to join Baker Barrios Architects, one of Orlando’s largest architectural, interior design, and planning firms.  I have accepted this offer as their new Vice President of Global Marketing for Orlando, Tampa, and Atlanta.

 

While I will be transitioning out of my current role over the next few months, I will be taking on the new responsibility of becoming an executive board member for the Downtown Arts District, allowing me to continue to champion the place that has supported me, believed in me, and challenged me to reach my highest potential.

 

Recently, I’ve had an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments over the last few years.   We’ve been through some challenging times amid the daunting recession, but we have prevailed and come through it stronger and healthier than ever before.  We’ve expanded our programs, grown our awareness, bolstered attendance and revitalized one of Downtown Orlando’s cornerstone gems, CityArts Factory.

 

It makes me proud to live in and serve a City that is dedicated to fostering growth in our Downtown core.  From our local events and activities to the national stage, we have much to enjoy and look forward to as we continue to welcome new venues such as the Amway Center, the Mezz and the Abbey in the Sanctuary, and the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Centre.

 

Art is inspirational, transformational, enlightening, and educational.  It has been for me – and I know it is for many others.  This passion for art drives our organization, our staff, and our volunteers.  It fuels our mission to lead, stimulate, and guide the best, most audacious and most unique artists in Orlando.

 

I’m eagerly looking forward to the next stage of the Art District’s development.  I have been inspired by the community’s continued commitment to the arts and I extend my deepest thanks to our sponsors and every member of the Downtown Arts District family for working so hard and so creatively these past few years.  And, certainly not least, I want to recognize our talented artists who truly make it all happen.

 

Thank you!

Downtown Arts District

 

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Comment by Stephen M. Clark on December 21, 2010 at 6:34pm

Shannon.  Thanks for all the support that you've given to the arts community here in Orlando.  You've been a great leader, and friend to us all.  I wish you the best in your new position, and only hope that who ever follows you, will have the same focus, drive and vision that you brought to the job.  Merry Christmas

Comment by Pablo J Hernandez on December 21, 2010 at 6:34pm

All together, we can achieve much!! Congratulations, we support you Shanon

Comment by Stephanie's Muse on December 21, 2010 at 6:29pm

Thankyou for all concern to the artists located at the center in the melting pot, Florida. I look forward to our combined efforts toward illuminating culture from the 21st century standpoint.~SJS

Comment by Toni Taylor on December 21, 2010 at 6:26pm

Big congrats Shanon... I wish you much success in your new endeavors. You have surely made a positive difference in the downtown art community and CAF has certainly become a Gem under your supervision. Onward and upward for all creatives of Central FL!

Comment by caroline alexandra key on December 21, 2010 at 6:26pm

You are an inspiration, Shannon, thank you! Hope your holidays are filled with joy and that all artists will prevail during these hard times. I hope the New Year brings out all the best creative endeavors in all of us!

Comment by Mark H. Englert on December 19, 2010 at 8:23am

Congratulations, Shanon!  Baker Barrios is to Orlando what Arquitectonica is to Miami.  You know where to find me....

Comment by Praise Santos on December 19, 2010 at 12:41am

Thank you for the work you do!
You're investing in a city that's alive and thriving.

Comment by David Wheeler on December 17, 2010 at 6:05pm

Shanon, you did a fantastic job transforming CityArts Factory and growing the awareness of the Downtown Arts District beyond our wildest dreams.  Thank you for your dedication and leadership -- I look forward to serving with you on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

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