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 kevin stewart on December 27, 2010 at 3:37pm
I always seek to connect and often feel that the content I tend to posts is oftentimes too too personal. Thanks for helping releave me of some of my reservations. Your updates is personal and informative. Your concerns outlined as they are demonstrate how an advancment in your professional life also adds meaning to your artistic..
Comment by David Wheeler on December 22, 2010 at 2:30pm
Posted by Jennifer Quigley on December 22, 2010 at 10:42am
Shanon, I am very excited for you and hope that your new position challenges and fullfills your career goals! Under Monte's chairmanship, you and he accomplished great things for the Downtown Arts District. MORE...
Comment by Vicky Crozier on December 21, 2010 at 10:41pm
Shanon you have done an amazing job with the Art District and it is fortunate that you will continue to stay involved inspite of I'm sure what will be a very busy schedule in your new endeavor.  Best of luck and much success!  Have a joyous holiday and a very Happy New Year!
Comment by Jim Crescitelli on December 21, 2010 at 10:29pm
Congratulations, and the best of everything to you! You did great things downtown, and I'm happy to hear that you will continue your good works. Marry Christmas !
Comment by Phyllis Thomas on December 21, 2010 at 9:59pm
congratulations, Shannon. . .. a promotion well-deserved!  you've worked hard in promoting the Arts in OTown.  We'll miss you on site at CAF, but know the new challenge will be encouraging and fulfilling.  May you be blessed in your new endeavors.
Comment by Char Midkiff on December 21, 2010 at 8:30pm

Congrats Shanon!  I am happy to hear... you will still be an influence in Downtown OTown! 

All the Best,


Comment by Heidi Jordan on December 21, 2010 at 8:25pm
Congratulations Shanon!  You made a huge impression on me when we first met at the Rollins Philanthropy Center sharing your achievements and enthusiasm for the Downtown Arts District.  Your leadership has clearly shined with your creativity, ingenuity, passion, integrity and fierce attention to detail!  It's positive to learn that you will remain with the capacity to champion the future developments supporting the arts in the City of Orlando.  Wishing you all the best - You deserve it! 
Comment by Patrick Kahn on December 21, 2010 at 8:14pm

Good for you Shanon ! You've made a difference in the City's Art Life ! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Comment by fabriciano vela on December 21, 2010 at 7:33pm
Congrat !!!  
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


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