St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Welcomes New Executive Director, Alyona Ushe

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance has named its new executive director, Alyona Ushe after a lengthy national search.  Ushe began her career by founding Classika-Synetic Theater in the Washington DC Metro area. In South Florida, as President and CEO of Creative City Collaborative (CCC),  she grew the organizational budget to over $3 million. She founded the critically acclaimed Arts Garage, where she presented over 500 performances by both regional and international artists and launched numerous signature series and educational and outreach initiatives. Under her leadership, CCC won highly competitive bids in Pompano Beach to revitalize, program, and operate a 3,000-seat dormant amphitheater, and to open a new $20 million Cultural Center. The Rickie Report welcomes Alyona and looks forward to working with her and the St Lucie Cultural Alliance team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We are thrilled that Alyona Ushe will be putting her energy, creativity, and extensive experience to move St. Lucie County’s Alliance to an entirely new level of commitment to the community it serves,” said Rebecca Miller, Chair of the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Board of Directors.

 

Ushe brings over twenty years of leadership experience in launching and growing distinctly different organizations for both nonprofit institutions and municipalities. As the Alliance’s Executive Director, Ushe will lead the implementation of the SLCA strategic plan, establish and cultivate strong partnerships with artists, organizations, events, and groups in St. Lucie County, and work towards engaging compelling arts and education experiences for residents and visitors alike.

 

“SLCA’s overwhelming success since its reincarnation is remarkable. Neil Levine, SLCA Interim Executive Director, has done an outstanding job in developing a powerful road map for the vision and direction of the organization,” said Ushe. “I am honored to take over the reins and continue to build on the great accomplishments while developing new initiatives to strengthen St. Lucie County’s cultural economy and support the local creative community.”

 

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance’s new executive director, Alyona Ushe

 

 

 

 

With Ushe’s expertise and years of experience, it is foreseen that she will have no problem filling the big shoes of Dr. Neil Levine, who has been the interim director since the organization reestablished in 2018.  “I’ve been delighted to have had the opportunity to assist the cultural alliance by developing organizational structure and strategic development, resulting in significant momentum. And I am pleased that foundational work is to be built upon by a true professional. I feel sure that Alyona will further develop the alliance into a benchmark organization we can all be proud of,” said Dr. Levine.

 

Ushe began her career in the arts by founding Classika-Synetic Theater in the Washington DC Metro area. There she produced over 100 original productions and organized the company’s participation at numerous festivals, including the International New York Fringe Festival, The Kennedy Center Prelude Festival, and the Shakespeare Festival in Washington, DC. She created and implemented extensive education outreach programs, praised on the floor of the US House of Representatives, resulting in significant Federal Appropriation funding.

 

In South Florida, she was the President and CEO of Creative City Collaborative (CCC), where she grew the organizational budget from $250,000 to over three million in under five years. She founded the critically acclaimed Arts Garage, where she presented over 500 performances by both regional and international artists and launched numerous signature series and educational and outreach initiatives. Under her leadership, CCC won highly competitive bids in Pompano Beach to revitalize, program, and operate a 3,000-seat dormant amphitheater, and to open a new $20 million cultural center. Previously, Ushe was the Executive Director of the New Orleans Opera Association.

 

About St. Lucie Cultural Alliance:

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance (SLCA) is the professional organization representing the arts and cultural sector in St. Lucie County. SLCA’s mission is to better position the arts and cultural sector as a significant contributor to the vibrancy, and educational and economic wellbeing of St. Lucie County. SLCA is a proud partner of The City of Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County, St. Lucie County Tourism Division, and Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.

 

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

2300 Virginia Avenue  Fort Pierce, FL 34982

www.artstlucie.org

 

 

 

 

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“Keep Art Alive” St.Lucie Cultural Alliance Transcends Counties, Cities Or Countries. Real Resources, New Art Activities Are Available

The newest edition of “Keep Art Alive” from the St.Lucie Cultural Alliance transcends counties, cities or countries.  Anyone can use this information to continue to bring culture to their lives, as we make our way into a new world.  Learn new art techniques, find financial forums for help, discover new art resources, enjoy art activities for adults and children.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos here.  We are proud to be a Media Sponsor of this organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEEP    ART    ALIVE  !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With school remaining closed, and summer coming with must of us still in quarantine, what is a better way to keep the family entertained than a creative art project?! Recycled art is an inexpensive and fun way to explore creativity. Plus, we all know, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  Let’s recycle and pile up on inexpensive art supplies right from home.

In this edition of “Keep Art Alive”, we will learn recycled art tips and tricks, and how to get creative on a low budget or no budget.

 

 

 

REVEAL     YOUR     TREASURES

 

Found any treasures around the house? Let your imagination run wild! Create the most eye-opening recycled artwork and let us see it on social media using hashtags #artstlucie #stayhome #withartstlucie #keepartalive #jointhemovement #recycledart, and tag us, @artstlucie . We will repost it on all our digital platforms, including our website. 1. 2. 3. Treasure hunt

 

 

RESOURCES    FOR    ARTISTS

 

We will continue to use our platform as a hub to bring free resources, opportunities and financial relief information to you during the adversities of COVID-19.

Resources are updated weekly          Get the latest updates

 

 

 

GET INVOLVED   

STAY CONNECTED

 

We would also like to extend a private invitation to you to join our exclusive Facebook group, Join the Movement, created for our members, partners and friends. There, feel free to lead discussions about the arts, including sharing, teaching, learning, asking questions, providing feedback, making suggestions, and getting and sharing resources. Have you visited our online marketplace? Start a discussion about one of your favorite pieces in the Facebook group.

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For more information:

artstlucie.org

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

2300 Virginia Ave     Fort Pierce, FL 34982-5632

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Lucie Cultural Alliance Announces Arts And Cultural Community Networking Mixer On May 29. Learn More About This Newly Designated Local Arts Agency

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is bringing together the arts and cultural community at a networking mixer and celebration on Wednesday, May 29. Artists, musicians, creative professionals, and business, nonprofit and civic leaders are all invited to mix, mingle, and network. St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is celebrating its recent recognition as St. Lucie County’s designated local arts agency.  Walk away with new connections and inspiration! The Rickie Report shares the details about this and other ways to connect to SLCA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 INVITES  YOU:

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 29

5:30 -7:30 pm

Sunrise Theater

117 S 2nd St.    Fort Pierce, FL 34950

 

 

Cost to attend: FREE for St. Lucie Cultural Alliance members and a guest*, $10 for non-members.

If you decide to join St. Lucie Cultural Alliance at or after the event, we will credit your ticket cost toward your new membership.

Questions? Contact Holly Theuns at (772) 462-2783, holly.theuns@artstlucie.org. 

*Call or e-mail us for details about our guest policy.

 

 

 

 

Lisa Fitz-Coy, Communications Manager, tells The Rickie Report, “St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is a young organization, so we’re really trying to build awareness among artists (and galleries and arts organizations as well), about membership and our resources. Artists, musicians, creative professionals, and business, nonprofit and civic leaders are all invited to mix, mingle, and network. St. Lucie Cultural Alliance is celebrating its recent recognition as St. Lucie County’s designated local arts agency.”

 

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For more information:

St. Lucie Cultural Alliance

2300 Virginia Ave  Fort Pierce, FL 34982-5632

 

Resources:

 www.ArtStLucie.org

 https://www.facebook.com/StLucieCulturalAlliance/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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City Of Port St. Lucie Calls For Outdoor Public Art, Open To All Artists In The US

The City of Port St. Lucie is seeking a landmark, free standing, outdoor sculpture that will be visually appealing from all sides, serve as a focal point for motorists entering and leaving the city, and complement the residential character of the surrounding neighborhoods.  The roundabout is located in a residential area, at NW Bayshore Boulevard and NW Selvitz Road.  The Rickie Report shares the details of this Call to artists and reminds you that you need not be a resident of Port St. Lucie or Florida to apply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port St. Lucie is the 8th largest city in Florida and the 3rd largest city in South Florida with over 189,300 residents. It occupies an area of 120 square miles in St. Lucie County on Florida’s east coast, about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach, halfway between Miami and Orlando. Port St. Lucie is proud to be a hometown where people live, learn, work and play, and celebrate all of life’s opportunities and dreams.

 

 

Artists and artist teams submit your proposals for a permanent outdoor public art installation to be exhibited at the roundabout at NW Bayshore Boulevard & NW Selvitz Road.

 

Port St. Lucie is seeking a landmark, free standing, outdoor sculpture that will be visually appealing from all sides, serve as a focal point for motorists entering and leaving the city, and complement the residential character of the surrounding neighborhoods. The roundabout is located in a residential area and the City is seeking proposals that reflect multigenerational families and the City’s motto of being a hometown where people live, learn, work and play.

 

ABOUT PORT ST. LUCIE

Project Description

The roundabout’s interior has a concrete six by six foot base in the center that was designed to accommodate a sculpture.

The commissioned artwork will become part of the City’s permanent public art collection. Proposals should:

• Complement the scale, design and landscaping of the roundabout • Be an original design that requires minimal maintenance
• Be visually appealing from a distance
• Not create a distraction for drivers

While artistic quality is very important, works will be reviewed for durability, safety and appropriateness to the site.

 

Artworks must be structurally sound and able to withstand an outdoor environment in a largely unsupervised area that is not protected from weather or curious viewers.

Port St. Lucie has a subtropical climate that is hot and humid, with intense sun and seasonal heavy rains and hurricane-force winds. Avoiding potential problems such as deteriorating rust and fading should be considered.

 

 

Physical Interpretation & Criteria Goals

There is a 6-foot minimum height preference and 12-foot maximum height preference and it must not exceed more than six feet in width. Other sizes will be considered based on how the proposed art piece fits with the space. Create a sense of community and diversity that reflects the City’s motto, “A City for All People.”

 

 

Budget & Terms

The City’s project budget is not to exceed $200,000. This artwork budget will reflect all costs associated with the project, including but not limited to design and engineering, production, transport, installation, site preparation, and travel expenses.

The City will provide the foundation to support the artwork. However, if unusual foundation needs are proposed by the artist, these costs must be accounted for within their proposed artwork budget.

 

Artist Eligibility

The project is open to all professional artists or artist teams residing in the United States. Local artists are encouraged to apply. If applying as an artist team, please identify the team member who will serve as the lead artist.

One submittal per artist or artist team.

 

Submission materials:

Cover Page (RFP) Provide as a PDF.

  • Identification of the artist’s name or artist’s team name
  • Contact information including mailing address, telephone number, email address and name of contact person (team lead)
  • Statement of Interest (500 characters max)
    Provide a narrative of your interest and how you would approach this project.
  • Statement of Qualifications (500 characters max)
    Describe past work and your experience completing other public art projects.
  • Time frame in which the artist would be able to complete the work f rom award of contract to installation.
  • Estimate of annual maintenance requirements and estimated maintenance expense.
  • Description of materials to be used and their durability.Résumé/CV

• Provide as a PDF (2-page maximum).

References

  • Provide as a PDF.
  • A minimum of two professional references.
  • Include names, addresses and phone numbers.Proposal

• Provide as a PowerPoint presentation.

  • –  First Slide: Brief description of proposed artwork and an explanation of how the artwork represents the City of Port St. Lucie’s motto, “A City for All People.”
  • –  One to Five Slides (Work Samples): Provide at most five samples of completed work, one sample per slide. Submissions from artist teams should reflect samples from each artist.
  • –  One to Five Slides (Conceptual Design): Provide any renderings, sketches, or visual representations of proposed artwork. Provide no more than five samples, one per slide
  • –  One Slide (Itemization): Provide an itemized list of materials used, dimensions and market value.Signed W-9 form.Disclosure Statement. Provide as a PDF.

 

Application Deadline:

Deadline for Submission: May 30, 2019

Responses will be received until 2:00 p.m. on May 30, 2019.

June 2019

June 2019 July 2019

August 2019

September 2019 October 2019 April 2020

General review of application and selection of three finalists by the Selection Panel

Artists notified

Presentations by three finalists at a public meeting for final selection by the Selection Panel for recommendation to City Council

Public Art Advisory Board review of final selection and recommendation to City Council

Final Selection by City Council Artist contract finalized and signed Deadline for artwork installation

The City of Port St. Lucie reserves the right to change the dates of the project timeline, to modify this solicitation, to request additional information or proposals from any or all participating artists, to reopen the competition and/or to accept or reject, at any time prior to the commissioning of a work, any or all design proposals.

 

 

Selection Process

A Selection Panel comprised of a member of the City Council, a member of the Public Art Advisory Board, community stakeholders, and a representative of the Public Works Department will review all submitted materials and select three artist finalists. The three finalists will be required to develop additional presentation materials as well as a maquette of their proposed site-specific artwork and travel to Port St. Lucie to make a formal presentation to the Selection Panel and members of the community. The Selection Panel will then select a final candidate to recommend to City Council. The three selected finalists will be paid an honorarium of $1,500.00 for travel expenses, oral presentation, and material costs.

 

 

Selection Criteria

  • Proposed artwork exhibits artistic merit, quality, and innovate design.
  • Proposed artwork is appropriate to the site in size, materials and structural integrity.
  • Proposed artwork meets the requirements of this Call to Artist.
  • Professional qualifications of artist or artist team and experience with similar public art projects including the fabrication and installation permanent artwork suitable for outdoor elements.
  • Evidence of the artist’s (or artist-team) ability to successfully complete the work as proposed in the timeline.

 

For more information contact:

772-871-5213 • Susan List at slist@cityofpsl.comwww.CityofSPL.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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St.Lucie Cultural Alliance Announces Master Mobile Photography Class With Mitch Kloorfain On Saturday January 26

The St. Lucie Cultural Alliance announces Master Mobile photography class with renown photojournalist, Mitch Kloorfain on Saturday, January 26 in Fort Pierce, FL. Learn to use your mobile phone camera to take better shots, use natural light, how to edit photos, and more.  This workshop is perfect for artists and other creative professionals who are looking to build a professional brand.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.  We urge you to register before all of the seats are taken!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASTER     MOBILE    PHOTOGRAPHY

Saturday, January 26

 9:30 – 11:30 am  

 

 

$10 for Members  $20 for Non-Members

at

Main Street Fort Pierce

REGISTER AT:

www.Artstlucie.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about the event or other workshops, exhibits or activities:

www.artslucie.org

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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