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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FLAG, State-Wide Artists Group Invites Public To 67th Annual Art Exhibition

The Florida Artists Group (FLAG) is a non-profit organization of professional artists in 1949. Its members are artists whose work has attained national or state-wide recognition.  The purpose of the group is to stimulate attainment of the highest standards of creative art within the State of Florida. The Public is Invited to FLAG’s 67th Annual Art Exhibition located at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. The Free Opening Reception is Friday, February 10th.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the exhibition, information about how artists can join this prestigious group and some sneak peeks.  The Exhibition continues through February 28th.

 

 

 

 

FLORIDA ARTISTS GROUP

67th Annual Art Exhibition

Opening Reception

Friday, February 10, 2017

6:00 – 8:00PM

The exhibition continues through February 28, 2017

Coral Springs Museum of Art

2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065

(954) 340-5000

 

The Florida Artists Group is made up of artists whose work has attained national or state-wide recognition, the purpose of the group is to stimulate attainment of the highest standards of creative art within the State of Florida.

 

 

“Untitled” by Karen Salup

 

 

 

 

  • The Florida Artists Group (FLAG) is a non-profit organization of professional artists in 1949. Its members are artists whose work has attained national or state-wide recognition. The purpose of the group is to stimulate attainment of the highest standards of creative art within the State of Florida.

 

 

“Quad” by Cecily Hangen”

 

 

 

  • In addition to the Symposium and Exhibition held in the spring, area exhibitions and meetings are sponsored at other times in various places in the state. The nature of these meetings follows the character of the Spring meeting. These meetings also serve to bring the members of the organization closer together.

 

 

“Stairs of Vizcaya” by David Chang

 

 

 

Members’ Annual Exhibition:

The annual exhibition is juried for awards (currently nine) that are presented at the Awards Banquet held as part of the Symposium. FLAG hosts an eminent artist, educator, curator or Museum professional to act as juror and Keynote Speaker at the Symposium.

 

 

Florida Artists Group — Area Groups

 

 

There are 10 area groups in the state. When you become a member of FLAG, you become a member of your local area group. These groups hold separate exhibits and meetings throughout the year.

 

 

Area I
Broward, Dade and Monroe Counties

Area II
Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties

Area III
DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Area IV
Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Sumter, Citrus and Polk Counties

Area V
Indian River, Brevard, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Lake Counties

Area VI
Flagler, St. Johns, Duval, Nassau, Clay, Putnam, Marion, Bradford, Alachua Union, Baker and Levy Counties

Area VII
Hendry, Lee and Collier, Charlotte, and Glades Counties

Area VIII
Columbia, Gilchrist, Dixie, LaFayette, Suwanee, Hamilton, Madison, and Taylor,Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty, Franklin, Wakulla, Leon, Gadsen, Jackson and Jefferson Counties

 

 

For more information about membership, workshops and exhibits please visit:

 http://www.floridaartistsgroup.org

 

 

 

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Jean “Notewell” Williams Speaking in Dallas, TX and Fort Pierce, FL

Jean “Notewell” Williams is an inspiring entrepreneur, whose public platform is “Walking out your Dream” ©.  Williams’ latest book, ” A Little More Cream and Sugar” featuring Naliyah, Nana’s Little Angel speaks to the camaraderie of coffee drinkers, faith walkers and creative dreamers. The book trailer may be viewed on YOU Tube and has been featured on National cable television sites such as Bravo TV, Entertainment, MSNBC and DISH in Chicago, IL reaching over three million viewers!  She will be speaking in Dallas, TX and Fort Pierce, FL.  Don’t miss her!

 

Jean will be Speaking
Jean will be The Seminar Speaker on June 21st at 2:30 pm

 

 

Jean “Notewell” Williams is the maestro behind It’zzz Our Time, LLC.  The company carries the couture-inspired “Exclusively by Jeannie” ©Handbag Line, Bespoke parfum© as well as artful photography.  She and her husband Haywood have been married for over thirty-five years. Jean is the mother of five and Nana to fifteen engaging grandchildren. The Rickie Report has been waiting for Jean’s book to be published so we can share the details with you!  We know you will be enchanted.  Jean has several book signings scheduled nationally and locally.

 

Meet Jean in Fort Pierce

Meet Jean in Fort Pierce

“A Little More Cream and Sugar”

by Jean “Notewell” Williams

 

 

 

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Follow the story of how the warmth and fragrance of coffee, a drink most of us take for granted, brings a family together through many generations.  At the heart of this book is Naliyah, a youngster battling a childhood syndrome.  While coffee exudes energy and zest, Naliyah’s  personality brings those same qualities to everyone who meets her.

 

Please click here to see a short, 60 second video overview:

Go to www.youtube.com and type in “A Little More Cream and Sugar”

 

Jean’s book is a family affair, reaching beyond this inspiring child.  Jean tells The Rickie Report, “All the art work in the book is by me except for a few crafts and designed apparel by Liyah.  There is a painting by her father. My other granddaughter Destiny, who is 14 years old, has an acrylic painting and an illustration in the book.  My eldest did the layout and text formatting”. 

 

 

Destiny Williams Acrylic painting

Destiny Williams’ acrylic painting, included in the book, took First Place for Watson Duncan Middle School at ArtiGras, 2013

 For more information about Jean’s purses, parfum, photography or book please call 561-723-9328  or email NeWine03@aol.com

 She is available to attend a meeting of your organization for a Book Signing!

Jean’s book, ” A Little More Cream and Sugar” can be purchased through  Barnes & NobleBooks-A-Million , Authorhouse.comAmazon.com 

 

Jean is always growing and expanding her horizons.  She ends every email with the phrase “My Direction Has Purpose” and we believe it does!  The Rickie Report is humbled at being mentioned in this book’s acknowledgements….

 

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