Art Uplifts Humanity

We Uplift Art and Artists All Across Pinellas County

As Pinellas County’s non-profit local arts agency, we provide funding and support to artists of all kinds throughout the county, and we connect businesses, tourism and the public with the arts community.

Our mission is to foster and sustain a vibrant, inclusive, and collaborative arts community across Pinellas County. We provide support, connection, and opportunities to artists, organizations, and the public in order to grow and sustain the area as an internationally recognized arts and cultural destination.

Our Values


Our work includes all mediums of art from all over the county and we prioritize equitable representation across identities.


We are better together and we strive to make connections that will drive our mission and expand our impact.


Art should be accessible to all and we endeavor to increase availability of and access to art experiences in everything we do.


We are enthusiastic participants in the arts, always searching for ways to support our community and co-create the arts and culture scene.


We are creative in our approach and flexible in our thinking, allowing space for divergent ideas and unconventional actions.

Meet the Board of Directors

David Warner, Board President

I have been a journalist for more than three decades in Tampa Bay, Philly, and Vermont, with a year off for good behavior on an arts journalism fellowship at Columbia… Read More

John Brielmaier III, Treasurer

John Brielmaier is a Pinellas County native, CPA, and appreciator of the arts. John enjoys being a part of the community through local nonprofit board participation as well as professionally… Read More

Kathi Grau, Secretary

I’m a native Chicago gal who was smart enough to come to Florida right after college! I am a retired educator of forty years, teaching middle and high school visual… Read More

Learn More About the Creative Pinellas Board of Directors

Meet Creative Pinellas

Beth Gelman, Senior Director of Arts and Cultural Programming at Creative Pinellas

Elizabeth Gelman spent decades as an artist and arts educator before transitioning into the museum world.   Moving from work in the classroom to museum education, she has held leadership positions at… Read More

Barbara St Clair, CEO

The board agreed and I became the ED (now CEO) of Creative Pinellas, the County’s Local Arts Agency. Since then, we have launched multiple successful programs, from grants for professional and emerging artists, to grants to send kids to arts summer camp. … Read More

Kimberly DiVito, Director of Tourism Product Development and Strategy

I lead with my strengths as an empathetic, futurist who believes and understands that humans, can accomplish much. I apply this in my current role as Director of Tourism Product… Read More

Sheila Cowley, Arts Coast Magazine Managing Editor

SheilaCowley is a playwright and audio producer. She serves as Managing Editor of the Arts Coast Magazine. s.cowley@creativepinellas.org… Read More

Charlene A Harrison, Grants and Business Manager

officemanager@creativepinellas.org | (727) 582-2242 | Experienced professional with 16+ years progressive experience in a variety of positions functioning in Client Account Implementation, Staff Training, Customer Service and Support…. Read More

Roman Black, Director of Marketing and Communications

roman.black@creativepinellas.org | (727) 582-2811 | “I am thrilled to join the team at Creative Pinellas and expand my love of the arts throughout the region.” … Read More

Cindy Stovall, Arts Ambassador

I am a career nurse, manager and corporate educator turned journalist. In nursing, my particular expertise was in the areas of critical care, pediatrics and post anesthesia care. I have… Read More

Lea Umberger – Arts Project Manager

lea.umberger@creativepinellas.org  | 727 748-6451 cell/ direct contact | (727) 582-2172 office… Read More