Recently selected as artist laureates this year for Creative Pinellas, Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse of Mickett-Stackhouse Studio will share what they’ve been up to in the studio as well as how they are coping and helping other artists through the current pandemic. Working collaboratively for over ten years, this artistic team has produced large-scale sculpture, painting, and prints, many of which have been commissioned. Their collaboration is one in which both artists work on all aspects of their projects.  Mickett comes to the collaboration from a background in philosophy, film, radio, poetry, and theater.  Stackhouse followed a traditional visual arts path, and his individual work can be found in museum collections around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Australia, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.  Both Mickett and Stackhouse hold Ph.Ds:  Mickett in philosophy and Stackhouse has an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, the University of South Florida.

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Join us for a conversation with Michael Francis, the Music Director of The Florida Orchestra, on his history as a musician, conductor and educator, the power of Music, and future plans for the Orchestra.

Michael Francis has quickly established himself as one of the leading international conductors of today. Taking over as music director of The Florida Orchestra in the fall of 2015, he is now entering his sixth season with a contract extension through the 2023/24 season. His role in building a wide variety of trans-formative community initiatives has significantly grown the organization.

During the 2019/2020 season, engagements included a debut with the Detroit Symphony for their season opening, as well as return performances with the Indianapolis Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic, Philharmonia, MDR Leipzig, RSB Berlin and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken.

Previous and upcoming highlights include North American performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, and the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, St. Louis, San Diego, Houston, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Pacific, Montreal, Toronto and National Arts Centre (Ottawa). In Europe, he has conducted the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE Madrid, Mariinsky Orchestra, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Scottish Symphony. In Asia, Francis has worked with the NHK Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and the philharmonic orchestras of Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and Seoul.

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Friend of a Friend is a new monthly interview series from Creative Pinellas drawing connections between artists, inspirations, friends and mentors and showcasing the individuals that together make a creative community. Each month an artist interviews another artist in Pinellas County that has been an inspiration to them. The next month the interviewee becomes the interviewer, speaking with a Pinellas artist that has inspired them in turn. Join us as we kick off the series with artist Akiko Kotani.

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