On Sept. 6, Creative Pinellas, the Countyäó»s Local Arts Agency, announced that Christopher Hubbard has joined the organization as Programs Manager.
Hubbard, who has been active in the Clearwater arts and cultural community as Cultural Affairs Specialist for the City of Clearwater, as well as their Special Events Committee Chairman, brings extensive knowledge and experience to the position.æ This includes holding a leadership role in the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals, where he served as president for close to three years.
äóìBy bringing Christopher on board we believe we are getting the right mix of leadership skills, community engagement, depth of knowledge and passion for the arts,äó said Barbara St. Clair, Executive Director of Creative Pinellas.æ äóìAs an organization that has grown dramatically in the last 18 months and is poised to grow again, we were looking for someone who had a strong background in the arts, depth in the community and boundless energy.æ With Christopher, we got all of that and more.äó
Hubbard joined the organization on Sept. 4 and will join the Creative Pinellas team in their new offices in Largo, at the site of the former Gulf Coast Museum of Art.æ According to St. Clair, he will have oversight of all the programs and services that Creative Pinellas currently provides to artists and arts organizations as well as being responsible for new programs and initiatives that the Agency is planning for 2018 and beyond. These include the launch of a new Arts Business Incubator for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, also located at the former museum, developing and managing Creative Pinellasäó» public art programs, enhancing marketing and promotions of Pinellas County as a cultural destination, and expanding existing educational and support programs for artists and arts and cultural organizations.
äóìIäó»m very pleased and excited to join Creative Pinellas and to help the organization grow and become even more effective in supporting artists and the arts community,äó Hubbard said. äóìRight now we have a great opportunity to build on the momentum and success of the arts in Pinellas County and I look forward to being a contributor to that effort.äó