For immediate release, June 3, 2002

Contact Hal Howland, 305-295-4369


Arts council seeks Cultural Umbrella member


The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is seeking nominations for an individual in the Lower Keys with interest and expertise in the arts, culture, and marketing, to join the Tourist Development Council Cultural Umbrella as of October 1, 2002.

The Cultural Umbrella reviews applications for the funding of arts and culture event promotion in the Keys and recommends successful applications to the TDC.

Candidates for the open position must live in the Lower Keys, between the Key West city limits and the west end of the Seven Mile Bridge.

Candidates must also:

have resided in the Tourist Development Committee District to which appointed for a minimum of two years;

have demonstrated significant support and advocacy for art and culture or work as an artist (visual, performing, literary, historic);

demonstrate an understanding of the prime importance of art and culture to the economy and to the quality of life of Monroe County citizens and guests; and

receive no income in an administrative capacity from an entity or individual that was awarded Cultural Umbrella event funding in the past fiscal year or that applies in the current year.

By July 15, candidates should send a letter of interest describing how they meet these criteria to Monica Haskell, President & CEO, Florida Keys Council of the Arts, 1100 Simonton St., Key West, FL 33040.

For more information, call Monica Haskell at 305-295-4369; e-mail; or visit