To all our Arts Council friends and supporters -- 

I want to take this opportunity to let you know that the Florida Keys Council of the Arts is beginning a search for a new chief executive to succeed our friend Monica Haskell. 

Monica is stepping down from her full-time position as President and Executive Director at the end of her contract on June 30.   

I know we will all miss Monica greatly, but she has been leading the Arts Council for 10 years and she tells us she is ready for something new.  She has graciously offered her services to the Arts Council on a consulting basis as needed after her contract expires. 

In addition to being Executive Director of the Arts Council, Monica also currently serves as staff for the Art in Public Places Committee for Monroe County as well as the TDC's Cultural Umbrella committee which disburses funds earmarked for the arts throughout the county.  

As the leading cultural organization in the Florida Keys,  the Florida Keys Council of the Arts (FKCA ) links audiences around the world to galleries, theater, museums, festivals, literature, dance, music and more from Key Largo to Key West.  We aid artists and cultural organizations in the Keys by helping them get the resources, information and audiences they need.  We do this many ways -- publicity, our website, weekly cultural calendar,  publications and speeches,  grants and re-granting programs,  organizing exhibitions and concerts, and being the Keys-wide conduit of arts information and programming.  It always amazes me how much the Arts Council accomplishes. 

Those of you in the performing arts know how vital your support personnel are -- well, I think of the FKCA as the support group for arts and culture in the Keys.  We aren’t the group in the limelight because our job is to highlight others.   The FKCA doesn’t blow its own horn because it’s busy trumpeting the wonders of the Florida Keys cultural community to locals and visitors.   But I’d like to let everyone know that Monica has been an outstanding leader of the Keys cultural community and we thank her from the bottom of our collective hearts.  I hope those of you who have benefited from her leadership and help will let her know your sentiments.  Her email is:

The FKCA Search Committee has been meeting for several weeks and is now placing ads for a new Executive Director.   If you are interested in applying for the position, please send a letter of interest and resume to

The Search Committee is composed of the following individuals who are all current or past members of the FKCA board:  Shirley Freeman, Key West;  Tom Butler, Key Largo; Nancy Perez Miller, Islamorada; Rocky Hubert, Key Largo and Key West (don’t ask us to explain);  and myself (Key West).  Monica is an ad hoc member.  Shirley is chair of the committee. 

We are sad to see Monica leaving, but are excited about taking the Arts Council to the next level.  We would like to get input from our membership and friends about what you think we should look for in a new executive.  In the coming weeks, you will be given notice of three meetings in the Upper, Middle and Lower Keys where your advice will be solicited.  Of course, always feel free to email myself or other members of the committee regarding your thoughts.  I’ve included their email addresses at the end of letter. 

Thank you for your continuing support, 

Connie “C.J.” Groth

Chair, Florida Keys Council of the Arts  


Email addresses of committee members:

Shirley Freeman;

Tom Butler;

Nancy Perez Miller;

Rocky Hubert;

CJ Groth

March 2, 2007


Connie Groth
Florida Keys Council of the Arts