Advocacy – Monitor

Serve as an advocate for arts education for all students

Monitor decision making as it affects arts education

Develop and Support

Develop and support collaborations among schools, artists, arts organizations and community


Maintain an organizational structure and the resources to support all other goals

News in Arts Education

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Many thanks to the Pinellas Community Foundation
for their generous support

2020 Pinellas School Board Candidates

runoff candidate bios

Runoff candidates – Survey on Arts Education


The School Board candidate runoff will be part of the general election on November 3.

Mail-In ballots will be out on September 29 and Early Voting is October 19 through November 1.

For Voter Registration, Mail-In Ballot information
and any other voter information, visit

The Pinellas County School Referendum is also on the November ballot.  80% of Referendum funds go directly to teacher salaries, especially important during this challenging time. Every remaining penny goes to the students, supporting arts and technology – including laptops for virtual learning. 100% of Referendum funds go to all public schools, including charter schools.

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The mission of ACE Pinellas is to promote quality arts education in Pinellas County Public Schools, so that all students have access to a strong, sequential and equitable K-12 arts education program.

The ACE Pinellas Steering Committee is made up of educators, arts administrators, parents, volunteers, arts advocates, artists and representatives from civic groups, industry, local businesses and PTSA members. ACE steering Committee members believe that arts opportunities contribute to a complete education for all students.

ACE programs include monitoring school board meetings for issues related to arts programs, educating the public on school board elections, educating on the Referendum for Pinellas Schools and an annual Principals Appreciation program.

ACE – Arts for a Complete Education Committee
  • Daryn Bauer – The Florida Orchestra
  • Steve Beaty – Arts Advocate
  • Dr. Susan Betzer – Arts Advocate, The Florida Orchestra BOD
  • Maria Cantonis – Clearwater Arts Alliance BOD, Museum of Fine Arts BOD
  • Sue Castleman – Retired Visual Arts Supervisor, PCS
  • Brenda Dannewitz – Retired Music Teacher, PCS
  • Madeline Dunsizer – Retired Instrumental Teacher, PCS
  • Kay Eaton – Pinellas County Council Reflections Chair & PTA Rep
  • Vicky Hagedorn – Retired Elementary Music Teacher, PCS
  • Patrick Jackson – American Stage
  • Lisa Lehmann – Grants Manager, Elevate ARTS, PCS
  • Linda Lerner, Arts Advocate, Former PCS School Board Member
  • Kimberlyn Martin – Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
  • Mary Anna Murphy – Board Chair, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance
  • Jacob Merrett – Lakewood High School Guitar Teacher
  • Jonathan Ogle – Visual Arts Supervisor, PCS
  • Joseph Papich – Arts Advocate, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance board
  • Judith Powers-Jones – Arts Advocate & Artist
  • Pat Priscoe – Retired Visual Arts Teacher, PCS
  • Sharon Reid-Kane – VP Education & Outreach – Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • Jeanne W. Reynolds – Performing Arts Supervisor, PCS
  • Karen Santangelo – Visual Arts Teacher, PCS & PAEA Rep
  • Frank Williams – Retired Music Teacher
  • Mary Wyant – Middle School Choral Teacher, PCS & PCMEA Rep

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