Supporting the Creative Life Across the Political Spectrum

Saturday, June 17, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
The arts as a field are predominantly associated with liberal viewpoints, but we must support the creative life for all. How do we work on a bipartisan basis with all elected officials?

This session addresses issues of advocacy, arts education, capacity, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, grantmaking, private sector engagement, public art, and public value.

This session is part of the Engaging Equity sessions.


Antonio Allegretti
Executive Director
Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida

Tony Allegretti has served as the Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville since 2014. From 2014 to 2016 the economic impact of grant funded organizations served by the Cultural Council has grown from $58,000,000 to $77,000,000, and from 21 organizations to 25. Art in Public Places has advocated and earned nearly $2 million in public art funding, including new works in underserved neighborhoods. This represents a nearly 5000% increase in public art investment from the previous decade. The Cultural Council has also invested more than $250,000 in grants and professional development to local artists and ushered in another $150,000 specifically for diversity and inclusion and access to art and culture for all. Previous to leading the Cultural Council, Tony has created multiple events including the First Wednesday Art Walk and was the founding manager of the Riverside Arts Market.