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Cultural Council names Antonio Allegretti executive director

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is pleased to announce Antonio Allegretti will be its next executive director.

cultural council moreAllegretti has long been a visionary in the Jacksonville arts and culture scene, launching the First Wednesday Art Walk that’s become a decade-long staple downtown and serving as founding director of the successful Riverside Arts Market. Allegretti joins the Cultural Council from JAX Chamber, where he’s served as director of downtown engagement for the past two years.

“Tony is well known in our community as an innovator and arts advocate,” said Diane Brunet-Garcia, chair of the Cultural Council board of directors. “With his recent engagement with JAX Chamber and the Downtown Investment Authority, he is just the right person to help strengthen our existing relationships with city and cultural partners, while forging new ones with businesses, working artists and the public. I look forward to working with Tony and our Board to position arts and culture as the centerpiece of Jacksonville’s economy and quality of life. “

Allegretti has helped forge ties between the arts and business community, bringing the Chamber in as a closer partner to the arts. The JAX Chamber hosts artists during Art Walk, features Spark District Songwriter Residency performances at Community First Saturdays and supports large scale murals through the City of Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places Program.

“Tony’s enthusiasm, relationships and knack for just getting things done downtown have been great assets to the Chamber and our entire community,” JAX Chamber President Daniel Davis said. “At the Cultural Council, Tony will be in an ideal position to continue to be a strong advocate for improving the quality of life in Jacksonville and I look forward to working with him to expand our partnership as he promotes and grows Northeast Florida arts and culture.”

Allegretti has worked with local arts organizations since 2001 as marketing director for Theatre Jacksonville. He then collaborated with visual artists and musicians to produce local events and help populate empty downtown storefronts with local art. In his variety of roles across the community, Allegretti has always been focused on making Jacksonville all it can be, and the common thread is building and promoting arts and culture. Allegretti has a deep understanding of the value of arts and culture to an upcoming city, which will benefit Jacksonville and the Cultural Council, Brunet-Garcia said.

“Now is the time for us to leverage our excellent cultural infrastructure and build on what’s already a robust local arts scene,” Allegretti said. “I’m truly honored for the opportunity to serve in this role and am excited to work with artists, our amazing art organizations, and everyone else eager to help build on the momentum and buzz in our community.”

Allegretti will begin his role as executive director on May 1, 2014.

About the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville champions the appreciation, relevance and expression of art and culture. The Council stewards the City of Jacksonville’s annual appropriation to the arts, contributes to economic vitality through art and culture initiatives, and leads advocacy efforts to demonstrate the impact and significance of culture in the community. The Cultural Council is sponsored in part by the City of Jacksonville and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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