Florida CraftArt, a nonprofit organization headquartered in St. Petersburg, recently announced that Katie Deits has accepted the position of executive director, bringing a wealth of fundraising experience and enthusiasm for various artistic media.
Deits previously worked at Florida’s Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum, Gallery and School of Art in Tequesta; on a statewide grant review panel; and on Palm Beach County’s public art committee. With a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and two advanced degrees in photography, she also professes a passion for ceramics.
“Of particular importance is her proven ability to grow membership and donations, and her ability to expand awareness of Florida CraftArt,” Florida CraftArt Board President Kathryn Howd said. “Katie brings us already established connections with arts centers and craft facilities statewide.”
Deits has served on the faculties of Barry University, Palm Beach State College and The Society of the Four Arts, as well as advisory boards for arts associations and other organizations.
Located at 501 Central Ave., Florida CraftArt is the only statewide nonprofit that represents established and emerging craft artists. It regularly sponsors exhibits, workshops and classes.
“Our board feels very fortunate to have attracted someone of Katie's caliber to lead Florida CraftArt as we meet the challenges of growing the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida's fine craft artists and their work,” Howd said.