Patricia CaswellProgram Director/Greenfield Prize CoordinatorEprograms@hermitageartistretreat.orgP 941.475.2098Patricia may be found working virtually from her home office or in the Hermitage beach cottage.
Prior to being the Hermitage Program Director, she was Executive Director of the Sarasota County Arts Council for 17 years where she led: A grant program awarding $15 million cumulatively, to artists and organizations; Management of a $1.4 million agency budget; Government and press relations; Fundraising; Governance; Community cultural planning and agency strategic planning; Programming such as festivals and education outreach.
One of her last accomplishments was the initiation and co-founding of the Hermitage Artist Retreat.
She received the 2005 Sarasota County Tourism Leader of the Year Award and the Woman of Power award of the Sarasota Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Woman.
She was host of Comcast Sarasota Arts Today for seven years.She was named as one of Sarasota's 50 most influential people by Sarasota Magazine, and is a member of Leadership Florida.
Service on Boards of Directors includes: The Florida Arts Council; Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County; President of the Florida Association of Local Arts Agencies; Florida Cultural Alliance; Sarasota County League of Women Voters; SRQ Airport Community Advisory Board; Community Leaders Council of the University of So.
Florida; Non-Profit Resource Center Advisory Board; The Hermitage Artist Retreat Board of Trustees, founding member.
With a degree in Music Education from Edinboro College, PA she has been a choral and band director in private and public schools as well as a performer.She is a graduate of the Center for Authentic Leadership, and is a certified coach from the University of South Florida.
What they say about Patricia Caswell:" Patricia Caswell's highly-regarded, 17-year experience as the Executive Director of the Sarasota County Arts Council, as a member of the Florida Arts Council and Leadership Florida, add up to an incomparable body of work, accomplishment, experience, and connections.Patricia is gifted with an ability to see below the day-to-day issues of not-for-profits into the core causes that keep Boards and Executive Directors waking up at 3 a.m. and is able to guide them to find their own creative solutions.Working as a colleague and a coach from the "been there, done that" school, she draws upon a deep well of empathy while communicating directly and truthfully with director and executive-level clients.I can't recommend Patricia highly enough for her practical, field-level knowledge and her ability to see how best to apply it for achieving effective governance and executive leadership."
Patricia specializes in organizational and leadership development, combining the art of coaching with the rigor of strategic thinking and accountability for measurable results.In addition to one-on-one leadership coaching, she offers services in organizational development including strategic planning, the One Page Business Plan, team communication, group facilitation, and board retreats.Patricia is best known for her 17 year leadership as CEO of the Sarasota County Arts Council were she led the Council's vision, community planning, initiatives, budget, programming, granting, advocacy, and governmental/community relations.She has served on ten community and statewide boards, including the Florida Arts Council and the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County.She has been recognized as Sarasota County Tourism Leader of the Year and as a NCJW Woman of Power.She initiated and serves on the Board of the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood Fl., and served as President of the Florida Association of Local Arts Agencies.Caswell is a certified professional coach through the University of South Florida.She has practiced the coaching process in a four-year program at the Center for Authentic Leadership in Atlanta, Georgia.In addition she holds a B.S. degree in Music Education from Edinboro University and is a graduate of Leadership Sarasota and Leadership Florida.
"Sarasota lost Poet Alexis Orgera to Savannah, but before she left she was judged one of the best writers around when she won the John Ringling Towers Fellowship in 2013," remarked Patricia Caswell, Hermitage co-founder and program director.
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