Art Center Sarasota Welcomes Two New Board Members

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Art Center Sarasota has welcomed Susan McLeod and Michael Shelton to its board of directors. Howard Davis, ACS’s board chair, says, “Susan and Michael are terrific additions to our board. They bring decades of successful local experience, valuable expertise, and deep commitment to continuing our legacy as the region’s leading edge, community-based visual arts organization.” Susan McLeod is a Realtor with Michael Saunders and has been involved with the Sarasota arts community since moving here in 1971. She has owned a gallery, sat on many boards, and has been an exhibiting artist. Most recently, McLeod chaired Sarasota Season of Sculpture’s board of directors. Her national and international affiliations include board membership with the International Sculpture Center in New York and membership with the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals. “Thanks to Sarasota’s visual arts, our community is recognized as the heart of Florida’s arts and culture,” says McLeod. “Art Center Sarasota serves as our region’s leading visual arts advocate and it’s my pleasure to help further its cause.” Michael Shelton is a retired attorney and a driving force in many Sarasota non-profits. He is the founder and board chair of Booker Promise Foundation, Inc., which offers scholarships to all economically disadvantaged students at Booker High School. Shelton was the co-founder and board chair of Perlman Music Program Suncoast, Inc., served as the co-executive director of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, and was the managing director of the Sarasota Ballet of Florida. He was also a co-founder, board member and executive director of Embracing Our Differences. McLeod and Shelton join a board that includes Howard Davis, chair; Sam Savin, vice chair; Ramsey Frangie, treasurer; Ned Norris, secretary; and Carolyn Benedict-Drew, governance chair.

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