Cornerstone Class 19
Arts, Literature, Museums, Contemporary Classical Music, Meditation
Patricia Caswell conceived of and co-founded the Hermitage Artist Retreat. She directed artistic programs and residencies for hundreds of Pulitzer, Tony and Grammy winning artists and writers. As CEO of the Sarasota County Arts Council, she developed a grant program awarding $15 million for culture. She led: Arts advocacy campaigns; the first county-wide arts strategic plan; Sarasota County’s first public art ordinance; and several initiatives that broaden the scope of the arts in Sarasota. She initiated the John Ringling Towers Grants for Artists and Sarasota’s Arts Leadership Award. Her awards include SRQ County Tourism Leader of the Year and NCJW Woman of Power. She was TV host of Sarasota Arts Today. She was one of Sarasota Magazine’s 50 most influential people. Boards include: The FL Arts Council; SRQ County Economic Development Corp; FL Association of Local Arts Agencies; FL Cultural Alliance; Sarasota Women’s Alliance; and SRQ League of Women Voters.