Ann K. Wykell



Principal, Social Sector Solutions 2009 – Present

Provide planning, project management, organizational development consultation, and analysis to the nonprofit sector with an emphasis on urban placemaking, organizational stabilization, innovation and creative problem solving, public art planning/ administration    Clients and projects include:


•  The Patterson Foundation, Sarasota FL.   Developed and implemented $2million public art plan for Patriot Plaza, within Sarasota National Cemetery.  Managing production of book about the art installation, which is unique to American national cemeteries. Completion projected for 2014

•  Phil Graham Landscape Architects, for City of Tampa, Zack St. Art consultant on design team from concept through installation to integrate art into downtown streetscape renovation.

•  Circus Sarasota, Sarasota, FL. Preparation for capital campaign and major growth.  Provided organizational development analysis and recommendations on operations, board structure, finances and marketing. Drafted Case Statement.  Results:  Most recommendations have been implemented, new programs have been instituted, branding and marketing revamped, successful capital campaign is underway.

•  Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, Bradenton, FL.  Wrote policies and operating guidelines for new public art program; Managed nine public art projects in three years including Bradenton Riverwalk collection ($300,000).  Art representative on design team for Bradenton Riverwalk from concept development through installation.  Developed policies and operating guidelines for Bradenton Riverwalk.  (part time staff position)

•  VSA Florida, Tampa FL. Developed pilot cultural tourism program for disabled visitors to Florida.  Managed design and development of accessible website and marketing plan.

•  Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg Council. Designed pilot program SWAP – for exchange of resources and services among local nonprofits.  Included design of WIKI site; facilitated “SWAP Meets” of up to 100 attendees.

•  All Childrens Hospital Foundation. Managed commission and purchase of original art for a new hospital facility. ($350,000)


Manager, Cultural Affairs and International Relations

St. Petersburg, FL   2000 – 2009

Established St. Petersburg’s first Office of Cultural Affairs.  As city arts leader  oversaw cultural planning; helped create the City’s long range vision plan, and provided leadership and vision to propel the arts to the forefront of the city’s revitalization.   Successfully teamed with city departments to incorporate arts into initiatives in zoning, transportation, marketing, city development and capital projects. Nurtured collaborations and partnerships resulting in the creation of new programs that increased public access to the arts. Represented and advocated for the arts to the development and corporate communities.  Results include:


•  Cultural Tourism marketing partnership among museums and county tourism agency. Results, multi-year regional campaign in print, electronic, radio valued at over $250,000.

•  Developed St. Petersburg On Exhibit and On Stage branding program to identify St. Petersburg as a cultural destination in multiple print, radio, electronic outlets.

•  Initiated partnership with the St. Petersburg Times to produce over 24 issues of a co-op advertising insert on art events

•  Instituted Free Museum Day as collaborative audience development program with seven museums and cultural venues.

•  Introduced strategic planning process to public art program, city arts grants and community cultural plan revision.

•  Directed City Arts Grants program which distributed over $2 million over nine years.

•  Drafted arts-friendly sections of Zoning Code in collaboration with Zoning Official.

•  Worked with Transportation Department to incorporate public art into Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan and Bus-Rapid Transit Plan.

•  Partnered with VSA Florida to improve disability accessibility of arts venues

•  Expanded scope of public art program to include national artists, strategic planning and   evaluation. Completed twelve commissions with total budget of $655,000.

•  Directed International Relations including Sister City program.


Assistant Director, Sarasota County Arts Council

Sarasota, Fl    1991-2000

Worked with nonprofit and for-profit cultural organizations, human services, business and education  sectors.   Responsibilities focused on arts education, advocacy, annual arts festival and services to artists. Accomplishments include:

•  Engaged stakeholders in cultural planning process

•  Led successful arts education community coalition to restor arts teachers to public schools and  was one of founders of nationally recognized Community/Schools Partnership for the Arts with the Sarasota School Board.

•  Created and directed artists-in-schools residency program that served over 1000 student annually with 20+ teaching artists.  Trained and supervised artists. Produced arts-infusion workshops for classroom teachers.

•  Successful fund raising and grant writing

•  Directed annual arts festival with ten stages, 250 volunteers and audience of over 10,000

•  Established collaboration with public library to create alternative gallery for local artists


Additional professional experience   Chicago, Il   1972-1990

•  Chicago Children’s Museum – workshop leader, traveling exhibits facilitator

•  Urban Gateways – teaching artist in schools, teacher trainer, curriculum writer

•  Chicago Board of Education – teacher, arts curriculum writer


PUBLICATIONS (partial list)


•  Americans for the Arts Animating Democracy Blog Salon  (2013)

•  The Patterson Foundation (2013)



•  Art That Tells Stories: Public Art at Sarasota National Cemetery 2013 The Patterson Foundation ( book in production)

•  Urban, Fresh A Cultural Guide to St. Petersburg  2008  City of St. Petersburg, design by Robinson Brandbuilders

•  Arts Education Advocacy, 1999 National Association of Local Arts Agencies; Americans for the Arts Monograph



•  Public Art:  How To? Should You? What If? A Workshop for Artists.  City of Tampa.  Tampa 2013

•   Why Sculpture Matters. Sarasota Season of Sculpture Symposium. Sarasota, 2013

•   Tourist Development Tax and Museums.  Florida Assoc of Museums Conference.  2012

•  Cultural Tourism Accessible Website. Leadership Exchange In Arts and Disability, The Kennedy Center.  Louisville, 2011

•  Neighborhood Based Public Arts Projects – do’s, don’ts’ and how-to’s.  National Association of Neighborhoods , Hollywood, FL, 2004

•  The Role of the Arts in St. Petersburg’s Downtown Revitalization. Creative Cities Conference 2004

•   Arts and Disabilities – how to work together VSA Artsf Florida 2003

•  Building Coalitions for Arts Education.  ACE (Arts for Complete Education). Orlando  1997

•  Grants  Panelist: Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (3x)  Hillsborough County, Pinellas County.



•   Slow Food, St. Petersburg chapter.  2012

•   SWAP  - nonprofits share resources and services.  Community Foundation of Tampa Bay St. Petersburg Council, 2010

•   Community Cultural Plan Update   City of St. Petersburg 2009

•   International Relations Community Forum,  St. Petersburg 2006

•   Legislative Advocacy Training - techniques for communicating , St Petersburg  2004

•   Florida Association of Public Art Administrators, Annual Conference 2003

•   Public Arts Commission Strategic Planning Retreats, St. Petersburg 2001, 2003, Bradenton 2009

•   Arts and City Development for Vision 2020 City charette visioning process. St. Petersburg, 2002

•   Linking the Arts and Social Services  St. Petersburg 2002,  Sarasota, 1998

•   Community Leadership Training: Leadership St. Pete, Leadership Pinellas, Leadership Tampa Bay,



MBA, University of South Florida, Tampa

Post Graduate Work, Columbia College, Chicago, IL.  Arts & Entertainment Management

Syracuse University and University Wisconsin-Milwaukee – B.A.