Remember that mention last week of being ready to grow again after a rocky, rocky year? That’s meant bringing in a bit of contract help to get The Leone Company’s website updated and social media channels moving. (Shameless plug: if you haven’t already, follow us on Twitter @TheLeoneCo or “Like Us” on Facebook at facebook.com/TheLeoneCompany.) With hundreds of new fans and followers, we’re rocking and rolling as we strive to bring you great content.
But two of the things I’m most excited about go hand-in-hand: my current involvement with United Arts of Central Florida and next weekend’s sold-out Central Florida Blogger’s Conference. (Remember last year’s post about the 8 Things I Learned From Growing Bolder’s Marc Middleton? It’s that time of year again. Let me know if you’re attending!)
Let me explain: I’ve been asked to sit on a grant review panel for the United Arts of Central Florida’s Organizational Project Grants this year, and have happily accepted.
More information about United Arts of Central Florida, pulled from their website:
United Arts of Central Florida is a dynamic collaboration of businesses, governments and school districts, foundations, arts and cultural organizations, artists, and individuals. This partnership works to enhance the quality and variety of cultural experiences available throughout Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Since its inception in 1989, United Arts has invested more than $121 million in local cultural organizations and arts education. United Arts envisions a diverse, well-attended, fiscally sound arts and cultural community that serves residents and visitors of the Central Florida region.
Granting means fabulous local arts organizations apply for funding for their individual projects, not year-long programs, and I, along with a panel of my peers, review those applications. In my previous life, I’d spent countless hours working with my team to construct the grant applications for submission, and it feels fantastic to be on the other side, being able to help those organizations who deserve funding to present their hard work to the community. As someone who still works with non-profits and small businesses, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit the geek in me is stoked.
Of course, this means my weekend will be spent buried in the process, but, I’m honored to have been invited and excited to see the great work on this year’s horizon.
Because next weekend, it’s off to proudly fly my geek flag at the conference!
Tell me: what community involvement do YOU feel honored to participate in? How did you become involved?