Wayne Atherholt to serve as St. Pete’s Director of Cultural Affairs

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman named Wayne Atherholt to serve as the city’s Director of Cultural Affairs.

Atherholt currently serves as the Executive Director of the Morean Arts Center, where he oversees the operations of four arts facilities, including the Chihuly Collection, the Morean Arts Center, the Morean Center for Clay and the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop.

“Wayne Atherholt was a leader in turning St. Petersburg into a ‘City of the Arts’. He knows where we have been and where we are going and I am confident he will serve us well as our Director of Cultural Affairs,” said Kriseman.

Atherholt will assume the position following the departure of Elizabeth Brincklow, and will begin his service on Monday, December 1. As a reflection of the Kriseman Administration’s commitment to the arts, the office of Cultural Affairs will be moving into the Office of the Mayor at that time.

“I’m more than excited to be joining the incredible team at the City of St. Petersburg,” said Mr. Atherholt. “We’ve come such a long way as a city and the arts have been integral to the renaissance of St. Petersburg as a community and as a tourism destination.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.