Cultural Assets Commission

The purpose of this Commission is to provide guidance in the administration of the Cultural Assets Program, to serve as a vetting body to consider merits of proposals, to provide recommendations as to periodic funding and grant awards consistent with solicitation processes, and to provide further advice regarding enhancements to the Program to meet the primary objectives set forth by the Board of County Commissioners. Members of this Commission serve as the Grant Reviewers for the Special Events Partnership Grant which has two funding cycles each fiscal year.

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The Cultural Assets Program is designed to strengthen and promote cultural assets throughout Hillsborough County that encourage placemaking and community-building outcomes aligned with the County’s economic and community prosperity goals by:

  • Communicating the authentic County story
  • Supporting the activation of public spaces
  • Enriching the lives of residents
  • Achieving greater patron spending
  • Maximizing visitation to our market

A cultural asset, for the purposes of this program, is defined as a contributing element of the County’s uniqueness, personality and character, which falls under one or more of the following categories:

  • Fine Arts
  • Historic
  • Natural and/or Recreational
  • Lifestyle, Culinary, and/or Creative Industries

A quality community celebrating its unique culture and seeking to celebrate its diverse personality is widely recognized as an integral part of an overarching economic development strategy, attracting talented workforce, business capital, and of course growing job opportunities.


The membership of this Commission shall be appointed by the BOCC and shall be comprised of 11 members. Composition is specified as follows:

  • County Commissioner, designated by the BOCC Chair;
  • Mayor of the City of Tampa, or designee;
  • Mayor of the City of Temple Terrace, or designee;
  • Mayor of the City of Plant City, or designee;
  • 3 representatives of a community-based philanthropic organization and/or private foundation
  • 4 representatives possessing one or more of the following skill sets:
    • cultural-based organizations and program delivery, event production, corporate giving, natural and recreational assets, fine arts, local history, creative industries, culinary assets, place-making, tourism, marketing, and economic development.


Members shall serve three year terms. Three consecutive unexcused absences from Commission meetings shall constitute a cause for a member to be removed from the Commission, which removal shall be approved by a majority vote of the remaining Commission members.


Ordinance 18-12, adopted March 21, 2018, by the BOCC.

Meeting Time and Place:

First Friday, 9:30 am, Quarterly - December, March, June, September


Martine Collier
Division Director
Arts Council
601 E. Kennedy Blvd. 20th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 571-6991


Elected Officials or Designee
Member Position Dates of Service
Commissioner Ken Hagan
Hillsborough County Commissioner   
Ms. Mercedes Perez City of Plant City Mayor or designee 07/19/2022 
Mr. Ian Whitney
City of Tampa Mayor or designee  06/16/2021 -
Council Member Alison Fernandez
City of Temple Terrace Mayor or designee   


Community-based Philanthropic Organization and /or Private Foundation
Member Position Dates of Service
Ms. Patricia Douglas, Patricia Douglas Consulting 
  05/18/2022 -
Ms. Elizabeth Frazier, Lightning Foundation Vice Chair 05/15/2019 -
Ms. Christina Pepin, Pepin Family Foundation

05/18/2022 -


Cultural-Based Organizations and Program Delivery, Event Production, Corporate Giving, Natural and Recreational Assets, Fine Arts, Local History, Creative Industries, Culinary Assets, Place-Making, Tourism, Marketing, and Economic Development
Member Position Dates of Service
Mr. Jason Carroll
05/15/2019 -
Mr. Santiago Corrada
05/15/2019 -
Ms. Natalie King

05/15/2019 -
Mr. Michael Tomor    05/18/2022 -