Bay Arts Alliance’s Jayson Kretzer Receives 2022 Statewide FAEA Award

PANAMA CITY — Bay Arts Alliance Executive Director Jayson Kretzer’s involvement in Bay County’s arts and education community is not going unnoticed across the state.

The Florida Art Education Association recently named Kretzer the winner of its statewide community/institution/corporate service award.

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Kretzer has been recognized for his contribution to promoting the arts and education as a vital community aspect. He received his nomination from the Bay County Art Teacher Association, which partners with the Bay Arts Alliance to present the Best of Bay County School and Paul Brent Endangered Species art exhibits annually at the Center for the Arts.

Overall, Bay Arts officials work with businesses and individuals to spread the arts and education aspect within the community.

Jayson Kretzer joined the Bay Arts Alliance in 2016, serving as a board member, president and interim director before being elected executive director in October 2019.

“Besides our art exhibits and classes held at the Arts Center, there are many more projects that (Bay Arts) does community-wide,” Kretzer said. “We generally bring educational elements to our local programs and events, as our goal is to promote the arts as essential within the community.”

Kretzer joined Bay Arts in 2016, serving as a board member, president and interim director before being elected executive director in October 2019. Starting his role a year after Hurricane Michael, Kretzer had to make facing difficult times to revive the arts scene in Bay County.

Despite this, he said the outpouring of support from the community was what brought the art scene to where it is today.

Jayson Kretzer, right, paints on his part of downtown

“Of course, I’m very honored to receive this award, but it’s really for all the people who have supported (Bay Arts) along the way,” Kretzer said. “I share this award with my community because it takes a village for a community to recover from such a difficult time, and there is no way we could have come this far without the help of everyone. the world.”

While celebrating the honor, Kretzer said Bay Arts’ future plan is to continue to grow the arts education scene in the community.

“We plan to continue to build these relationships because the way we grow and improve is through collaborations and the community working together for a common goal,” he said. “And for me, that goal is to improve the quality of life in our community.”

FAEA is a membership association dedicated to providing visual arts educators in Florida with the knowledge, skills, and support necessary to ensure that students receive the highest quality education. The awards recognize individuals who have achieved the highest level of professionalism in arts education and show appreciation for individuals or organizations who have contributed their services to the association and shared professional goals.

“It is a pleasure to share in the celebration of those who have achieved the highest level of professionalism in arts education,” said FAEA President Nancy Puri. “We (FAEA) appreciate and embrace these individuals and organizations for their dedication and commitment to arts education in Florida.”

The FAEA will honor this year’s winners at an awards breakfast during its 70th annual professional development conference on October 15 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando. Keynote speakers will be Davis Publications artist and author Marilyn G. Stewart and fiber and mixed media artist Amy Gross.

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