2016 FAAE Leadership Award Recipients

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The Florida Alliance for Arts Education recognizes leaders who work in various capacities to ensure that arts education is available in all Florida schools and communities and that arts education is of the highest quality.  Leadership in the areas of education, administration, and community are recognized.

Arts Educational Professional

Joshua Vickery
Founder and Executive Director
Central Florida Community Arts

Joshua Vickery is a vocalist, actor, teacher, producer, musical director, arts administrator and conductor.  Joshua’s love of music and the arts has allowed him to have an incredible career thus far.  He earned his Associate of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance at Indian River Community College, receiving the honor of Outstanding Fine Arts Graduate. He then earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Education/Music at Palm Beach Atlantic University where he performed with three of the universities elite vocal groups and served in various leadership roles. 

Joshua grew up with a passion for music ministry.  While studying music in college, he served as Associate Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach for two years where he directed the church’s vocal praise teams, led music services and assisting in directing the church’s Singing Christmas Tree production, which was viewed by thousands of patrons in Palm Beach televised. 

In 2003 he became the Worship Arts Pastor of Orlando Baptist Church and Fine Arts Director at Orlando Christian Prep, a K-12 Christian school where he taught voice, and vocal performance and developed and directed several school choirs. His journey then continued on to Aloma Church where Joshua combined his talents to lead a large church ministry with every aspect including choirs, orchestra, and youth programs. During his tenure in these churches, he founded and served as the Executive Producer of the Central Florida Christmas Celebration in which he coached youth and adult vocal performers, developed scripts, and managed hundreds of volunteers. 

 Joshua currently serves as Executive Director of Central Florida Community Arts, an organization which he founded in 2010. This organization consists of about 800 artists in multiple choirs, an adult and youth symphony orchestra, children/youth arts program and a School of Performing Arts. CFCArts strives to make the arts affordable and accessible, and uses the arts as a catalyst to create change in the community, while partnering with other charities to bring the arts at no cost.  

Joshua has been a featured soloist in countless venues, produced musical recordings, and been the director of numerous productions. Joshua has also served as an entertainment leader, casting director, and vocal coach for Walt Disney Entertainment and serves as a consultant for other arts organizations in its beginning stages.    Joshua has lived in Orlando since 2003 and has enjoyed serving on the board of several fine entities, and a member of FAACS School Administrators, Visit Orlando, Young Professional Network, Central Florida Leadership Forum, and Leadership Orlando.  

Josh Vickery was recognized during the FAMS Luncheon.

Business Leader



Orlando Health



Orlando Health’s commitment to the arts in our community is ever evolving and growing year by year. We are improving health outcomes through many mediums of art inside our hospital walls in addition to supporting many organizations throughout Central Florida that are dedicated to Arts & Culture to ensure that the health of our community’s art industry is thriving to enhance quality of life for everyone.

Our Arts in Medicine program at UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health allows patients to experience the stress reducing effects of art production and explore their creativity – often while working one-on-one with the resident artist to create something much greater than they ever expected. This program has impacted more than 2,500 patients and families who are seeking treatment for cancer within our hospital. They experience the mental and physical process of art production to help reduce the stressful reality of their cancer diagnosis.

At Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, we believe that every child should feel comforted and safe while receiving care. The Healing Arts Program provides pediatric patients the opportunity to discover and harness their creative energy to enhance their recovery process. This program provides a forum where young patients can express their unique fears, anxieties and thoughts through the creative use of expressive and cultural arts. These activities can result in the reduction of pain and anxiety, the fostering of group cohesion, the promotion of enhanced self-worth, and the development of new skills and interests in the cultural space. Art is used to lift spirits, educate children about their diagnosis, and assist children in processing information.

Orlando Health values being a part of the communities we serve. From employee volunteer efforts to partnership investments with nonprofits, we are deeply committed to leading, collaborating and advocating to measurably improve the health of our community even if that goes beyond our role as Orlando’s leading healthcare provider. We strive to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Central Florida and the neighborhoods surrounding Orlando Health and arts and culture is a large part of that fabric. Through partnerships with organizations like the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orlando Ballet, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando Museum of Art, and the Pine Hills Performing Arts Center, we are able to help create lasting programs and experiences that create a better community for us all to experiences. Through these partnerships we are able to make a lasting impact on our community while also bringing the art form inside the walls of our hospitals for patients to experience to offer a sense of comfort and enjoyment.

Orlando Health was recognized during the Leadership Awards Reception.


Community Volunteer

Cici Brown
Cici graduated from Westbrook College (now the University of New England) and was a buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC prior to her marriage to Hyatt in 1965. Active in civic and charitable organizations in the Volusia County area, Cici has worked with the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Daytona Beach continually since 1971 and served for three years as President of its Board of Trustees. She was a founding member of the Cultural Arts Council of Volusia County and served on that board for 12 years. She also served on the Florida Humanities Council Board for several years. She is a Sustaining member of the Junior League and a member of the Garden Club of the Halifax Country where she takes particular interest in Conservation and Scholarship. She has been a member of the Stetson University Board of Trustees since 1999. Before becoming a Trustee, she served the university as a member of the College of Arts & Sciences Board of Advisors, including a term as Chairman. Cici was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Stetson University in 2007.  FAAE will honor Cici at an event held at The Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art on June 24 at 5:30 PM.  The museum is more than a traditional art museum. It is a history museum, with the history of Florida told through works of art. Now open, the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art will give visitors the opportunity to see a collection of Florida themed oil and watercolor paintings that date back to the early 1800's.  The Brown collection consists of over 2,600 paintings of Florida and is the most extensive collection of Florida art in the world. The size and scope of the collection lends itself perfectly to illustrating the many stories that can be told about the geography and natural history of Florida. While artists or styles can be highlighted and discussed, visitors can also learn about Florida's weather or native wildlife through creative theming and interpretation. 

Cici Brown was recognized during the Leadership Awards Reception.
  Elected Official
Representative Keith Perry

Florida House District 2
Representative W. Keith Perry serves in the Florida Legislature representing Dixie, Gilchrist and part of Alachua counties.  He is the vice chairman of the House Education Committee and the sponsor of HB 1253 this past Florida Legislative Session which proposed the development of the Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program within the Florida Department of Education. The bill, unfortunately, did not pass the 2016 Florida Legislature; however, Representative Perry truly understands and believes strongly in the powerful effect and impact studying music and all the arts have on young peoples' learning and success in school and beyond.  He supports the arts in STEM to make it STEAM and speaks up among his legislative colleagues and within his community about the power of arts education.  We so appreciate his leadership and voice of support to advance learning opportunities in the arts for all Florida students.

Keith Perry was recognized during the FAMS Luncheon.
  Elected Official

Rob Hyatt

Alachua County School Board
Following a long and successful career as a Florida music educator, Rob Hyatt was elected to the Alachua Co. School Board in 2014. During his tenure on the school board, Rob has been a tireless champion for arts education in Alachua County as well as the State of Florida. Rob uses his career experiences as a music educator to help advocate for the arts, frequently connecting with local and state lawmakers. Rob is also frequently and prominently seen at Alachua Co. Schools arts events.

Rob Hyatt was recognized during the FAMS Luncheon.
   School Administrator

Brian Kier Principal
Davenport School of the Arts  

Brian’s dedication to the students at Davenport School of the Arts is exemplified by his passionate desire to provide excellence in arts education leadership. He consistently ensures that all of the students have access to high-quality art education in an inclusive and inviting environment.

Brian Kier was recognized during the FAMS Luncheon.


Lori White
Sarasota County Schools

FAAE recognizes that strong leadership from the top is necessary to develop and maintain strong arts education programs in a school district.  Superintendent White was selected for this prestigious award based upon her tireless efforts to maintain outstanding arts programs in the Sarasota schools as well as the strong relationships she has fostered with community arts organizations.  White has served as superintendent of Sarasota County schools since 2008 and is renowned across the district and state for her support of arts education.  She grew up in Sarasota and has spent her entire career as a teacher and administrator in the district.  She served as director of curriculum and instruction from 1995-2003 and was then associate superintendent of instructional services.  Despite budget shortfalls and recommendations from consultants to cut arts education positions, White staunchly supported the presence of the arts in all of Sarasota’s public schools. Due in large part to White’s support, Sarasota County was the nation’s sixth community chosen for the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child Initiative.  This initiative promotes access and equity in arts experiences for all students, K-8, through the school district, the local arts community, and the Kennedy Center.  In addition to Any Given Child, Superintendent White’s involvement in EdExplore was crucial to ensuring students experiential learning opportunities with and through the arts.”  EdExplore is an online platform that connects teachers to a plethora of local community arts, cultural, historical, and science field-based organizations that provide opportunities to enrich and extend the school curriculum.  Mrs. White is an eloquent speaker about the arts and their importance to a child’s whole education.  She is also proud to tell you about her days playing the violin at Pine View High School.  

Lori White was recognized during the Leadership Awards Reception.
Doris Leeper Award

Gary Langford
R. Gary Langford is Professor of Music Emeritus at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He came to the University in 1971 as Assistant Director of Bands and Professor of Trumpet. He received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., and the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas where he was a member and soloist with the famed One O’Clock (Jazz) Lab Band. He also was principal trumpet in the UNT Orchestra and performed extensively with the UNT Brass Quintet. His responsibilities at the University of Florida have included Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, teaching in the areas of Music History and Music Theory, and also served as the Assistant Director of the School of Music until his retirement in 2007. In 1996, having completed 25 years with the UF Marching Band, the “Pride of the Sunshine”, the last 10 as its director, he “retired” from that position to devote more time to administration and the jazz program. Mr. Langford is an accomplished arranger with over 400 arrangements for marching band tailored for the “Pride of the Sunshine” and the Swamp at Florida Field. His published compositions have appeared in the catalogues of Hansen Music, C. L. Barnhouse, Carl Fischer and Columbia Pictures.

Gary Langford was recognized during the Leadership Awards Reception.
 ACE of Hearts
Beth Cummings
Director of Fine Arts
Polk County Schools
Beth is the epitome of servant leadership. Her involvement in all level of arts administration – from state organizations to school-specific priorities – demonstrate her passion for what it means to advocate for Art for All!

Beth Cummings was recognized during the FAMS Luncheon.