Margo Bindhardt, former Florida Arts Council chair and member, passes away
May 20, 2009
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Ms. Margo Bindhardt, who dedicated her life to promotion of and access to the arts, passed away May 20, 2009. Margo was appointed for three terms to the Florida Arts Council by the Secretary of State and Speaker of the House of Representatives, 2000 – 2004, 2005 – 2007, and 2008 - 2009. Ms. Bindhardt rose to the office of chairman, and also served as vice chairman and secretary. She was the founding chairman of Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc., an organization that supports the work of the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Margo was known for her thoughtful advice, strategic suggestions, insight, and kindness as a member of both groups.
Ms. Bindhardt was known for her tireless work in the arts on local, statewide, national, and international levels. In the Tallahassee, Florida and Thomasville, Georgia areas, she served as the chairman of the inaugural steering committee for the Florida State University Seven Days of Opening Nights Arts Festival, was the co-founder and former chairman of the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival, and was a trustee of the Pebble Hill foundation. She was an active member of numerous boards of directors, including the Florida State University Foundation, Tallahassee/Leon County Council on Culture and Art, Thomasville Cultural Center, Thomasville Entertainment Foundation, and Georgia Florida Field Trial Club. She was affiliated with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Resource Development Committee, the Metropolitan Opera Association, and numerous arts organizations in Toronto, Ontario.
Margo will be remembered for her hard work, sense of humor, and dedication to the accessibility of the arts.