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In January 2012, Andrew Witt was named Executive Director of St. Johns Cultural Council. Established in July of 2000, The St. Johns Cultural Council is a 501-C3 nonprofit organization with a mission of promoting St. Johns County as a premiere arts destination where the lives of both residents and visitors are enriched through arts and culture.
Andy had been Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties - the Local Arts Agency serving the metropolitan Columbia area since 2004.
Prior to coming to Columbia, Witt served for 16 years as the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Northwest Florida, a Local Arts Agency serving as a "chamber of commerce and united arts fund" for cultural groups in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties and other counties in the Central Time Zone.
He is a past President of the Florida Association of Local Arts Agencies (FALAA), was on the Board of the Florida Cultural Alliance, and a Past President of the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club. He served on the Florida Arts Council/Division of Cultural Affairs Strategic Planning Task Force. He has also served as a grant panelist for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and Division of Historic Resources, the Kentucky Arts Council, and several Local Arts Agencies in Florida.
Prior to his work in Florida, Mr. Witt served as the Executive Director of the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Colorado, Managing Director of the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, and as the Managing Director of the Fifth Avenue Theatre and A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, and the Tacoma Actors Guild.
He has served as a consultant to a variety of arts groups including the Advancement Program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Foundation for the Extension and Development of the American Professional Theatre, the Western States Arts Foundation, and many local arts councils and non-profit cultural organizations.
He was a co-founder of the Washington State Arts Alliance, and the Arts Advocates of Washington State.
In Colorado, he served as Chairman of the Colorado Citizens for the Arts during the establishment of the Metro-Denver Cultural Facilities Tax District.
In South Carolina, he currently is a member of the Board of EngenuitySC, the South Carolina Arts Alliance, the South Carolina Association of Non-profit Organizations and the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown Connecticut, and has a Master's Degree from the School of Drama at the University of Washington in Seattle.