Mission Statement

Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts supports performing arts programming at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater. We provide arts education programs for youth, community outreach programs, and performances as well as concerts for the entire community. The Foundation and Theater staff work together to deliver unrivaled cultural arts experiences to our patrons.

We rely heavily on public support, through Memberships, Corporate Partnerships, Naming Rights and General Donations to achieve our mission. The Edwards Foundation and Mahaffey Theater work collaboratively with The City of St. Petersburg and all of our cultural neighbors in an effort to bring awareness to the importance of the arts and to position St. Petersburg on the world stage.

Board of Directors

Bill Edwards, Founder & CEO

Rob Kapusta, Chairman

Bob Churuti

Mike Garavaglia, Treasurer

Deb Morgan, Secretary

Mark Mahaffey

Terry McCarthy

Carole Merritt

Foundation Staff

Amy Harriett Miller, President
amiller@billedwardsfoundationforthearts.org or 727-308-5100

Tara Schulman, Education and Outreach Coordinator
tschulman@billedwardsfoundationforthearts.org or 727-308-5100

Lori Belvedere, Membership Manager
lbelvedere@billedwardsfoundationforthearts.org or 727-892-5716

History of the Foundation

Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts was founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2011, and is dedicated providing arts education programs, community outreach, and performances as well as concerts for the entire community with emphasis on diverse programming for youth, undeserved audiences, and families.