The new Board of Directors are (back row) Dina DiPilato, Vicki Knauff, Jeff Knauff, (front row) Kate Hamilton and Sandy Council.

The SouthShore Arts Council (SAC) was established in 2004 with a mission to promote and nurture the practice of the arts in Southern Hillsborough County. The SAC does this by supporting, encouraging and promoting activities in the visual arts, music, theatre, dance, film and literature in the region.

In March, the new board of directors of the SAC were introduced at a general meeting held at the Big Draw Studio in Ruskin. Members of the board include Dina DiPilato, president; Jeff Knauff, vice president; Vicki Knauff, secretary/treasurer; Kate Hamilton and Sandy Council.

Dina DiPilato is an actor and owner of a theatre company. For her tenure as president, DiPilato said, “We have reaffirmed our mission statement to our members and let them know that we will have many new and exciting events including workshops and gallery galas. We are committed to extending our community outreach to increase our membership and provide support to individual artists, performers and musicians.”

The SAC is committed to recruiting new members and one way of doing this is by eliminating membership dues. Jeff Knauff said, “We will be recruiting new members and are especially looking for active members who are interested in participating in events and activities such as workshops, discussion groups, concerts and exhibits.”

The SAC holds general membership meetings at different times throughout the year. They are typically held at the Big Draw Studio in Ruskin, but in an effort to bring in all of the SouthShore community, meetings will be held throughout the area.

The SAC’s main events include a juried art show for high school students held at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin in January and the Big Draw held each October.

For more information on the SouthShore Arts Council, please visit

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