Thursday, Dec.15, 2016, TBAE will partner with the Tampa Bay Business for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA) to broadcast the award videos made in honor of the 2016 IMPACT Award recipients.

TBBCA is a non-profit founded in 1989, for over 26 years TBBCA has “united businesses to champion arts and culture for a prosperous community” based on the philosophy that “the arts are good for business, and business is good for the arts.” TBBCA programs and events promote and advance engagement, appreciation and support of arts and cultural organizations, individual artists and arts education, throughout the year across the greater Tampa Bay area.

table tbbca articleThe IMPACT awards honor Tampa Bay businesses and individuals for their exemplary support of arts and culture. This year’s Honorees are internationally renowned artist Janet Echelman; Mark T. Mahaffey, Chairman of the Board at The Mahaffey Company; Smith & Associates and the company’s President and CEO Robert “Bob” Glaser; and Dr. Kent Lydecker, former Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.

Honoree Janet Echelman is a Tampa native and an internationally award-winning artist who creates monumental aerial sculptures that transform with wind and light. Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create artworks that have become focal points in over 37 cities on four continents. Echelman has received numerous honors, including a Rotary Scholarship, Guggenheim Fellowship, the Harvard University Loeb Fellowship, a Fulbright Lectureship, Aspen Institute Crown Fellowship, and the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Award recognizing her as one of “the greatest innovators in America today.” Echelman’s 2011 TED talk “Taking Imagination Seriously” has more than 1.5 million views and has been translated into 34 languages.

TBBCA honored Mark T. Mahaffey with the Patron of Culture & the Arts Impact Award. In the 1980s, Mark and his wife Marianne Mahaffey, and his parents, Tom and Jane Mahaffey, donated $1 million toward the renovation of what was then known as the Bayfront Center entertainment complex, renamed for his family the Mahaffey Theater. Mark and Marianne Mahaffey are known for their philanthropy and passion for arts and culture. Mahaffey is the chairman of the board at The Mahaffey Company, a family business that develops, builds, owns and manages rental apartment communities in Central and west-central Florida.

This year TBBCA recognized Smith & Associates Real Estate with the Business Impact Award. The company’s President and CEO Robert “Bob” Glaser has created a corporate culture amongst his over 225 agents, so that with success in turn Smith & Associates generously gives back to the community. Glaser participates in over 50 organizations throughout Tampa Bay, including on numerous fundraising and non-profit boards. His long history of service and deep commitment to artists, and arts and cultural organizations, includes as Chair of the Morean Arts Center/Chihuly Collection, and on the boards of the Tampa Theatre, Florida Aquarium, Palladium Theatre and the Blue Ocean Film Festival, among others.

The Individual Impact Award was presented to Dr. Kent Lydecker. He served as Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, from 2010 to 2016. While at the MFA, Lydecker addressed the complex operational requirements of the MFA’s programs, building, and activities. He brought important exhibitions to Tampa Bay, established and expanded connections with key constituencies, encouraged robust public programs, especially services for families and schools, and grew the MFA’s extraordinary collection, now standing at some 20,000 works of art in all media from across the globe and all of history.