Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network is proud to share the Tampa Bay Businesses for Cutlure and the Arts 2017 Impact Award honorees.
Premieres November 22nd
9 AM, 2 PM and 9 PM
Peter Zinober - Individual Impact Award
Peter Zinober is Shareholder, and Board Certified Labor and Employment Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, a law firm of approximately 2000 lawyers in 38 locations around the globe.
Peter’s early law career began as attorney with the United States Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., where he still made time for the arts, subscribing to the masterworks concert series of the National Symphony Orchestra. He returned to Tampa with the NLRB in early 1972. He soon engaged in the community, joining the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and the Cultural Affairs Council, which he chaired for two years.
TBBCA is honoring Zinober for his exemplary leadership in support of Tampa Bay arts & cultural organizations for over four decades. He served several terms on the City of Tampa Mayor’s Public Art Committee, chaired a joint City/County Task Force on the Future of the Arts in Hillsborough County, and was appointed by the County Commission as a member of the Hillsborough County Arts Council, which he went on to Chair, as well as serving as the Arts Council designated board member for The Straz Center for the Performing Arts. He was the driving force behind the creation and execution of the first Tampa Bay Regional Arts Summit in 2013. Peter was also on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Players Theater, honorary board member of Stageworks Theatre, and board member and Treasurer of the Florida Cultural Action and Education Alliance. Peter has served as longtime TBBCA member, officer, Board Director and Past President. As TBBCA Board Director he is currently spearheading a number of new TBBCA initiatives and programs. Peter Zinober and Greenberg Traurig are TBBCA Chair’s Circle pARTners and strong supporters of arts and culture.
Michael Francis- International Artistic Achievement Impact Award
Michael Francis is an internationally recognized conductor. With a contract recently extended to 2021, Francis is entering his third season as music director of The Florida Orchestra, recognized as Tampa Bay’s leading performing arts institution, the largest professional symphony orchestra in Florida, and one of the most vibrant and innovative orchestras in America. The Florida Orchestra still is the only performing arts organization that unites the bay area, with over 130 performances annually in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Under Francis’ direction, The Florida Orchestra has increased engagement with the Tampa Bay community and throughout the State of Florida, including bringing The Florida Orchestra to malls and hospitals, engaging with youth, schools and universities, offering free programming, and performing in communities without access to a resident orchestra – all while vigorously carrying out the vision “to make the arts central to a higher quality of life and to truly inspire, entertain, and educate a wide and diverse audience.”
Ruby C Williams - Lifetime Artistic Achievement Impact Award
Ruby C. Williams is a nationally recognized self-taught folk artist. She was born and raised during the Depression, in the historic African American town of Bealsville, Florida, founded in 1865 by freed slaves, including Williams’ great-grandmother. After moving to New Jersey in the 1960s, she drove a bus, became a minister, and founded a church. In 1967, she was working as an evangelical minister with the Community Baptist Church of Love and its founder Frederick LaGarde, Sr. — a civil rights leader and friend to Martin Luther King, Jr. — in New Jersey when her husband, also a minister, left her and their children. Ms.Williams then began a secret habit: making paintings which she kept quiet while continuing to minister to at-risk youth.
Williams has said: “My life is to look up and reach up and take somebody with me no matter what, make someone else happy. I think that’s what the art does.” Ruby Williams’ work is found in collections throughout the U.S., and internationally. Her artwork has been featured in books and exhibitions, including the Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, and the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore. Ms. Williams has also illustrated a children’s book, I Am Ruby.
Neil and Gianna Gobioff ‘The Gobioff Foundation” - Patrons of Culture & The Arts Impact Award
Neil Gobioff and Gianna Rendina-Gobioff lead The Gobioff Foundation, a private family foundation established by Neil’s brother Howard Gobioff, in 2007, only months before his sudden death from lymphoma in March, 2008. The Gobioff Foundation carries out the intention of its founder, “to make the world a better place,” through grants, programs and initiatives. The Foundation’s arts grants in the Tampa Bay area have focused on small organizations or specific programs within larger organizations.
Gobioff Foundation believes in the diverse artistic talent that resides within the Tampa area and strives to bring it to the public spotlight, as well as creating artistic opportunities that encourage artists to proudly call Tampa home.