A. This is a program that benefits everyone and has really worked well to improve employee morale. It is a program for the “employees” as opposed to other programs which benefit the public. This is about the employees showing their ‘hidden’ talents. Every year, I am more and more inspired and awe-struck by the talent of our employees. Working with the NAP has been a phenomenal experience.
A. It is important for employee morale. The citizens walking through the court house are impressed to learn that it is the employees who wait on them whose art works are on display. They always comment – “we thought it was an art gallery installed here at the court house”. It is important for the employees to have this outlet and to know that the Appointing Authorities support this program.
A. They can’t wait for the next year. One year, we had so many art pieces that we were unable to display them all.
A. It is good for morale and good for the citizens to come to the court house and view ‘beauty’ while waiting to pay a traffic fine, or to go into the court room for a child custody or divorce hearing. It has a tendency to lighten and brighten the mood of everyone who walks through our doors.
A. The entire process. It is the best part of my job and sadly I’m retiring this year and will not coordinate the 7th annual Colors of Pinellas but I will return as a volunteer.
A. Visitors love the display and many have purchased some of the artwork. Each year we have successful sales of art work.
A. We had used our own version of the on-line registration after the first year of participation and loved how the process worked. We’ve successfully steered the participants to this method of registration and it has worked well. It is great for me to track the entries, respond to the registrant and we’ve successfully streamlined the process eliminating about 4-5 days out of the process.
A. Art always makes me smile. Although the show is a lot of ‘background’ work, I love it and can’t wait to see each entry on the day of installation.
A. I am so grateful that my position in the department (Employee Communications) allowed me to become involved in this process. I am not an artist but do like to take photographs and entered a piece myself this year. I have been exposed to painting – as my grandmother, aunt and my two sisters are painters. I love seeing how they make a canvas come to life. It is an admirable talent. I can make roses bloom and take a photo or two. So this whole experience is most gratifying for me and I love helping the artists display their ‘hidden’ talents.
Q. Is there anything else you want to add? Comments about the program, etc.
A. I am grateful to the staff at the NAP who have made my job so much easier. They are professional, helpful and make the process enjoyable. Without the NAP, we would not have The Colors of Pinellas. Thank you.