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Margaret (Margo) Humphries Bindhardt

Margo BindhardtFirst appointed in 2000, Margo Bindhardt served six years on the 15 member Florida Arts Council. During her tenure, she served as chair and vice chair of the council. Bindhardt’s service on the Arts Council made her a favorite among Division of Cultural Affairs staff and constituents because of her willingness to roll up her sleeves and meet any challenge. She was known for the gracious dinners she hosted for visiting Council members and Division staff.

After serving on the Council, she became the founding chair of Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc., the Division’s citizen support organization. Bindhardt was instrumental in the creation of this new organization’s bylaws and attracted influential arts patrons and fundraisers to serve on the board.

While a resident of Miccosukee, Florida she led the Thomasville Cultural Center and the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation, founded the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival and co-founded Florida State University’s annual arts festival Seven Days of Opening Nights. She was also an advocate for local projects such as the development of Tallahassee's arts corridor Arts on Gaines and contributed to a new facility for the Mickee Faust Club, a local performing group whose mission is access.

Beyond Florida, Bindhardt was active on both national and international stages, leading organizations such as the Great Lakes Region of the Metropolitan Opera of New York, the Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto Arts Council and Arts Gallery of Ontario.