Katharine Dickenson has been a community volunteer since 1973 with an emphasis on Historic Preservation and the Arts. She served on and chaired such boards as the Boca Raton Historical Society, the Palm Beach County Historic Preservation Board and the Boca Raton Junior League in early years. She went on to Chair the Florida Historic Preservation Commission in 1988. Since joining Florida's Council on Arts and Culture, she has served as its chair for three terms. Dickenson is the only Floridian to have chaired both the Historical Commission and the Council on Arts and Culture.
Nationally, Dickenson has served on the Boards of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Edith Wharton Home in Lenox, MA, the Robert Todd Lincoln home in Vermont and the Manchester, VT Music Festival as well as The Dorset, VT Theater Festival. Serving as Vice-Chair of the Federal Commission to celebrate St. Augustine's 450th, Dickenson has been involved with the Mayor and Commission of St Augustine and the Department of the Interior who appointed her in 2010 to promote St. Augustine worldwide. She has been instrumental in the development of the Division of Cultural Affairs’ strategic plans during her tenure on the Council.
Katharine Dickenson resides in Vero Beach with her husband David, an attorney. Of arts and culture, she says they “create soul-changing experiences that unite us as a people, a culture and as a social organism– giving us laughter, tears and pure enjoyment for a full life. In Florida, The Division of Cultural Affairs and The Council on Arts and Culture strive to do this every day, every way for everyone.”