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Ms. Hope McMath

Duval county | 1/26/2018 - 12/31/2018

Appointed by: Governor Rick Scott.

Hope McMath is a cultural leader, educator, artist, and activist whose knowledge of, and passion for, the arts is matched by a strong commitment to social justice and effecting positive change in organizations and community. She is dedicated to connecting the arts to community needs including education, accessibility, the environment, wellness, and inclusion and diversity.

A Florida native, Hope receive her BFA in Visual Art and Art History and her MAT from Jacksonville University. Hope served at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for 22 years, the last eight as its Executive Director. During her time at the Cummer Museum, from her early years as a Museum Educator through her tenure as Director, Hope implemented art programs, education outreach, and facility expansions that brought increased relevance to the Museum. Her commitment to using the arts to lift up conversations around education, race, equity, and universal human rights has been most recently recognized with the 2016 One Jax Humanitarian Award, and a 2016 Cultural Icon Award from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, The Frances Kinne Alumni of Distinction Community Service Award in 2017, and the Educator of the Year Award from the Atlantic Institute.

Currently, Hope is independently curating exhibitions, guest lecturing and teaching, organizing humanities-based programs throughout Jacksonville, and consulting for organizations in arts education, program planning, curatorial practice, and non-profit management.

Hope is alum of the Getty Leadership Institue and the Chief Executive Program of National Arts Strategies. She also gives her time to a variety of organizations and causes including the State of Florida Council on Arts and Culture, TEDx Jacksonville, We Are Straight Allies, the Mayo Clinic Humanities in Medicine Program, and several social justice organizations. Whether through her work as a cultural leader, an artist, or a community leader she consistently deploys the visual and performing arts to amplify the experiences of others and mobilize community around human rights.