Flagler faculty included in ROWITA awardees
Feb 24, 2020
On Feb. 3 the St. Johns Cultural Council announced its 2020 slate of influential women in the arts which includes two members of Flagler College’s faculty – Dr. Leslee F. Keys and Leslie Robison. All awardees will be recognized in a public ceremony on March 22 at the Limelight Theatre.
Assistant Professor of Humanities Leslee Keys serves as the director of the college’s historic preservation initiatives. Keys is the author of several books on Flagler College and the former Hotel Ponce de Leon including Hotel Ponce de Leon: The Architecture and Decoration; Hotel Ponce de Leon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Flagler’s Gilded Age Palace; and Flagler College: The First Fifty Years. Through her various roles within local preservation-focused community organizations, she’s donated hundreds of hours and helped garner close to $20 million in grant funding.
Communications Manager for the City of St. Augustine Melissa Wissel, who nominated Keys, said in her nomination, “She provides historical background to the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau and the St. Johns Cultural Council, enabling richer interpretation and effective promotion of our arts, culture and heritage resources.”
Keys said, “I am glad to have had opportunities to help ensure that the arts, culture and heritage of this region is preserved and showcased.”
In addition to teaching, Kenan Distinguished Associate Professor of Liberal Education in Art Leslie Robison is serving this year as co-director of the college’s committee for a new program called FlagSHIP (Flagler Sophomore High Impact Practice). The FlagSHIP program is a transformative educational experience that puts learning and interacting across communities of difference at its core. The program focuses on developing an inclusive academic community and building confidence in students’ abilities to participate in a diverse democracy. Robison’s passion is connecting her students to art by first connecting them to others. She encourages practicing art in various mediums combined with a local community impact. Her personal and student collaboration projects have partnered with organizations including the Council on Aging, St. Augustine Youth Services, Wags and Whiskers, St. Francis House and St. Johns Youth Academy.
Executive Director and Founder of Compassionate St. Augustine Caren Goldman nominated Robison.
“I am, of course, very honored by this recognition and thrilled that the committee sees what I do as important to our community,” said Robison. “I am part of a contingent of faculty here at Flagler College who regularly work with under-recognized members of our community. I feel a need to share this recognition with all of my collaborators, including my talented students and a group of creative young men detained at St. Johns Youth Academy.”
Dr. Leslee Keys