Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Hyla Crane…Putting the Fun in Fundraising


Photo by Jodi Pree | Hyla Crane, Executive Director of the Marco Island Center for the Arts

Vivacious, captivating, vibrant, and enthusiastic are just a few words to describe Hyla Crane, Executive Director of the Marco Island Center for the Arts…but that’s only what is apparent outwardly. What many don’t realize is that beneath the surface is a serious, tenacious, hardworking woman with a deep concern that her non-profit work at the Center for the Arts continues to thrive.

“In 1969, a small group of artists formed what is now the Marco Island Center for the Arts. It was officially incorporated in April of 1970. As we approach the 50th anniversary in 2020, it’s important to reflect where we have been, what we are doing now, and most importantly, how do we make sure the Center for the Arts is here for the next 50 years and beyond. Today, we are stable financially, but now the hard work really comes in…getting us sustainable,” explained Crane.

In 2014, while the Center was experiencing some financial struggles, Hyla Crane began her role as Executive Director. Crane, a former attorney who specialized in real estate development and commercial litigation, has dedicated most of her professional career working in the non-profit arena. Prior to taking on her role at the Center for the Arts, Hyla was the Director of Education for Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Hyla’s educational background includes a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and a law degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

In her brief tenure at the Center for the Arts, the larger-than-life personality has gotten the Center on good footing by continuing to broaden and build the stakeholder base while delicately balancing creativity and innovation yet being fiscally conservative.

“It was important to become recognized as a meaningful community asset and build our programming in a way that there is something for everyone. We want to be the people’s art home; a place to gather, experience, learn, and become inspired. We are always mindful to keep it fresh, keep it exciting, and keep it interesting,” declared Crane. “And remember, it all starts at the Center for the Arts.”

Originally from Woodbridge, Connecticut, Hyla is married to Richard Crane and has two daughters, Eryn and Carsyn. She also has a beloved corgi, Tory and cat, Nova.

Visit the Center for the Arts and experience the latest exhibition, “By Virtue of Place: FSU MFA Alumni,” at the Second Tuesday exhibition reception on Tuesday, November 13 from 5:30 to 7 PM. The Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive.

For more information on upcoming classes, events, and exhibits, visit marcoislandart.org or call 239-394-4221.

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