50 Stories for 50 Years, a publication by Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA), tells the stories of arts and culture organizations and artists from across the state who have received DCA grants. Two of those stories belong to St. Petersburg College professors Sheree Greer and David Manson.
St. Petersburg College Communications Professor Sheree Greer was featured for her founding work with Kitchen Table Literary Arts (KLTA), a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes the literary works of Black women and women of color. KLTA offers public programs, creative writing workshops and residencies across the state.
In the feature, Greer offered gratitude for the DCA and their support of her work.
“With support from DCA, I’ve been able to set aggressive and expansive goals for myself and my organizations,” Greer said, “then see those goals to fruition through community partnerships, training opportunities and financial support.”
Greer, who left a career as a business analyst in 2005 to write full time, has been published in several journals and magazines. She recently published a short story collection, Once and Future Lovers, and completed her first novel, What Has Never Been Taught. She earned her MFA from Columbia College in Chicago and teaches African-American Literature, Fiction Writing, and Composition I and II at SPC.
SPC Music Professor Dr. David Manson was featured for his work as Director of EMIT, which has put on over 450 events in the 25 years since it was founded in 1995. EMIT’s mission is to present adventurous music, including new music, jazz, world music, interactive electronics, improvisation and interdisciplinary art forms.
Manson received two Artists Fellowships from the Division of Cultural Affairs, which were from the division for music composition.
“My fellowship allowed me to record and produce Particle Zoo, a modern Jazz album,” Manson says in his feature.
Manson, a trombonist, educator, composer, community arts presenter and music technologist who earned his doctoral degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, began teaching for SPC in 1991 and became full-time faculty in 1995.
See the 50 Stories for 50 Years publication, where you can read the entire features of the SPC Artists, as well as those of their fellow artists and organizations across the state.