The Gainesville Arts & Parks Foundation Kicks Off the New Year with a Showcase and a New Board Member


The newly formed Gainesville Arts & Parks (GAP) Foundation, Inc. is hosting its community launch Friday, Jan. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Historic Thomas Center, which is located at 302 NE Sixth Ave. The event will showcase some of the best arts, parks and programs the city has to offer. The GAP Foundation will also start the year with a new member on its board of directors, Angela Pate.

The community is invited to an evening of live music by Weeds of Eden and Expressions Learning Arts Academy students, live and silent auctions and a culinary arts demonstration by renowned local Chef Bert Gill. The event also features tree giveaways, a book signing by Chef Gill of his new book, “Pickled, Fried and Fresh,” food and much more! The community kickoff celebration highlights the many cultural, recreational and nature activities in Gainesville.

The GAP Foundation was established in June to support the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) as an ally in advocacy and fundraising. The foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the projects and programs identified in the PRCA master plan, by helping fill funding gaps and helping bring the plan to life.

The GAP Foundation also welcomes a new member to its board of directors, Angela Pate. Pate is the president and CEO of Focused Management Solutions, the contracted administrative entity of FloridaWorks, as well as three other firms, including a startup web platform company. Pate’s efforts have brought more than $24 million dollars of training and supplemental salaries for work experience to the community since 2005. In 2001, Pate founded MicronGreen, Inc., a technology company specializing in 3D structural analysis, CAD, simulation system development and services to the architecture, engineering and construction industries, as well as the military. Pate has been published in technology trade journals, and she has provided national forums for technology training and designing with revolutionary new tools. She published the first PC-based architectural rendering in Computer Graphics World in 1989.

The GAP Foundation founding board of directors are Susan Bottcher, Thomas Hawkins (secretary), Agapitus “Augi” Lye (president), Stephanie Mickle, Albert White (treasurer) and Dr. Steven L. Yucht (vice president).

For more information, or to get involved with the Gainesville Arts & Parks Foundation, please contact PRCA at 352-393-8364. Stay connected with the GAP Foundation at and on social media at