Michael Blachly: Spirit of Gainesville nominee

Published: Monday, September 10, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 21, 2012 at 8:02 a.m.

More than two decades ago, a group of like-minded individuals(of whom my late husband was a member) got together with onecommon goal: to build a performing arts center for Gainesville andthe surrounding communities.


Category: Arts

About Michael Blachly

Occupation: Director of the University of Florida Performing Arts

Years in Gainesville: 20

Spouse: Judy

Children: 2 sons

Michael and his family moved to Gainesville 20 years ago. It was withhis arrival that our area began to taste and savor the quality of superiorartistic performances.

We have been blessed with the presence of Michael Blachly,our Director of the University of Florida Performing Arts, for it is hewho has gifted us with bringing established and emerging artiststo our center for these 20 years.The economic downturn has certainly impacted all of us, however, in spite of this, Mr. Blachly has offered master classes and outreachactivities that benefit community members who may not be able toattend performances and would, otherwise, not be exposed to thevalue of the performing arts.

Yes, Michael Blachly has truly enriched us with his talents, and it isfor this reason that I proudly nominate him for the category of Arts,Spirit of Gainesville Award.

Submitted by Carol Squitieri

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