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St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District names new executive director

By Times Staff Writer
Published: January 3, 2018 Updated: January 3, 2018 at 04:44 PM
Diane Bailey Morton has been named executive director of St. Petersburg's Warehouse Arts District Association.[Handout photo]

ST. PETERSBURG ó Lawyer Diane Bailey Morton has been named executive director of the Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA). A fixture in the local arts community, Morton spent more than 20 years on the Board of Trustees of American Stage and has sponsored numerous productions for The [email protected], Stageworks and FreeFall Theater. She also served on the boards of Great Explorations, USF Alumni Association and the Florida Bar Grievance Committee.

"Diane is a true community leader," said Mark Aeling, the associationís president. "She has had a stellar professional career and has been very supportive of the arts community in both service and philanthropy."

A native Floridian, Morton, 58, began her legal career more than 30 years ago as an assistant state attorney. She then opened her own trial practice in St. Petersburg and handled labor and employment cases. She served as general counsel of the Tampa Police Benevolent Association and the Tampa Firefighters. She was named general counsel to C1 Bank and guided the bank through its merger with Bank of the Ozarks.

"This position combines my love of community with my love of the arts," Morton said. "I am looking forward to putting my business experience to work for the whole district."

Approximately 200 artists, arts businesses and organizations are within the boundaries of the district, which runs from 1st Avenue North to 10th Avenue South and 16th Street to 31st Street.