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Bound for Florida – Local drive beginning

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By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Margot Knight, president and CEO of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County since March 1998, has been named president and CEO of United Arts of Central Florida in Winter Park near Orlando.

Knight, who starts work Oct. 9, will head the fourth-largest U.S. arts fund after Milwaukee, Charlotte and Cincinnati.

The group raises $7 million in its annual campaign, and soon will administer $3 million more allocated from a county tax on hotels and motels.

Wake’s annual drive, which is starting its quiet phase, has a goal of $1.5 million, including $800,000 to be raised privately.

Knight says the biggest challenges for Wake United Arts are the sluggish economy and poor collaboration among arts groups that she attributes to a “lack of trust and turf issues.”

Esther Hall, executive director of ArtsTogether, chairs the search committee looking for Knight’s successor.

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