We Lost Bradenton ‘s Biggest Cheerleader, Johnette Isham Passed Away
Our hearts were broken upon learning the news of Johnette Isham’s passing. Over the years, she was a tireless advocate and force of nature for many community efforts around Bradenton and will be sadly missed.
Read the heartbreaking post from Realize Bradenton’s Facebook page:
It is with heavy hearts that the Realize Bradenton team shares the passing of our founding Executive Director, Johnette Isham, this past week.
Through her leadership, Realize Bradenton implemented the Cultural Master Plan, which was the catalyst behind the revitalization of downtown Bradenton and the development of the Riverwalk. She worked tirelessly to bring people together, promote civic pride, and economic development.
Johnette celebrated the arts with a great deal of passion. She worked with local artists to install public art in downtown spaces and enthusiastically supported local entrepreneurs, makers, creators, musicians, and business owners. Outside of the office, she was known by her friends and coworkers for her quirky costumes, spontaneous dance parties, and love of pigs in a blanket.
Although Johnette retired from her role at Realize Bradenton in October of 2022, she continued to support the community through her new, self-proclaimed role as Bradenton’s Biggest Cheerleader.
We will remember her for her countless big ideas, limitless enthusiasm, and the positive influence she had on our community. She will be missed.
We understand that many of you want to comfort her family at this time; however, they have asked to please respect their privacy and provide space as they grieve.
Photo from Realize Bradenton