We honor creativity

​BAMFEST Daytona


Honorees of BAMFest Daytona 2016

“Creativity takes courage. ”

― Henri Matisse

Joe Cavanaugh


      Joseph Cavanaugh comes to our area with a lifetime of Public Service. He was one of the first Peace Corps Volunteers in 1964; National Program Director of VISTA in 1971; Community Development Director, Boulder, (Colorado,1974, and Monterey, California, 1992) ; and a Colorado State Senate Candidate in 1980. His career as an author was formally launched with the publication of The Peace  Dividend: Defense Conversion Through Higher Education, published by the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute and the Ford Foundation in 2000.

     Since moving to Ormond Beach in 2002, he has published three books of poetry: Poetry Jam with Toast and Tea (Writers Ink Press); California Dreamin’ (CHI), and Love Happens (Create Space).

    His activities and honors are many. As a Volusia resident, he joined Live Poets of Daytona Beach, was elected Treasurer of Florida State Poets Association in 2010,  and served as President of FSPA from 2012-2016. During this time he helped select our Florida Poet Laureate, helped initiate a local Youth Involvement program and an annual State slam poetry team with individual championships, and worked with the Twelve Chairs Educational Program.

Stephanie Mason-Teagu

     Currently, he is Vice President of the National Federation Of State Poetry Societies, and Director of Black Berry Peach Prizes for winners of written and spoken poetry national competition beginning in 2017. He is on the Board of Directors Sister Cities of Volusia County, for which he arranged a cultural exchange in Bayonne, France in June 2016 with local poet, Dan Pels and their wives Shirley and Jeanette.

     He is a Mediator, Certified by Florida State Supreme Court, volunteering in local courts to help people resolve conflicts as member of County Court Mediation Services (CCMS).

     Joe is a proud father of three daughters—Jillian, Michaela and Joy—and has three grandsons-- Dario, Rawlins and Liam. He lives with his wife, Shirley, in Halifax Plantations, where he plays a fine game of golf.

Stephanie Mason-Teague

     A long time resident of Central Florida, Stephanie Graduated, Cum Laude, from the University of Central Florida in 1996. A dedicated advocate for the arts, she has been acting in and producing  TV and Film for over 20 years. The mother of two children, she saw a lack of creative education in the local school system and began offering sewing, woodshop and acting classes for elementary age children at her church and the Ormond Memorial Art Museum.

Stephanie has numerous Film and TV credits including independent films, television series and commercials. She was the creator and host of the television series “House To Home”, airing for four seasons on PBS/ WDSC. She was also host and associate producer of the PBS series “Health and Fitness Hotline”, “Spotlight on Volusia County Schools” and “Conversations”. Stephanie joined Illusion Entertainment as associate producer completing 22 episodes of “A Healthy 100” for Florida Hospital and the documentary film “Why Me” depicting one woman’s fight against breast cancer.

In 2005 Stephanie was asked to step in and save the fledgling Daytona Beach Film Society, Cinematique of Daytona. At that time, an all-volunteer film club with an annual Film Festival that was on the verge of cancelling operations.

Stephanie Mason-Teague


she led the organization to open the first ever dedicated Art House Cinema in Daytona Beach, and continued the Daytona Beach Film Festival, growing the organization to support 5 paid staff positions and a theater open to members and the public six days per week. She originated partnerships with many organizations that allowed the theater to offer culturally significant programs including Poetry, Live Music, Improv Comedy, a Jewish Film Series, Luna Fest (films by, for and about women), numerous special events and film competitions and 10 years of FREE outdoor movies under the stars.

  Stephanie is the current Director of Development at the Musuem of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach. An active member of the Arts, Culture and Historical Tourism Committee, Secretary of the Volusia County Cultural Alliance, and a member of Women in Film and Television she continues to be a dedicated arts advocate.