About the Cultural Council
The Cultural Council is Palm Beach County’s official arts agency and serves non-profit cultural organizations and professional artists throughout the county. Our responsibilities include marketing the county’s cultural experiences to visitors and residents, administering grants to organizations and artists, expanding art and cultural education opportunities, advocating for funding and arts-friendly policies and developing audiences and donors through membership programs.
Founded by visionary community leader Alexander W. Dreyfoos in 1978, we administer a portion of local tourist development funds under contract with the county government. Among our many initiatives, we regularly assist organizations of all sizes and professional artists through grant programs, technical support and capacity-building proposals.
As part of the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council (TDC), the Cultural Council works with its TDC sister agencies — the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Sports Commission and the Film and Television Commission — to promote Palm Beach County as a vibrant tourism destination.
We also, in conjunction with regional and national organizations such as the Florida Cultural Alliance, South Florida Cultural Consortium and Americans for the Arts, disseminate the latest cultural industry activity from Palm Beach County and across the country.
2012 marks the year that the Council has embarked on the most historic and anticipated phase of our award-winning existence. The Montgomery Family donated the Robert M. Montgomery Jr. Building in Downtown Lake Worth to the Council in 2010 to serve as our headquarters. The Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency granted the Council $700,000 as part of its Cultural Renaissance Program to help renovate the historic 1940 art deco building, which includes a visitor center, exhibit/performance space, gift shop and artists’ workspace.
Now cemented in our new headquarters, the Council continues to strive towards excellence in the artistic and philanthropic communities. With a street-level home in the center of Downtown Lake Worth and an innovative strategic plan, we are poised to serve and engage the cultural community more effectively than ever before!
The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is an independent nonprofit membership organization with 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status, Florida Registration number CH1489. All contributions are deductible to the full extent of the law.