At its core, arts & culture open our minds to new ways of thinking, and ultimately, new ways of doing – a fresh color palette to help us paint a new tomorrow. We believe that arts & culture are the lifeblood of thriving communities and we work hard to bring them to every corner of our county.  At the Cultural Council, we are a business mentor, a marketing partner, a matchmaker, an advisor, a cultural expert and a financial benefactor.  We are a team of cultural architects growing and inspiring community by making arts & culture a part of everyday life, for everybody.

We give local artists a voice and a venue.


How can I connect with the Cultural Council as an artist?

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County’s mission is to champion, engage, and grow the arts in Palm Beach County—and that starts with supporting the innovative professionals who make it happen.

As part of that mission, the Council offers a variety of services and programs to Palm Beach County’s many creative professionals (no matter the medium), at no cost, and with no membership required. We manage funds and grants dedicated to keep artists working; we offer exhibition, performance, professional development, and retail opportunities at our headquarters; and we offer the service of our dedicated Artist Resource Team (ART).

How can we help you create here in Palm Beach County?

Artist Directory

As part of our mission, we provide a listing on our online directory to all Palm Beach County creative professionals—across all disciplines—at no cost.

The directory offers artists an opportunity to create a snapshot of themselves and their work with a bio, photos, and links to their website and social media platforms. It is also a valuable resource for cultural organizations, businesses, advisors, government bodies, and collectors to search and source new projects, exhibitions, performances, and more.

To find out how to create or update your artist directory listing, email us at art@palmbeachculture.com.

News for Artists

There’s always work to be done, and the Cultural Council is dedicated to provide Palm Beach County’s creative professionals with local, state, and national opportunities to showcase their work.

Don’t miss an opportunity! We regularly post calls-for-artists, auditions, notices, and other artist-related news to palmbeachculture.com/artist-news. And you can sign up for our Artist News email to get highlights sent to your inbox every month.

Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach Store

The Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach Store, located in the Cultural Council’s lobby, features items made locally by artists who live and work in Palm Beach County.

The store offers creative professionals the opportunity to sell your work to Council members, guests, and those who frequent the popular downtown Lake Worth Beach district. Products within the store are placed on consignment, with proceeds split between the artist and the Council to support all of our artist service programs.

If you have products in mind for the Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach store, please contact us at art@palmbeachculture.com


Visual Artists

Jill Hotchkiss - reflections exhibition

Main Gallery Exhibitions

The largest space at the Council, the Main Gallery, typically hosts three exhibitions per year (Fall through Spring). These exhibitions are curated by the Council, or by qualified collaborators, and include multiple artists across varied mediums representing the exhibition’s theme, or as conceived by the juror or curator.

Artists are sourced from the Council’s online directory and/or through a public call-for-artists posted on palmbeachculture.com/artist-news. There is no fee to exhibit and membership to the Council is not required.

Ann Friedlander Solo Show Reception

Solo Gallery Exhibitions

The purpose of the Solo Gallery is to provide Palm Beach County-based emerging, mid-career, or professional visual artists with an opportunity for a solo exhibition (typically a full series of their work or a sampling of work representative of their career evolution).

Exhibitions are chosen annually through a non-paid, competitive selection process vetted by a committee of visual arts professionals. Applications for the 2021-2022 season are currently under review. Sign up for our emails to be notified when the next application period opens.


Performing Artists

JJ and the Florida Oranges - pop-up performance

Performances at the Cultural Council
Throughout the year, the Council hosts opportunities specifically for performing artists. The performances are held at the Council and create a platform for local professional artists to showcase their work.

Performing artists may list themselves in our artist directory at no cost. This directory is a valuable resource to local venues and individuals searching for performers. Additionally, the Council regularly hires performing artists for special events throughout the year. The Council also refers musicians to its expanding list of venues for paid gigs.

To see the Council’s current and upcoming performances, visit palmbeachculture.com/performances. And for questions about performing at the Council, please contact Marlon Foster at (561) 472-3338 or mfoster@palmbeachculture.com.

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County is seeking performers for its Evenings at the Council series for its 2021-2022 season. The free, monthly event will run from November 2021 through May 2022 and is expected to attract an audience of 100+ per event.

Featured performers will receive a cash stipend, production support, and marketing and promotion from the Council’s team of professionals. Learn more here.


Funding Opportunities

The Council currently administers two privately-funded grant programs for artists:

Artist Innovation Fellowship: A program that celebrates innovation and the creative process for Palm Beach County professional artists, funded by generous donors and foundations. To learn more about the current Artist Innovation Fellows and gain insight on the fellowship process, visit palmbeachculture.com/aifp.

Dina Baker Fund for Mature Female Artists: An annual fund to help stabilize and strengthen the careers of female artists sixty (60) years of age or older who reside and work in Palm Beach County, who have recognizable artistic merit and who are deserving of financial assistance (whether professional, personal or both) to enable them to further their artistic development and achievement.

Additionally, the Council facilitates the Palm Beach County portion of the annual South Florida Cultural Consortium, which offers the largest regional, government-sponsored artists’ grants in the United States, awarding $15,000 and $7,500 grants to resident visual and media artists from Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties.

Since established in 1988, the Consortium has awarded over $4 million in grants to over 300 artists. In addition to receiving the grant, the artists take part in an exhibition hosted and organized by a visual arts institution in one of the five counties. Palm Beach County recipients also have their work displayed in the Cultural Council’s gallery.

For more information on funding opportunities for artists, visit palmbeachculture.com/artist-funding.


Membership

Creative professionals who wish to support the Council in its mission to champion, engage, and grow arts and culture in Palm Beach County can join as a member. Membership benefits include:

  • A subscription to the award-winning art&culture magazine
  • Complimentary admission to the Council’s member preview events, artist talks, and Institute for Cultural Advancement sessions
  • A discount on purchases in the Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach Store
  • Opportunities to network/collaborate/engage with like-minded professionals

Visit palmbeachculture.com/membership to join or renew today.

Contacts

Artist Services (Visual)
Jessica Ransom
(561) 472-3336
jransom@palmbeachculture.com

Uniquely Palm Beach Store
Helen Hood
(561) 214-8085
hhood@palmbeachculture.com

Musician Services
Marlon Foster
(561) 472-3338
mfoster@palmbeachculture.com

Membership
Debbie Calabria
(561) 472-3330
dcalabria@palmbeachculture.com