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 CCPBC 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.
The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County is a nonprofit, local arts agency with a mission to champion, engage, and grow the cultural sector in Palm Beach County. Our building serves as a gallery for local visual artists to exhibit their work, a venue for local performing artists, a learning space for children and families, and a resource for the community.
Our headquarters at 601 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth Beach features three galleries. In most cases, the space is used for visual arts exhibitions in the fall and winter and for performances (music, dance, etc.) in the spring and summer. The Council also offers other programs and services designed to support creative professionals in Palm Beach County and has a dedicated Artist Resource Team (ART) to support the sector.
As part of its mission, the Council provides select services to creative professionals (visual artists, performing artists and creative writers) in Palm Beach County across all disciplines and at every level at no cost.
Creative professionals who wish to support the Council by joining or renewing as an Individual member (at any level) can opt to receive additional benefits.
The Cultural Council’s headquarters (601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth Beach) features three galleries. In most cases, the space is used for visual arts exhibitions in the Fall/Winter and for performances (music, dance, etc.) in the Spring/Summer.
Here is some general information for creative professionals who would like to engage with the Cultural Council:
For visual artists interested in having their work shown at the Council:
The largest space at the Council, the Main Gallery typically hosts three exhibitions per year (September through May). Shows are curated by the Council or qualified collaborators and are formatted to include multiple artists (from four to 140) across varied medium around a theme or a juried exhibition. Artists are sourced from the Council’s online directory and/or through a “Call to Artists.” There is no fee to exhibit and membership to the Council is not required.
The purpose of the Sanders Gallery (Solo Gallery) is to provide Palm Beach County-based emerging or professional visual artists with an opportunity for a solo exhibition. Solo Gallery exhibitions are typically offered year-round. These shows are available to members of the Council (Household level and above) for a competitive fee and typically run for one month. Visual artists who would like to have a solo show at the Council should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Council also showcases visual artists in its Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach Store, located in the lobby. Items for sale include artist-made jewelry, handbags, accessories and books by members (Individual level and above). This is done on consignment with proceeds split between the artist and the Council to support the organization’s artist services.
For musicians, dancers and other creative professionals interested in having a performance at the Council:
The Council hires musicians for exhibition openings, Evenings at the Council (third Fridays of the month, October – April) and other special events throughout the year. The Council also refers musicians to our expanding list of venues for paid gigs.
Throughout the summer (June -September), the Council curates opportunities for performing artists. The performances are held at the Council and they create a professional platform for local professional artists.
Members receive preference on these opportunities and, oftentimes, creative professionals are sourced through the Council’s online directory.
For creative professionals looking for funding or professional development:
The Council continues to advocate for funding for creative professionals at the local and state level. The organization offers some annual private grants for artists, including the Dina Baker Fund for Mature Female Artists. It also supports the South Florida Cultural Consortium Grant Program. In 2019, the Council announced its first-ever Artist Innovation Fellowship Program for artists across all disciplines. More information here.
For creative professionals seeking hands-on workshops and professional development from industry experts, the Council is proud to offer the Institute for Cultural Advancement (ICA). Sessions are held throughout the year and are free for members.
Are you getting our emails?
The Council sends out a monthly Creative Professionals Newsletter with local “Calls to Artists,” funding opportunities and other industry news. Make sure you are signed up here.
Do you have a profile on the Artist Directory?
Contact our Artist Resource Team at ART@palmbeachculture.com to learn how to set up or make changes to your artist directory profile.
For questions related to membership, please contact Debbie Calabria at (561) 472-3330 or email@example.com.
For general questions about an upcoming exhibition, solo show or other artist-related inquiries, please contact Jessica Ransom at (561) 472-3346 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions related to Musician Services, please contact Marlon Foster at (561) 472-3338 or email@example.com.
For questions at the Uniquely Palm Beach Store, please contact Helen Hood at (561) 214-8085 or firstname.lastname@example.org.