Cultural Council Shares Findings from Preliminary COVID-19 Impact Survey and Announces New Initiatives to Help #RestartPBC

The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County recently announced several key initiatives to help Palm Beach County’s cultural sector recover from the impact of COVID-19.

The Council made the announcements on Thursday, October 8 during its State of the Cultural Sector Town Hall. During the event, the Council shared results from a preliminary COVID-19 impact survey sent to local cultural organizations this summer to gather information about how the pandemic impacted the institutions.

According to the survey, which included responses from 33 of the county’s cultural organizations, Palm Beach County’s cultural sector lost more than $48 million in economic impact since the start of COVID-19 as of August 20.

The survey also revealed:

  • 888,277 in lost attendance
  • 1,641 events postponed or canceled 
  • 593 people furloughed (full- and part-time)

“Palm Beach County’s cultural sector continues to be impacted by COVID-19,” said Dave Lawrence, the Council’s president & CEO. “These statistics are concerning, but our sector is resilient and innovative. During a healthy year, it brings $633 million in economic impact and welcomes 3.9 million visitors. The time is now to help Palm Beach County restart with the arts and join our movement to restore Florida’s Cultural Capital.”

Helping Cultural Organizations

Palm Beach County Cultural Resiliency Fund

The Council also announced its Palm Beach County Cultural Resiliency Fund. With the support of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, Tourist Development Council, and County Administrator Verdenia Baker, this new grant program will allow the Council to distribute CARES Act funds to cultural organizations in need of financial assistance.

Due to circumstances beyond the Cultural Council’s control, the Cultural Resiliency Fund guidelines and application materials, set to be released on October 16, will instead be released on Monday, October 26. We apologize for this delay.

Join the Movement to #RestartPBC

To raise awareness for the recovery of Palm Beach County’s cultural sector, the Council also announced the launch of its Restart with the Arts Campaign, a movement designed to encourage locals and visitors to go green on Friday, October 16.

That day, cultural institutions will light their building green and encourage individuals to wear green, visit their organization, become a member, or donate. Cultural organizations, venues and businesses can also access the #RestartPBC Social Media Toolkit for graphics, suggested messaging, and more.

Community members can also continue supporting the arts by visiting cultural organizations or engaging in virtual experiences during MOSAIC (Months of Shows, Art, Ideas and Culture), a celebration of local arts & culture featuring discounts and special offers intended to jumpstart cultural tourism and visitation to cultural organizations this fall.