The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County invites local creative professionals across all disciplines and representatives of cultural organizations to participate in its new Cultural Sector Needs Assessment survey, which opens online on March 15, 2022.

The anonymous survey will be conducted by Decision Support Partners and supported by Mosaic Group. After the survey closes, there will also be a series of focus groups and community conversations to inform a strategic report.

The timing of the survey is critical, as Palm Beach County’s cultural sector emerges from a $360 million loss in economic activity, plus other impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Results from the survey will help the Cultural Council understand the sector’s current needs and create future plans that support its continued recovery. They will also inform the Council’s next strategic plan, advocacy messages, grant and donor funding requests, and programs and services that serve the sector.

“As Palm Beach County’s local arts agency, we can act now by deploying our first-ever comprehensive needs assessment, which allows the Council to really listen to the sector and respond to those needs,” said Dave Lawrence, president & CEO. “We invite our cultural community to let their voice be heard by taking the survey, which will ultimately help us better enrich Palm Beach County’s cultural vitality, economically advance individual artists, and support the growth and success of cultural organizations.”

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and will be open March 15 through April 1, 2022. Spanish and Creole translations are available upon request. Survey respondents must live or work in Palm Beach County. The Council will share results from the survey later this summer.