Arts Advocacy

The Cultural Council believes that arts and culture in The Palm Beaches builds a stronger economy and drives tourism; unites and engages communities; and enhances education at every level. This is the foundation of the Council’s advocacy program and what motivates strategies and tactics to securing/maintaining funding at the national, state, and local levels; outreach to business and community leaders; and support for arts education for K-12 students.

State of Florida Arts Funding: Q&A

On June 12, the arts and cultural sector in Florida received quite a shock when Governor DeSantis vetoed $32 million in arts and cultural funding to 640 organizations around the State. As we prepare our advocacy messages for the next legislative session, calls, emails, and letters to your House and Senate representatives will be needed. The Cultural Council has compiled some information to help arts advocates with their messaging.

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Research & Reports

Arts & Culture Work for Palm Beach County Brochure

An illustrated brochure that details the arts & cultural impact of Palm Beach County, the State of Florida, and the U.S. as a whole using data sourced from Americans for the Arts and VISIT FLORIDA.

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Palm Beach County Recommended 2024-2025 Florida DAC Grants

This leave-behind document details the recommended amounts for each of the Florida DAC Grant requests (specific to Palm Beach County), organized by Florida Senate & Florida House District.

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10 Reasons to Support the Arts in Palm Beach County

A one-page sheet highlighting 10 reasons that show why an investment in artists, creative workers, and arts organizations is vital to the nation’s post-pandemic healing and recovery.

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2022 Cultural Sector Needs Assessment Executive Summary

An executive summary of the 2022 Cultural Sector Needs Assessment survey conducted in partnership with Surale Phillips (Decision Support Partners, Inc.)

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Economic and Fiscal Impacts of COVID-19 on Palm Beach County Cultual Organizations

Responding to the Coronavirus state of emergency in 2020, the Council issue a survey about COVID-19 impacts on its constituent organizations between March 2020 and August 2020.

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Arts Education Impact in Palm Beach County

The cultural sector’s contribution to the School District of Palm Beach County and other learning locations.

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Americans for the Arts, AEP6

Arts and Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) provides compelling evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in Palm Beach County—one that generated $335.3 million in total economic activity during 2022. This spending—$189 million by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and an additional $146.3 million in event-related spending by their audiences—supports 4,360 jobs, generates $198.5 million in household income for local residents, and delivers $57.2 million in tax revenues to local, state, and federal governments. This study sends a strong signal that, even in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting recession, the nonprofit arts and culture is a formidable industry. AEP6 demonstrates that when we support the arts, we are investing in Palm Beach County’s economic and community well-being.

The Cultural Council partnered with Americans for the Arts on this study and commissioned customized reports for Palm Beach County and three of its largest cities. Full municipal reports are available upon request.

Cultural Advocacy Groups

Find links to local, state, and national arts advocacy organizations and partners here:

Take Action

Arts-friendly policies and funding need consistent support and the Council fights on the front lines to educate elected officials on the economic and quality-of-life benefits of the arts.

The Council can’t tackle these issues alone. Advocacy earns results by participation and strong voices from constituents. That’s you!

It takes two minutes to contact your representative with the simple facts stated here. Please use the links below to do just that.

 

Palm Beach County Commissioners

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