More than $5,000 in Camp Scholarships Awarded to Children During Ceremony at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County


(Lake Worth/June 4, 2015) The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is coordinating the efforts of 15 arts organizations to donate more than $5,000 in summer camp scholarships to children throughout The Palm Beaches who cannot afford summer arts programs.

The scholarships will be awarded by the cultural organizations directly to the students and their families at a special event held on Friday, June 5 at 4 p.m. at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County headquarters at 601 Lake Avenue, in Lake Worth.

The Council coordinates the camp scholarship program each year to match cultural organizations with children who want to experience the arts during their summer break. This summer, scholarships were donated by the Boca Raton Museum of Art, FAU Pine Jog Environmental Center, FYCCN/Everglades Youth Conservation Camp, Kids Need More Art (Jupiter/Stuart), Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Lighthouse ArtCenter, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Loxahatchee River Center, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, South Florida Fair’s Yesteryear Village, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

“Through the generosity of these organizations, there are opportunities for children to be environmentalists, film directors, ballet dancers, singers, creative writers and junior veterinarians among other things,” says Cultural Council President and CEO, Rena Blades. “These are high quality programs put on by world-class arts and cultural groups that keep the arts alive for children of every age all summer.”

“From an educational point of view, the camps focused on art and culture help avoid the ‘summer brain drain,’ while supplying a creative outlet to the children in our community,” says Cultural Council Manager of Arts and Cultural Education, Trish Halverson.

The last day of Palm Beach County public schools is Thursday, June 4. To find out more about art and cultural camps in The Palm Beaches, visit

Note to Editors: Reporters and photographers are welcome to the event Friday at 4 p.m. High resolution photos can be provided to news organizations unable to attend.

About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County: The Cultural Council is the official support agency for arts and culture for Palm Beach County serving non-profit organizations, individual artists and arts districts. The Council promotes the county’s cultural experiences through an integrated program of advertising, public relations and marketing activities to both visitors and residents. Each year, the Council administers more than $3.6 million in grants, supports arts and cultural education, provides capacity building training and advocates for funding and arts-friendly policies. Located in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. building in downtown Lake Worth, the Council mounts a series of group and solo exhibitions featuring Palm Beach County artists and provides other programming.

Connect with the Council at, or (561) 471-2901.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.