Professional development program offers workshops, sessions to cultural organizations, educators and creative professionals


The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is proud to announce the Institute for Cultural Advancement (ICA), a multi-tiered professional development program for cultural organizations, arts educators and creative professionals – the first of its kind in Palm Beach County.

The ICA was developed after the Council received a generous donation from the Donald M. Ephraim Family Foundation to grow the arts and cultural sector.

“For over 40 years, the Cultural Council has served as the official support agency for Palm Beach County’s cultural organizations, artists, educators and communities,” said Dave Lawrence, the Council’s president & CEO. “The Council is charged with a mission to champion, engage and grow the arts and cultural community. It is our duty and privilege to offer this professional development service in The Palm Beaches.”

Each year, the ICA focuses on one specific capacity-building goal, in addition to offering a series of topic-specific trend sessions, workshops and intensives for professionals in the arts and cultural sector.

2018-19 main sessions reflect the ICA’s inaugural theme of fundraising for the arts, sciences and humanities. Topics include public funding sources, donor stewardship, writing grant proposals and storytelling, which drive economic and tourism impact, contribute to education and enhance quality of life.

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management will lead two of the main ICA sessions this year. The nationally- recognized consulting group is also leading the Palm Beach County Arts Accelerator, a free year-long training program for cultural nonprofits. Ten organizations preparing to undertake major fundraising efforts were selected after a competitive application process. Arts Accelerator is underwritten by The Donald M. Ephraim Cultural Leadership Fund and Suzanne L. Niedland.

Prices vary by session and membership with the Cultural Council. For more information about membership opportunities, visit or call (561) 472-3330.

For more information about the Institute or to RSVP for public sessions, visit



Hannah Deadman-Arnst
Phone: (561) 471-1602