Multi-tiered professional development program will provide workshops to cultural organizations and creative professionals

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County will present the second season of its Institute for Cultural Advancement (ICA), with 19 presentations and workshops from October through May. This professional development series is designed for cultural organizations and creative professionals and will feature nationally-recognized presenters, relevant topics and more learning opportunities for professional artists this year.

Thanks to the generosity of The Donald M. Ephraim Cultural Leadership Fund through the Donald M. Ephraim Family Foundation and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the ICA was developed to grow Palm Beach County’s arts and cultural sector. This year’s ICA theme is inspired by the book “The Cycle: A Practical Approach to Managing Arts Organizations” by Michael M. Kaiser with Brett E. Egan, president of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. Sessions throughout the season will be focused on ways to develop bold, mission-driven programming; institutional and programmatic marketing; audience growth and sustainability; and revenue.

“As the local arts service agency for Palm Beach County, the Institute for Cultural Advancement is one of the most important programs that we offer because it directly impacts organizations and creative professionals by providing practical tools to build capacity and sustainability of our cultural community,” said CEO Dave Lawrence. “The cultural sector in Palm Beach County generates $633 million in economic impact and 14,000 full-time equivalent jobs. The arts mean business and the Institute for Cultural Advancement is helping this industry continue to grow.”

The 2019/2020 season of ICA will feature presenters that include Dr. Gerald Klickstein, author of “The Musicians Way;” Dr. Matthew Lee from Harvard University; Gerry Czarnecki from the National Leadership Institute; and Dawn Frisby-Byers, a consultant with Americans for the Arts, among others. All sessions are held at the Cultural Council’s headquarters in Lake Worth Beach and are free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

The ICA season will kick-off with a special breakfast presentation by Brett Egan on October 17 at the Flagler Museum. This event will also feature the presentation of the PNC Arts Alive Awards. Tickets are $25 person or $60 for VIP seating and a copy of “The Cycle.” For more information or to register, visit

For more information about membership opportunities, please visit or call (561) 472-3331.


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