Washington D.C., Tallahassee and Palm Beach County—the Cultural Council advocates for the arts at all levels of government. Considered globally as an economic driver, the cultural sector attracts talent and investment, builds international reputation and catalyzes innovation across all sectors of the economy.
In Palm Beach County, the cultural sector makes up for more than:
- $525 million in annual economic impact
- 11,000 jobs
- 300,000 hotel rooms filled by cultural tourists
- An annual audience of 4 million people
- 200 cultural organizations
- 715,000 individual experiences provided to K-12 students each year
Florida’s cultural sector comprises:
- $3.1 billion in annual economic impact
- 185,138 jobs in 54,994 businesses
As a whole, the art and cultural sector of the U.S. contributes:
- $135.2 billion in annual economic impact, resulting in $22.3 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues
- 3.1 million jobs in 750,453 businesses
- A daily audience of 1.4 million people
- $698 billion (4.32% GDP) to the U.S. economy from the production of arts and cultural goods
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.
Cultural Advocacy Groups
Find links to local, state and national arts advocacy organizations here:
Reports and Resources
From the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) - Statistics about the creative work force, creative places, cultural tourism, and investment and participation
Results from FY 15 Category B Organizations Attendee Surveys and Spending Data
Learn about the economic impact of cultural tourism and how it serves such a vital role in Palm Beach County.
In 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released 3 distinct reports on arts and cultural industries explaining how they affect the nation’s economy, along with the reasons American adults engage in arts and culture.
Take a look at these facts from the Florida Cultural Alliance that show the numerous benefits that arts and culture bring to Florida's economy.
This document from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies substantiates why the arts are a sound investment, helping states achieve both short-term and long term policy goals.