The Cultural Council’s advocacy efforts cover public policy and funding issues locally, state-wide and nationally, speaking on behalf of the cultural industry and its impact on issues and people. Art and Culture: Part of the Solution has been a recurring theme with legislators.
Did you know?
- Whether serving the local community or out-of-town visitors, a vibrant arts and culture industry helps local businesses thrive. As of January 2014, Palm Beach County is home to 5,438 arts-related businesses that employ 16,066 people, according to Americans for the Arts’ 2014 Creative Industries Report.
- Arts education is a proven factor in student achievement and workforce readiness for the 21st century. For students on “free and reduced lunch,” an indicator of low socioeconomic level, the more music and arts classes taken, the higher the student achievement in all measures (SAT, FCAT Reading, Writing, Math).
- Florida’s not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations and artists have a documented $ 3.1 billion impact on the state’s economy every year. More than $446.5 million annually is also returned to local and state government treasuries — a $5 return to government treasuries for every $1 invested.
View the 2015 Florida Legislative Platform for Arts and Culture.
What can you do?
TAKE ACTION. Resources such as the Florida Cultural Alliance and Americans for the Arts provide a wealth of valuable information to help you advocate on behalf of the arts and cultural community at both the state and national levels.
Results from FY 15 Category B Organizations Attendee Surveys and Spending Data
A Plan for Palm Beach County Economic Development Through Arts, Science and Cultural Capital Projects *revised March 18, 2016
A Plan for Palm Beach County Economic Development Through Arts, Science and Cultural Capital Projects
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.
Learn about Palm Beach County's Six Pillar Community Strategic Plan to support economic growth.