Arts & Culture put Palm Beach County to work

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
  • 15,543 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
  • 236,557 jobs

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
  • 4.8 million jobs
  • A daily audience of 1.4 million people
  • $729.6 billion (4.2% GDP) to the U.S. economy from the production of arts and cultural goods


Arts Advocacy News

Americans for the Arts Statement on Action by the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior

July 12, 2017
Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch offered this statement in response to today’s action by the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, which proposed funding of $145 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities in FY2018. Read more »

Leveraging the Power of the Arts: Collaboration Between the Arts and Business is Transforming Palm Beach County

Rena Blades

Posted by Rena Blades to Americans for the Arts | ArtsBlog

May 12, 2017
A few weeks ago, Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce released the results of a comprehensive cultural industry impact study. The results show that inflation-adjusted spending on arts and cultural goods and services reached $1.1 trillion in 2014, and that arts and cultural economic activity accounted for 4.2 percent of U.S. […] Read more »

Arts and Culture Grow for Third Straight Year

Arts and Cultural Employment Growth 2014 - BEA

Bureau of Economic Analysis

April 21, 2017
From the Bureau of Economic Analysis - New State Data Show Employment in These Industries Rises in 24 States. Florida, with 3.3% growth, had 236,557 jobs related to arts and culture in 2014, representing 2.8% of jobs in the state. Average compensation of arts and cultural jobs in Florida was $59,326 in 2014. Read more »

Facts & Figures on the Creative Economy

NASAA - Artists in the Work Force

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

March 7, 2017
These statistics from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) tell about the creative workforce, creative places, cultural tourism, and investment and participation. Read more »

Why Should Government Support the Arts?

from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

May 12, 2016
Fundamental to any democracy are questions about the role of government and how the public sector should support the well-being of its people. Sometimes those discussions turn to the role of the arts. This document from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies substantiates why the arts are a sound investment, helping states achieve both […] Read more »

NEA Releases Three New Reports On Arts Attendance and Economic Impact

NEA Infographic - why people attend the arts

February 26, 2015
Recently, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released 3 distinct reports on arts and cultural industries explaining how they affect the nation’s economy, and perhaps more importantly, the agency published a comprehensive data set listing the reasons American adults engage in arts and culture. This is the first time one can see the research […] Read more »


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.

Palm Beach County
Florida Senators and Representatives
U.S. Senators and Representatives


Cultural Advocacy Groups

Find links to local, state and national arts advocacy organizations here:


Research & Reports

Economic Impact of Cultural Tourism in Palm Beach County

Results from FY 15 Category B Organizations Attendee Surveys and Spending Data

Economic Impact Analysis of Palm Beach Cultural Council

Prepared by Fishkind & Associates, Inc.

Economic Development Report

A Plan for Palm Beach County Economic Development Through Arts, Science and Cultural Capital Projects *revised March 18, 2016
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The Creative Industries in Palm Beach County, FL

This Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts 2015 report provides a research-based approach to understanding the scope and economic importance of the arts in Palm Beach County.

Arts & Culture – Part of the Solution

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.