Arts & Culture Work for Palm Beach County

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.

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5

Conducted by Americans for the Arts, the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) study documents the economic contributions of the nonprofit cultural sector nationally, as well as in 341 study regions. The Cultural Council sponsored the study for Palm Beach County and for five of the county’s largest cities: Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach.

“By every measure, the results of AEP5 prove that the cultural sector in Palm Beach County generates significant economic activity, serves as a cornerstone of tourism and is an employment powerhouse.”
–Randy Cohen, vice president of research and policy at Americans for the Arts

The AEP5 study includes data from 79 cultural organizations in Palm Beach County. These results were combined with data from the 2015 Biennial Audience Survey that the Cultural Council conducts with 19 of the county’s largest organizations through its Tourism Development Council grant program (Category B).

“Collectively, all culture-related spending in Palm Beach County totaled more than $633.4 million during fiscal year 2015,” added Cohen. “These findings show conclusively that the arts mean business in The Palm Beaches.”

Nationally, the AEP5 study found that the arts and cultural sector generated $166.3 billion in economic activity in 2015 – $63.8 billion in spending by arts and culture organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related spending by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in government revenue.

The AEP5 survey findings in Palm Beach County and five of the county’s largest cities are available on this page, under “Research & Reports.”

By the Numbers

Arts & Cultural Impact brochure infographics 2017

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Arts Advocacy News

Arts Sector Harmed in Tax Bills

Americans for the Arts Action Fund - senate photo

Americans for the Arts - Action Fund

December 6, 2017
Early Saturday morning, the U.S. Senate passed a tax reform bill along an almost exclusively party-line vote of 51-49 with all Republicans voting yes, except for Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), who opposed it for the $1.5 trillion in debt that would be created. Read more »

Culture is Expanding in The Palm Beaches

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

October 27, 2017
We live in exciting times—over the next 10 years, The Palm Beaches plans to expand its infrastructure with more than 40 arts and cultural projects worth over $500 million in investment to attract an additional 1 million visitors. This video details three of the projects that are furthest in development—Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Norton Museum of Art and Loggerhead Marinelife Center—but there are many more!  
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GOP Tax Proposal Impacts Charitable Giving


Americans for the Arts

September 28, 2017
Republican Congressional leaders released their long-awaited tax reform framework yesterday on Capitol Hill, which could have a negative impact on charitable giving. Read more »

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 »

Research & Reports

Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 – Americans for the Arts

Palm Beach County – full report
Palm Beach County – summary
Boca Raton
Delray Beach
Lake Worth
West Palm Beach

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
Revised version »
Original version »

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.



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: