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 Advocacy News

2019 National Arts Action Summit and Arts Advocacy Day

National Arts Action Summit

Americans for the Arts

Posted: February 18, 2019
The National Arts Action Summit is a multi-day event bringing together arts advocates from across the country. Attendees will learn the latest research and legislative arts priorities from the experts in a full day training on March 4, 2019. That evening, The Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is sure to inspire and motivate advocates. The following day, March 5, is Arts Advocacy Day when advocates take their passion, knowledge, and stories to Capitol Hill for meetings with their congressional leaders. Read more »

Palm Beach County Day 2019

Palm Beach County Day 2019

Palm Beach County

Posted: February 12, 2019

Holding Palm Beach County Day at the beginning of the legislative session is an excellent opportunity to keep Palm Beach County’s legislative priorities in front of lawmakers all session long.

Palm Beach County Day 2019 takes place on March 5-6, 2019 in Tallahassee. We hope you will continue to make this event a priority as we all work for the greater good of the residents of Palm Beach County.

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2018/2019 Legislative Priorities

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Posted: January 17, 2019

State: The Division of Cultural Affairs is advancing a recommendation to fund $62 million ($61,660,924) in the General Program Support matching grant program to 666 organizations from across the state. There are 52 PBC-based organizations vying for $6.3 million ($6,347,740), just over 10% in four areas: Cultural Endowment, Cultural Facilities, General Program Support and Specific Project Support. The Cultural Council (and Cultural Coalition) recommends full funding of all projects.

Local: The Cultural Council is advocating for $100,000 in additional funding for the C1 grant program in an effort to restore funding to $400,000 level (currently $250,000).

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Arts & Economic Prosperity 5

Arts & Cultural Impact brochure infographics 2017

Americans for the Arts

Posted: December 7, 2018
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. Read more »

City of Lake Worth Launches Arts & Cultural Master Plan for Downtown Lake Worth

FOCUS Lake Worth - press release

Posted: October 23, 2018
New plan offers strategies to enhance, grow and diversify Lake Worth’s downtown region After an 18-month planning process, the City of Lake Worth, Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County today announced the launch of the Arts & Cultural Master Plan for Downtown Lake Worth. Download the plan […] Read more »

Economic Impact of Cultural Tourism in Palm Beach County

FY2017 economic impact of cultural tourism in Palm Beach County

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

Posted: June 12, 2018
2017 Survey results released Results from FY 2017 Category B and C–II Organizations Attendee Surveys and Spending Data are now available. Summary | Full Report Read more »

The Cultural Council Partners With the Devos Institute of Arts Management to Offer Free Training and Consultation

Devos Institute of Arts Management

Posted: May 25, 2018
updated June 11, 2018 The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland are pleased to announce the launch of a year-long training and consultation program for up to 10 cultural non-profits in Palm Beach County. Building on the Council’s robust history of professional development […] Read more »

Palm Beach County Cultural Groups Will Feel the Pain of State Grant Cuts

Young Singers of The Palm Beaches

The Palm Beach Post

Posted: May 5, 2018
The state’s $88.7 billion budget includes just $2.65 million for cultural grants, which will be spread among 489 organizations statewide that have been vetted by the Division of Cultural Affairs. That’s down 90 percent from the $25 million allocated last year. 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 Commissioners
Palm Beach County Senators and Representatives (PDF – 2019)
Florida Senators and Representatives
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Research & Reports

Arts & Cultural Impact for Palm Beach County Florida - cover Arts & Cultural Impact in Palm Beach County – By the Numbers

Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

Download the Pamphlet »

Arts Education Impact in Palm Beach County - Key FindingsArts Education Impact in Palm Beach County

Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

Key Survey Findings »

Lake Worth Beach Arts & Cultural Master Plan 2018Arts & Cultural Master Plan for Downtown Lake Worth Beach

The City of Lake Worth Beach and the Lake Worth Beach CRA

See the Plan »

Palm Beach County & Florida DCA Funding: 5-year History InfographicPalm Beach County and Florida DCA Funding: 5-year History

Florida Cultural Alliance

See the Infographic »

Economic Impact of Cultural Tourism in Palm Beach County (FY2017)

Results from FY 17 Category B and C-II Organizations Attendee Surveys and Spending Data
Summary | Full Report

Arts and Economic Prosperity 5

Americans for the Arts

Cultural Advocacy Alliance

The purpose of the Palm Beach County Cultural Advocacy Alliance is to gather together the leaders of cultural organizations and the creative sector in Palm Beach County, with purpose, to discuss and act upon issues, projects, campaigns and initiatives of mutual benefit to the respective cultural organizations and to the people who live in and visit Palm Beach County.

This committee is an extension of the Cultural Council’s advocacy work – an integral part of a local arts service agency’s mission – and also includes Council board members and representatives from other advocacy partners from around the county.

This collaborative work will ensure that the arts and culture sector is relevant to the community, its leaders and its citizens, a fact that will be evident because culture will be included in long range plans, funding plans, and important community decisions.

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Cultural Advocacy Groups

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