Arts & Culture Work for Palm Beach County

The Cultural Council believes that arts and culture in The Palm Beaches builds a stronger economy and drives tourism; unites and engages communities; and enhances education at every level. This is the foundation of the Council’s advocacy program and what motivates strategies and tactics to securing/maintaining funding at the national, state, and local levels; outreach to business and community leaders; and support for arts education for K-12 students.

At-A-Glance

  • The sector generates $633 million in economic impact annually and creates 14,212 FTE jobs.
  • Cultural organizations are tourism generators. The sector attracts 3.9 million visitors annually and, as part of their experience, they dine in restaurants, shop in nearby stores, and fill nearly 300,000 hotel room nights. Cultural tourists spend 71% more than residents.
  • Arts and culture contribute to quality of life and is used as a selling point by the Business Development Board for business recruitment and relocation.
  • Cultural organizations enhance education and inspire students and families alike. In FY19, cultural organizations provided 760,000 educational experiences and 82,000 instructional hours to students in Palm Beach County.

Arts Advocacy News

The Arts Mean Business Luncheon with Randy Cohen

Randy Cohen - Arts Mean Business Luncheon

Business Development Board of Palm Beach County

Posted: January 12, 2018
In December, the Cultural Council hosted a special luncheon at the Kravis Center in partnership with the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. The theme of the luncheon was “The Arts Mean Business,” and the keynote speaker was Randy Cohen of Americans for the Arts, who announced the findings of a new economic impact study (AEP5) that revealed arts and culture generate $633 million in economic impact in Palm Beach County. Read more »

Attend Florida Tourism Day 2018

Florida Tourism Day

VISIT FLORIDA

Posted: January 3, 2018
Do not miss the opportunity to join your tourism colleagues on January 17, 2018 in Tallahassee to educate the legislature, media and all Floridians about the importance of Florida’s tourism industry. Together, let’s share the positive economic impact of tourism to Florida and to its residents as well as how crucial it is to support […] Read more »

Arts Sector Harmed in Tax Bills

Americans for the Arts Action Fund - senate photo

Americans for the Arts - Action Fund

Posted: 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

Posted: 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

Posted: 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

Posted: 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

Posted: 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

Posted: 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 »

TAKE ACTION

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 Legislative Delegation
Florida Government Policy Makers
Find Your House Representative
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Research & Reports

Division of Arts & Culture Grants Leave-Behind Document, January 2022

We encourage members of the cultural sector to reach out to their Florida Senate and House district representative to advocate for full funding of the Division of Arts & Culture matching grant program.
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COVID-19 Impact on the Cultural Sector, January 2021

COVID-19 Impact on the Cultural Sector - Jan 2021See the devastating impact that COVID-19 and accompanying shutdowns have had on the cultural industry at local, statewide, and national levels.
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The Economic Impact of Cultural Tourism in Palm Beach County (FY2019)

View the results from the FY19 Attendee Surveys and Spending Data from Category B and C-II Organizations
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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 »

 

FCA Legislative Platform HandbookLegislative Platform Handbook

Florida Cultural Alliance

Read the Handbook »

 

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: