Forty years ago, Palm Beach County was called a ‘cultural desert.’ Today, it is home to more than 200 arts and cultural organizations that produce over 42,000 events annually, generate $633 million in economic impact and employ over 14,000 people. These organizations are a cornerstone of tourism. They attract audiences, spur business development, support jobs and increase government revenue.
The Cultural Advocacy Alliance is a group of executives from large and small organizations across the county in the areas of arts, sciences and historic preservation. Supported by the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, the group meets regularly to discuss important issues and challenges in the sector to find solutions together.
The Cultural Advocacy Alliance is currently exploring public funding opportunities to help support the more than 30 arts and cultural expansions or capital improvement projects being planned over the next decade. As the county’s population grows and more tourists visit every year; cultural organizations must keep up with the demands of increasing attendance so that local residents and visitors can continue to appreciate exhibitions, experience an event, or enjoy a performance. Public funding is critical.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of the 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.
The Cultural Advocacy Alliance will be led by Dave Lawrence, CEO of the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, and supported by the ex-officio members of the Council Board of Directors (currently Jack Lighton, Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Davicka Thompson, Thompson Creative Collective) and select members of the Council staff (Jennifer Sullivan, Chief Marketing Officer and Bama Lutes Deal, Cultural Concierge Program Manager).
2018 Cultural Assessment Report
The Cultural Advocacy Alliance initiated a survey seeking updated information related to the construction of new, expanded and/or renovated cultural facilities and campuses countywide. The Cultural Assessment Report provides an overview of the arts and cultural sector’s plans related to capital improvements in the coming decade.
Read the Report