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 Coalition 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 of Palm Beach County, the group meets regularly to discuss important issues and challenges in the sector to find solutions together.

The Coalition 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 Coalition is to gather the leaders of the nonprofit cultural organizations together regularly and routinely, 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 collaborative work will insure that the Cultural Sector is relevant to the community, its leaders and its citizens, a fact that will be evident because the Cultural Sector will be included in long range plans, funding plans, and important community decisions.


Cultural Coalition - Chamber of the PB - Capehart Photography

Pictured (left to right): Irvin Lippman, Hope Alswang, Lew Crampton, Bridget Baratta

Co-chairs

  • North: Jack Lighton, President and CEO, Loggerhead Marinelife Center
  • Central: Lew Crampton, President, South Florida Science Center & Aquarium
  • Central: Bridget Baratta, Chief Development Officer, Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
  • South: Irvin Lippman, Executive Director, Boca Raton Museum of Art

2018 Cultural Assessment Report

The Cultural Coalition 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