Cultural Conversation: Cultural Council Awards $4.37 Million In Arts Grants


By: Dale King Contributing Writer

Tourist dollars offers a big boost to Florida’s economy. And in Palm Beach County, 33 cultural arts organizations will be splitting more than $4 million in cash spent by visitors to all parts of the Sunshine State.

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County has awarded $3.89 million in grants to 22 major institutions and $481,000 in grants to 11 mid-sized arts and cultural groups in Palm Beach County for fiscal year 2017-2018.  Its recommendations were approved by the Tourist Development Council of Palm Beach County’s Board of Directors at its May meeting.

“These grants are funded with hotel tax dollars and demonstrate the important role the cultural sector plays in supporting a strong tourism-based economy,” Rena Blades, the council’s president and CEO, said.

Major institutions in Boca Raton receiving Category B grants include the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, $86,863; Boca Raton Museum of Art, $209,453; FAU Foundation Inc. /Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, $137,067 and the Boca Raton Historical Society, $81,862. Organizations in Delray Beach receiving Category B grants were Old School Square Center for the Arts, $164,111 and The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, $181,976.

Other Category B grant recipients in the county were Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Loxahatchee River Historical Society, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Miami City Ballet, Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Palm Beach State College, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, SunFest of Palm Beach County, The Armory Art Center, The Society of the Four Arts, Inc. and Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society.

Mid-sized institutions receiving Category CII grants in Boca were the Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia, $34,090; Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park, $37,227 and the Boca Ballet Theatre Co., $35,906. Delray Beach-based Expanding and Preserving Our Cultural Heritage (EPOCH)/Spady Museum received $26,950.

Also: Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, Lake Worth Playhouse, Lighthouse ArtCenter, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Street Painting Festival, the Palm Beach Symphony Society, and Young Singers of the Palm Beaches.

The council promotes Palm Beach County’s cultural experiences to visitors and residents through multi-platform marketing and public information programs, including its one-of-a-kind Cultural Concierge service.

For a complete calendar of cultural activities in The Palm Beaches, visit or call 561-471-2901.