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Whether you are an artist or someone who simply appreciates the arts you make a difference when you support the Arts Council. This year your support is valued more than ever. The drastic state budget cut to the arts has depleted our budget with a shortfall of nearly $15,000 from prior years.

This lack of funding has unfortunate consequences.

Plein Air Arts Day will be a sad casualty of these budget cuts. Offered yearly since 2012 this arts education program will not be presented by the Arts Council in 2019. Each year Plein Air Arts Day provided 80 high school students with a day of artistic instruction with professional artists—free of charge. The omission of this grant-funded program not only affects the students but also the professional artists who were hired and paid for their services.

It is now more important than ever for individuals like you in our community to step up and support the arts. With your help the arts education programs we provide can continue. Please consider a tax deductible gift this #GIVINGTUESDAY and make a difference in celebration of the arts!

Thanksgiving Holiday

Give thanks with a grateful heart.

From all of us at the Arts Council, we are grateful for your support today, and every day.

So the staff and volunteers can enjoy their Thanksgiving Holiday weekend with family and friends, we will be closed November 22-25.

The Florida Council on Arts and Culture is the 15-member advisory council appointed to advise the Secretary of State regarding cultural grant funding and on matters pertaining to culture in Florida.

Appointments to the Council are determined by the Governor, President of the Senate and Speaker of the House, in consultation with the Secretary of State. The Governor manages seven seats that serve four-year terms. The President and Speaker manage four seats each, with terms of two years. The appointments are based on geographic representation, as well as demonstrated history of community service in the arts and culture.

Check out their new bi-monthly series which spotlights each of the members - this month featuring our own Nancy Turrell!