The Arts Council provides a wide variety of programs for the benefit of the Martin County community. These programs support our mission and vision by integrating the arts in our community and making them meaningful to people's lives. The Council believes strongly that educating our youth about art is vitally important to their creative development, in addition to strengthening their leadership skills and improving their academic work. Included in these programs is an artist in residence at Hobe Sound Elementary supported by the Hobe Sound Community Chest, Picture People, and more. More than 1600 students every school year are reached through these programs.
In addition to supporting arts education, the Council also provides grants for outreach programs which bring the arts to underserved areas of our community and populations. For example, the Council on Aging has received funding to bring an arts therapist to work with the Alzheimer's patients in their adult day care program. The Council also partners with Martin Memorial Health Systems to highlight the advantages of the arts as people heal their hearts, minds and bodies.
A new film series presented by The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers was brought to Stuart by the Friends of the Blake Library, the Arts Council and the Martin County Tourist Development Council in 2009-10. The films were viewed at the John F Armstrong Wing @ the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida. Filmmakes remained after the film presentations for discussion with attendees about the films.