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Volunteer Appreciation

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. ~ Author Unknown

Looking forward to saying thank you in person tonight to the many people who helped during ArtsFest and throughout the rest of our year. Join us from 5-7 PM at Stuart Art Supply.

2018 WSA grant recipients include: Atlantic Classical Orchestra; Bach's Children Music School; Lynne Barletta, Artist & Art Curriculum Author; Duck in the Truck Puppets; Library Foundation of Martin County; Martin Artisans Guild; Jackie Robbins, Cellist & Music Therapist; The Lyric Theatre / Friends of the Lyric, Inc.; Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society; Treasure Coast Community Singers; Treasure Coast Music Teachers’ Association; Treasure Coast Youth Symphony; Tykes & Teens and Visionary School of Arts.

Today, over 600 dedicated arts supporters from across the United States have come together in Washington, D.C. for the 31st annual Arts Advocacy Day: The National Arts Action Summit — the only national event that brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations. These arts advocates represent a united effort to tell Capitol Hill how important the arts are to our communities, how much arts education means to our children, and how the arts improve our daily lives. Over 85 National Partner organizations have helped us shape this united arts message to Congress. You don't need to be in Washington, D.C. today to take action! Click here to reach your legislators, local newspapers and engage via social media.

Meet artists Guy Coheleach and Geoffrey Smith as they are encouraged to talk about their life, art, travels and more with moderator, Nerissa Okiye, Martin County's Director of Tourism.

Come out to hear Rick Gonzalez, AIA, President, REG Architects talk about historic buildings as placemaker anchors, at the Historic Jensen Beach Community Center. For information and to RSVP, call 772-221-4060.

A Year-End Wish List for the ARTS

The creative sector – artists, musicians, authors, actors and the organizations that support them - enrich our lives immensely with the passion they pour into our community. My wish is for you to support them during this holiday season through a gift of the arts!
Buy music, art, books and hand-made items by local craftspeople at locally-owned stores.
Purchase tickets and make a date to spend time with someone you care about at a concert, festival, play or other event that supports an arts organization.
Be philanthropic. Make an end of year charitable donation to the Arts Council or another favorite nonprofit in our community that fosters the arts. Give a gift in honor of someone you love who also cares about the arts.
Spark imagination. Be supportive of young people and their creativity! Nurturing creativity and imagination in our children is so important to their development and future as strong, creative and engaged adults.

Invitation to Be a DOCENT

If you love the arts and want to immerse yourself in a setting that is all about the arts, you might want to consider volunteering as a docent. Why volunteer? Well, here are a few reasons:
• Help others.
• Make a difference.
• Find purpose.
• Enjoy a meaningful conversation.
• Connect with your community.
• Feel involved.
• Contribute to a cause that you care about.
Specifically, docents at the Court House Cultural Center Gallery meet and greet visitors to the gallery, welcoming them to explore the exhibition and offering additional information as it is needed. Docents are the Gallery’s welcoming face to visitors and they get the opportunity to learn about the artists, the arts, and our creative sector along the way. No prior experience in the arts or as an artist is needed, all that’s required is an inquisitive mind and a willing hand. Docents also help with special projects that spring up throughout the day. They volunteer in three-hour shifts, Tuesday through Friday between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Help us help the community engage in the arts! Call to learn more or to sign up for your first shift. You can reach us at 772-287-6676.

Turrell appointed to Florida Council on Arts & Culture

Senate President Joe Negron appointed executive director, Nancy K. Turrell, to serve on the State's Council for Arts and Culture.

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.

Martin County’s Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry Generates $27,152,370 in Economic Activity and Supports 752 Jobs Annually According to Americans for the Arts. Arts Industry Returns $3,009,000 in Revenue to Local and State Coffers. (CLICK HEADLINE TO GET ONE PAGE SUMMARY)

The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $27,152,370 in annual economic activity in Martin County Florida—supporting 752 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $3,009,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.

The South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC) announced twelve (12) awards to preeminent South Florida artists through its 2015/2016 Visual and Media Artists Program. The Consortium, an alliance of the arts councils of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties, has recognized six individuals from Miami-Dade County, three from Broward County, two from Palm Beach County, and one from Monroe County. The awards are conferred at either the $15,000 or $7,500 level. These awards are among the largest such honors accorded by local arts agencies to visual and media artists in the United States.

The deadline for applications to the 2016/2017 SFCC Program for Visual and Media Artists is Monday, October 31, 2016. Artists interested in applying should visit

After five years of hard work by its board of directors which led to accomplishment of the goals in its strategic plan, The Arts Council of Martin County now has an endowed fund with the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Through a competitive selection process by the Foundation, the Arts Council of Martin County participated in a program that resulted in its being awarded a “Forever Arts” matching gift of $25,000 for an opening balance in a new endowment fund of $50,000. “The decision to participate in the Forever Arts campaign was an easy one,” commented Nancy Turrell, executive director. “Partnering with the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties through this campaign was ideal not only because of the matching funds but because of the resources we now have to help our donors meet their lifetime philanthropic dreams.”

"Lord of War" by Casey Witte, Martin County High School
The 2015 Best of Show award was also purchased by the Elliott Museum.

Learn about EcoArt on the day after Earth Day. Lucy will be offering pre and post "Conversations" Native Impressions(tm) for our guests. Come early, or plan to stay late. The hands on activities are scheduled for 1:30 and 3:00.

Artist Statement: Everything I do, everything around me, and all that I come in contact with, adds to my artistic reservoir that I draw from. The smallest things bring me wonder and I am always thirsty for more. Whether working in the studio, in the public realm or consulting on a project, I find I see things that are often overlooked. I am compelled to capture these ideas and concepts to accentuate their meaning and bring connections that have seemingly become lost. My master is our natural world and the creative spirit that resides within!

At the historic Court House Cultural Center, home of the Arts Council of Martin County.
Reservations Required. Seats are limited.

Support the Arts Council of Martin County with a gift during the community-wide 24-hour fundraiser. Midnight to Midnight on Tuesday, May 3rd you can make a gift to the Arts Council of Martin County via the Great Give Florida website and it will be amplified with bonus funds. Watch for more details as we highlight programs that will benefit from the funds raised during the Great Give for the Arts Council! Please be generous.

March 30, 2016

January 9th

Honoring artists who have given back to our community through teaching, mentoring, and civic involvement.

Whether you are a student, educator, parent, or principal, you can find a way to celebrate the arts in education during National Arts in Education Week: September 13-19, 2015!

South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Applications Available Now!

SFCC offers the largest regional, government-sponsored artists' grants in the United States, awarding $15,000 and $7,500 fellowships to resident visual and media artists from the counties of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach.

The deadline for applications is Friday, October 30, 2015, via CaFÉ™ at

The Encore Society is a group of individuals who support the Arts Council of Martin County's mission to inspire participation in and a passion for the arts in our community!

Starting this Fall, a new and exciting program to combine the fine and performing arts in one space is coming to the Court House Cultural Center Gallery!

If you know an adult or student (seniors in the upcoming school year only) who is deserving of this recognition – don’t delay, the deadline is just around the corner on May 30, 2015. Student recipients of a mARTies Award will also receive a $500 scholarship.

The Marvin S. Cone 29th Annual High School Juried Art Show recognizes the artistic talents of our high school students with an Awards Reception on Thursday, April 23 at the Court House Cultural Center Galleries. Their teachers, parents, school officials and sponsors of the event will be present for the awards presentation.

ArtsFest After Dark - CANCELLED due to Weather Conditions

ArtsFest After Dark and the Paella Party has been cancelled because of inclement weather. The Paella Party will be rescheduled for another date. All other ArtsFest activities are scheduled to take place as planned with a great weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

Meet our ‪#‎Chopped‬ chef's for ‪#‎ArtsFest2015‬! Chef Jake from ‪#‎ThePelicanCafe‬, Chef Steve from ‪#‎DiCapos‬, Chef Mark from ‪#‎ElliesDeli‬, and Chef Eric from ‪#‎IansTropicalGrill‬! Make sure to come on out Sunday March 29th at 1pm to see these fierce competitors go head to head with a mystery ingredient basket provided by ‪#‎NewEnglandFishMarket‬ and ‪#‎GroundFloorFarm‬!

A Sale from the Vaults of the Arts Council!
Plan to come and buy some great finds and bargains!
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 10 am to 4 pm
Court House Cultural Center