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40th Anniversary

The Arts Council is celebrating 40 Years of Making Martin County a Place for the Arts!

History timeline of Arts Council milestones and accomplishments over the last 40 years.

The Arts Foundation for Martin County is hosting the 40th Anniversary Celebration, Carnevale di Martin, to celebrate the Arts Council's 40 years of service to the community.  Below are just a few highlights of the 40 years of programs, events and initiatives.

  • Embracing Arts Education since 1987, notably with the Marvin S. Cone High School Juried Art Show

  • Celebrating the accomplishments of individuals in the arts

  • Promoting and supporting the cultural sector through research and advocacy

  • Launching and sustaining the largest community celebration  of the arts, ArtsFest, since 1988

  • Sponsoring and managing Court House Cultural Gallery Exhibitions and programs since 1990

  • Presented the LunchBox Concerts, the first series on the Riverwalk

  • Created the mARTies Awards to celebrate artists and arts patrons while inspiring students

  • Initiated the first women’s giving circle in Martin County, Women Supporting the Arts, to bring a local source of funding to artists and arts programs

  • Led the EcoArt movement since 2009 marrying the arts with the environment

  • Successfully lobbied Martin County to create a Public Art Ordinance

  • Presenting programming that celebrates World Cultures

  • Cultural Conversations & Inspired By… to engage and connect artists and those who love the arts in conversation and dialogue enriching their connection to the arts

  • Presenting Sunset Concerts at the Gallery providing a free evening of music and exposure to many talented local musicians, including many local young musicians

  • Created Cultural Excursions with a trip to Tanglewood in 2018, Santa Fe in 2019, and Chicago in 2020

  • Launched programming to aid in a community effort to increase literacy among our youngest residents through Story Time in the Gallery

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