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Florida Department of State Launches Statewide Tour to Highlight the Economic Impact of Arts and Culture in Florida


Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that the Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs will partner with local agencies across the state to host the Arts and Economic Prosperity in Florida Tour, which will feature regional meetings and events to highlight the $4.68 billion economic impact of Florida’s diverse arts and culture industry and discuss how to use these results to help strengthen communities at the local level.

“Americans for the Arts’ latest study, Arts and Economic Prosperity 5, illustrates the enormous impact that arts and culture have on our state’s economy,” said Secretary Detzner. “With more than 132,000 jobs supported and $492.3 million in local and state government revenue generated, arts and culture help make Florida a great place to live, work and play. We are proud to announce this series of events to celebrate and spread the word about the importance of not-for-profit arts and culture in every corner of the Sunshine State.”

The regional meetings will focus on sharing methods and strategies for organizations to best use the results of the study in their own work and advocacy efforts, as well as highlighting successful local programs and organizations.

The tour will include stops in Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, Tallahassee and Pensacola. A full schedule is below and more details will be released in the coming weeks for each event.

  • August 30, 2017 – Jacksonville
  • October 4, 2017 – Orlando
  • November 2017 (Date TBA) – Miami
  • January 23-25, 2018 – Tallahassee
  • March 2018 (Date TBA) – Pensacola

In addition to the regional tour events, grant workshops will be held in rural areas of the state to educate communities on the grant opportunities available through the Division of Cultural Affairs to support the efforts of local cultural organizations. The grant workshops will also provide information about the results of Arts and Economic Prosperity 5. More information on the grant workshops, including dates and locations, will be announced soon.

Visit our website for more information on the economic impact of the arts, including local studies. To view the Arts and Economic Prosperity 5: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations and Their Audiences in the State of Florida report, please click here.

For more information on the Division of Cultural Affairs, please visit




About the Division of Cultural Affairs
The Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs is Florida’s legislatively designated state arts agency. The Division promotes the arts and culture as essential to quality of life for all Floridians. To achieve its mission, the Division funds and supports cultural programs that provide artistic excellence, diversity, education, access and economic vitality for Florida’s communities. For more information, visit