our history and mission....
The Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County, Inc., a non-profit 501 C3 organization, is the official Local Arts Agency dedicated to supporting and promoting local visual artists, musicians, theater groups, dance studios, writers and cultural organizations.
The purpose of the organization is to advocate, promote and develop the cultural climate of Charlotte County by promoting artists and arts organizations of all disciplines and encouraging the enjoyment and participation of our residents, students, and visitors.
It is recognized by the Charlotte County Government and the State of Florida as the Local Arts Agency. The Arts & Humanities Council is a member of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Network of Charlotte County, the Florida Cultural Alliance, the Florida Association of Local Arts Agencys, and the Americans for the Arts.
The Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County
is sponsored in part by Charlotte County Government.
The Council is Charlotte County's "Chamber of the Arts"!
Below is a list of our programs and accomplishments.
- The Cultural Calendar -an online calendar listing the events and programs of over 40 cultural organizations.
- Charlotte Arts - the executive director’s weekly newspaper column about what is happening culturally.
- Weekly Cultural Calendar – Publish a weekly event calendar which is emailed to the media, members and published on the Council’s website.
- Artists Directory – Council maintains a list of local artists, their mediums and contact info. It is also published on the website with links to artists own sites.
- Art in Public Places provides hundreds of artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in twenty-five public sites around the county – including the County Administration Building and the Justice Center. This also provides exposure to art by the general public and possibly people who might never go to an art museum.
- Café Philo - The Council sponsors seven philosophical discussion groups including Café Socrates, and Café Theo. Approximately 200 people participate in the weekly discussions. We have also given advice to other communities on organizing Café Philo’s in their localities.
- Art Therapy Program for Dementia Patients - The Council has developed a program to provide training and assistance to professional and family care givers to help people suffering from dementia express themselves artistically.
In 2012, twelve art therapy programs were established to serve participants in Adult Day Care, Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes in this community. The program continues to expand.
- Information Hub - Provide a venue to disseminate information for cultural organizations (brochures, posters, tickets) , individual artists (business cards and flyers), and arts related businesses.
- Artrain USA – twice the Council has brought Artrain USA, a museum on wheels, to the County most recently in 2007. Artrain USA brings nationally recognized works to communities that have no art museum. This event was free to the community.
- Charlie Awards – annual awards recognizing outstanding initiative, leadership, or excellence in supporting the arts or humanities or as an artist in Charlotte County. Nominees may be individuals such as patrons, volunteers, educators, or elected officials, or organizations such as arts groups, corporations, or public agencies.
- Letters of Support - The Council provides letters of support for grant proposals for various organizations including the Charlotte County Historical Center, the Library Division of Charlotte County, Keep Charlotte Beautiful, and the Visual Arts Center.
- Economic Impact Study - In 2008, the Council undertook an Economic Impact Study of non-profit cultural organizations in Charlotte County. This study was supported by the Charlotte Harbor Visitor and Convention Bureau, Enterprise Charlotte Foundation, Enterprise Punta Gorda, the Charlotte Players, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Sea Grape Gallery, the Visual Arts Center and the Arts & Humanities Council. The survey was devised by Americans for the Arts. It found that the Charlotte County non-profit arts community created 21 million dollars towards our economy. This does not include the for-profit activities of artists, musicians, writers, dancers and arts related businesses which we also support.
- Call to Artists - The Council sends “Call to Artists” to its membership. These are announcements of competitions for visual artists, writers and poets, and dancers. These are opportunities for the artists to compete for cash prizes and recognition.
- Workshops - The Council provides workshops for organizations and individuals when it sees a need. In the past, we have provided workshops in media, facilitating, and business practices for artists.
The Council provides leadership in planning and coordinating cultural events, arts education initiatives, and promotion of the cultural scen eand assists cultural planning, facilities and event development. It has worked and continue to work with the following organizations:
Charlotte County Government
- Developed a Call to Artists and assisted with competition to purchase artwork for the Public Safety Building.
- Assisting Charlotte County Historical Center with exhibits.
- Helped new Event Center identify artist for lobby art.
- Select “Artist of the Month” for BCC recognition.
- Assisting the Libraries Division with the “Big Read”, a community-wide event reading event and annual photography contests.
Charlotte Harbor Visitor and Convention Bureau
- Found artist to design County submission to the Gaylord Hotel Annual Christmas Wreath exhibit.
- Sit on the 2011 Tourism Teams, a series of discussions about the future of tourism in Charlotte County.
- Assist when needed as a host for travel writers.
Charlotte County Public Schools
- Committee to design the Center for Performing Arts and Education.
- Provide monetary prizes to the Annual High School Art Exhibit.
Charlotte County Airport Authority – Developed call to artists, supervised contest, researched foundries for the Bailey Brothers Terminal plaque.
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
Work with Leadership Charlotte for over ten years.
Executive Director sits on the Government Affairs Committee.
Team Punta Gorda
- Bridging the Waters banner contest
Spirit of Punta Gorda – Sponsored the Anniversary Event and Sculpture, acted as treasurer for the event
Visual Arts Center – Sponsor the Student Film prize at the Peace River Film Festival.
Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Gardens – Council supports the development of the gardens and Executive Director acts as liaison to the “Friends of the Gardens” support organization
Charlotte Community Foundation Grant Advisory Committee. The Executive Director sits on this committee since its inception. This included developing the grant guidelines and reviewing submitted grants for the last three years.
Keep Charlotte Beautiful - The Council assisted in developing KCB's annual calendar art contest for school students. It provided advice and judges.
In addition, the Arts & Humanities Council acts as a resource for residents, visitors, students, business and governmental entities on all things culturally in the county.
No other organization in the county – whether business, non-profit or governmental, is as all encompassing in its support of the arts of our community.