Mission and History
The Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County — Charlotte Arts — is Charlotte County’s only “united arts” agency. Charlotte Arts celebrates and supports all artists — visual arts, performing arts, and humanities — as well as cultural organizations and businesses.
Our Mission Unites The Arts
The Arts Council strongly believes, and vigorously advocates that the arts improve the quality of life in our community, not only through the obvious beauty and thought provoking nature of art, but also as an economic engine within our community. The arts improve the quality of life in our community is a statement that is bigger than our organization. It requires us to continually reinvent ourselves to be relevant and creatively cutting edge in order to keep the importance and value of the arts in our community’s consciousness and to help our community thrive.
The Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County is a member-based non-profit organization that has been providing exceptional arts experiences and opportunities since 1990.
In 1986, Charlotte County government founded a cultural-based entity, which was given the name “Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County” in 1989.
By 1990 the Council was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and its first executive director was hired.
Nearly 30 years later, “Charlotte Arts”, as it is known by many, is a vibrant leader in The Arts community. Throughout its history it has organized art festivals, hosted several Artrain USA’s, held workshops and programs for many different types of arts and humanities, and provided arts grants to school teachers for unique, art-based educational programs. Over the years new programs have been created, including Art in Public Places, Café Philo (plus Theo and Socrates), Expressions from a Beautiful Mind for dementia patients, as well as support of many other important cultural events. Charlotte Arts is the Local Arts Agency for Charlotte County, as designated by both the State of Florida and the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners. Local Arts Agencies provide a wide range of programs and services to help support and enable arts and culture at the local level, serving artists and arts organization, local residents, visitors, and other partners.
“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”
— John F. Kennedy