The Arts Council is an independent special district of Hillsborough County and its official state designation is Local Arts Agency. We are governed by a 15-member board of directors appointed by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. Our Board members serve four-year terms.
Arts Council services include grant programs for nonprofit cultural organizations, individual artist grants, arts-in-education programs in the Hillsborough County School District, an online calendar of art events in Tampa Bay, an online provider directory of cultural programming, monthly arts networking meetings, workshops and special events. The Arts Council also provides executive representation of the arts on local government committees, task forces and community outreach organizations.
The Arts Council works with local artists and arts organizations to support their cultural enrichment efforts; with the School Board of Hillsborough County to contract for artists in the schools programs; and our finance staff works closely with the Tampa Theatre, Community Stepping Stones, the Firehouse Cultural Center and other community outreach organizations as well as serving the Arts Council’s sister organization, Hillsborough Arts, Inc.
Related: Hillsborough County Cultural Plan – Hillsborough County’s comprehensive plan defines six long-range goals. Recommends actions and funding to develop culture in Hillsborough County.