The Arts Council is the local umbrella arts agency that provides a unified voice for all the cultural organizations and activities in Tampa and Hillsborough County and promotes the good news about the cultural vitality of our community to a national audience.
What We Do
The Arts Council is committed to lead the charge to ensure a healthy environment for arts and culture in this community for generations to come. We galvanize widespread support for arts and culture while also providing grants, unified marketing efforts, research, and advocacy to help our entire cultural community thrive.
Why We Matter
Our efforts play a vital role in making Tampa and Hillsborough County more appealing to new residents, tourists, and employers looking for a new home.
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.