St. Johns Cultural Council Fast Facts and ArtReaches

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The St. Johns Cultural Council has a proud 15-year history of promoting St. Johns County as a premier arts destination where the lives of both residents and visitors are enriched through arts and culture. We strive to build excellence within the arts and culture community for the benefit of residents and visitors alike. Through the generous support of the community, The St. Johns Cultural Council is proud to offer our ArtReaches programs:

ArtReaches Artists and Organizations

  • Grants
  • Professional Development Programs
  • Marketing and Promotional Support
  • Resource Library
  • Online Webinars
  • Advancement Workshops

The St. Johns Cultural Council assists local artists and arts organizations in obtaining financial assistance through local, state and federal grants. We provide professional and technical support to help them develop, market and promote local programs and events.

Our artist registry and online listing of arts organizations allows artists & organizations to develop collaborations and an online presence at no cost to them. Professional Development Workshops for local artists and arts organizations in areas such as marketing, strategic planning and audience development are offered to help artists and arts organizations build skills and capacity for local arts, culture and heritage programs. We have workshops that focus on marketing for the independent artist and some that are generously supported by the Art Ventures Endowment Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. Over 30 artists at a time attend these workshops, some of which are all-day events with guest national presenters.

ArtReaches Community

  • Art in Public Places
  • Public Concerts
  • Veterans Arts Programs
  • Art Awareness and Advocacy
  • Cultural Diversity Celebrated Through Arts and Heritage
  • ROWITA (Recognizing Outstanding Women in the Arts)
  • Sponsorship and Promotional Opportunities (for businesses and individuals)

The St. Johns Cultural Council promotes the development of arts institutions, community arts partners, cultural programs and activities and audiences within St. Johns County. As the local arts agency we are proud to support the work of many individuals and organizations throughout our community while offering support for programs that benefit community members of all ages. Businesses and individuals are able to invest in our work as sponsors. 

ArtReaches Lifelong Learners

  • Veterans Arts Programs
  • Art, Dance and Music Classes
  • Resource Library
  • Online Webinars
  • Writing Workshops

The St. Johns Cultural Council works with community and educational institutions to enhance and enrich the lives of community members of all ages.

For example, we offer performing arts programs for local children and adults through small and emerging organizations as well as individual artists. Programs have included painting classes for seniors at the St. Augustine Library and special outreach programs offered by the St. Augustine Orchestra.

Also in progress is a new veterans' arts initiative, which will provide arts programs and workshops for veterans to support their mental health and well-being. This involves partners at the Veterans Council, local hospitals, and Americans for the Arts.

ArtReaches Children

  • Arts Education in Public Schools
  • After-School Programs for At-Risk Youth
  • Sponsorship of Arts and Culture Programs and Activities
  • Scholarship Opportunities

The St. Johns Cultural Council supports artists, arts organizations and businesses in assisting the County's schools to enrich the lives of children of the County. Students who participate in the arts attend school more regularly, do better academically and have fewer incidents requiring detention or incarceration.

We offer arts education programs for children and underserved youth and professional development for teachers. Recipients have included the ACE afterschool arts program, the Limelight Theatre's Kidzfactory Jungle Book summer program and the ballet program at the Boys and Girls Club. Additionally, ROWITA (Recognizing Outstanding Women in The Arts) scholarships assist outstanding young women in pursuing arts studies at the college level. Each year three $500 scholarships are offered to deserving students.