The United Arts of Central Florida:
United Arts of Central Florida is a dynamic collaboration of 164 businesses, 8 governments and school districts, 38 foundations, more than 50 arts and cultural organizations, and 3,188 artists and individuals. This partnership works to enhance the quality and variety of cultural experiences available throughout Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Since its inception in 1989, United Arts has invested more than $117 million in local cultural organizations and cultural education. United Arts envisions a diverse, well-attended, fiscally sound arts and cultural community that serves residents and visitors to the Central Florida region.
Where does the money go?
Donations to United Arts of Central Florida support more than 50 arts, culture, history and science organizations, nearly 586,000 student experiences in arts education programs and hundreds of artists and arts administrators. Contributed dollars provide more than 2 million cultural experiences to residents and visitors in the Central Florida community. This includes larger arts and cultural organizations that receive general operating support from United Arts and smaller organizations that receive project grant funding. In addition, United Arts provides individual artists grants and arts education through contract service agreements.
Only about one-third of the amount required to keep the doors open at our arts and cultural institutions comes from ticket sales and sponsorships. United Arts provides ongoing support that is not earmarked for special activities. This operating support often complements community outreach programs, educational activities and helps keep ticket prices affordable for everyone.
How does this benefit Central Floridians?
Our Children: United Arts facilitates arts and cultural education programming that reaches students (grades K-12) in public schools within Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. This programming is conducted by the major cultural organizations of the region and is funded through government contracts as well as foundation and corporate support. This past year, funding through United Arts supported nearly 586,000 student experiences.
Our Economy: Arts and cultural organizations help define the ultimate value of our community and add to the image, reputation and quality of life of our community and for every dollar spent on the arts, approximately $10 in revenue is generated in related revenue to restaurants, hotels, retail sales, transportation, space rental and parking fees.
Our Community: The $117 million raised helps our cultural organizations reach into four counties and offer classes, performances, concerts, art appreciation programs, exhibits, dance lessons and more.
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