Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

Promoting arts and culture through programs, services and the Museum of Florida History.

About Us

Strategic Planning

Throughout 2014, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs is undertaking an initiative to develop a new strategic plan. The current plan, Culture Builds Florida's Future, is scheduled to end this year and can be accessed at the bottom of this page. As we gather information and solicit input for a new plan that will guide the Division through the year 2020, we will be meeting in different parts of the state, organizing listening sessions in your communities, and asking for your input in various ways.

2020 Visioning Task Force

In order to launch a new five-year plan in 2015, the Division has assembled a task force of arts and cultural leaders from throughout the state. The members of the task force include:

Jackie Cornelius
Xavier Cortada
Katharine Dickenson
Malinda Horton
Morgan Lewis
Sherron Long
Hope McMath
Janeen Mason
Donna McBride
Bill Nix
Gaylen Phillips
Sandy Shaughnessy
Jill Sonke
Michael Spring
Martha Steinkamp
Tim Storhoff
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
Florida International University
Florida Council on Arts and Culture
Florida Association of Museums
Division of Cultural Affairs staff
Florida Cultural Alliance
Cummer Museum
Artist, Citizens for Florida Arts
Straz Center
Bill Nix Communications
Division of Cultural Affairs staff
Division of Cultural Affairs Director
Center for the Arts in Medicine at UF
Miami-Dade County Division of Cultural Affairs
Smithsonian Fellow
Division of Cultural Affairs staff
Palm Beach
Palm Beach


Upcoming Meetings and Events

April 28 & 29—Task Force Meeting, Jacksonville
June 9—Task Force Meeting, Tampa

Dates for listening sessions are coming soon. For specific time and location information, contact Morgan Lewis (morgan.lewis@dos.myflorida.com; 850.245.6356).

2004–2014 Strategic Plan

Culture Builds Florida's Future

Culture Builds Florida's Future Book Cover

Culture Builds Florida’s Future (pdf) is the Florida Council on Arts and Culture’s strategic plan for the continuing development of arts and culture in the State of Florida and the tremendous benefits they bring to the state’s economy. The plan is a product of extensive input from the business community and the cultural constituency.

By focusing on the four key areas of Strengthening the Economy, Learning and Wellness, Design and Development, and Leadership, arts and cultural heritage have been positioned as key partners in addressing the state’s most prominent issues: education, tourism, economic development, healthcare, and life long experiences for our youth and seniors. Collaboratively, these issues all lead to more creative communities and increased quality of life. Florida is truly gifted with rich cultural treasures. Therefore, the goal is to continually educate our citizens and visitors alike on the abundance of cultural resources available to them statewide and the positive impact these resources bring to the state.

The Vision Areas

Strengthening the Economy

At the heart of this vision area is a simple question: "What can arts and culture do for business and what can business do for arts and culture?" Activities that reflect this vision may:

  • Share cultural tourism dollars
  • Make certain that arts and culture are included in local and regional development and growth plans
  • Encourage international cultural relationships

Promoting Learning and Wellness

Numerous studies have shown that arts and culture play a significant role in student education and in lifelong learning and well-being for all people. An organization promoting learning and wellness might:

  • Offer quality educational activities
  • Develop model programs
  • Encourage lifelong learning
  • Remove accessibility barriers
  • Promote physical and mental good health for all ages through cultural programming
  • Assist in developing communities that promote diverse populations

Building Leadership

By forming working partnerships, cultural advocates and government leaders can lead the way, working together to incorporate the arts and culture into public policy for every Floridian. Examples include:

  • Communicate the public value of arts and culture
  • Explore and create public/private partnerships
  • Create partnerships with local industries that overlap with culture (chambers of commerce, libraries, film commissions, convention and visitor bureaus) as well as cultural businesses (entertainment, music stores, dancewear companies) and adjunct businesses such as coffee shops, restaurants, and hotels

Advancing Design and Development

Attractive parks, vibrant downtowns, lively neighborhoods, well-preserved historic structures and districts all contribute to creating a healthy, livable environment. Examples include:

  • Foster strong design elements in local community public areas
  • Encourage city/county planners to include arts and culture in comprehensive and growth plans
  • Promote art in public places