No one can argue that arts and culture are essential to education. Studies are abundant and consistently prove immediate impacts that include increased student engagement, reduced disciplinary actions, improved school engagement and morale. Long-term benefits lead to higher levels of academic success and a narrowing of the achievement gap. Palm Beach County’s cultural facilities offer programs that are an extension of classrooms.
Lucky for us, Palm Beach County is home to more than 200 arts and cultural organizations that provide more than 42,000 offerings each year resulting in 3.3 million people in audiences last year. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s latest “Educational Guide to Art and Culture in Palm Beach County” featured more than 75 organizations offering curriculum-based programming for pre-K thru 12th grade through in-house education, outreach, field experiences, performances, festivals and school partnerships
- Local cultural nonprofits provided more than 700,000 distinct field trips and outreach opportunities last year to K-12 students from all over Palm Beach County.
- More than 50 percent of these educational opportunities were free to the children and almost all of them were heavily subsidized by the cultural organizations to ensure universal access.
- Cultural nonprofits are an extension of the classroom and integral to the curriculum of our public and private schools.
- Half of the organizations surveyed offer FREE programming to students in some form
- 90%+ of cultural organizations surveyed report significant subsidies to their education programs exceeding discounts representing 80% of the actual cost
- Kravis Center STAR series: cost to student $5 per performance
- Palm Beach Zoo: cost of student admission $7.75, actual $32.00
- Norton Museum of Art: cost of student admission FREE, actual $75. And buses are provided FREE
- Boca Raton Museum of Art: Education Mornings FREE
- The Center for Creative Education: in school programming (FREE), afterschool programming (FREE), in-house programming (FREE for 85% of students), actual costs for in school ($133 per child), afterschool ($65 per child), in-house ($900 per child, 32 weeks in total)
- Dramaworks provides FREE theater admission to PB County school children
- Miami City Ballet performances at the Kravis are FREE to PB County school children
- Loggerhead Marinelife Center – 45,000 (fee reduced by 80%)
- Norton Museum of Art – 15,000 (FREE)
- South Florida Science Museum – 100,000 (FREE for Title One)
- Kravis Center – 76,000 ($5 for a performance)
Organizations like the Norton Museum and Kravis also offer teacher training regularly.
In addition, 715,599 K-12 students served last year through general admission, classes, family/weekend programming, camps, field trips, school partnerships, and outreach (tourists and repeat visitation included)
Be sure to support local education, and the numerous cultural attractions that provide students in the Palm Beaches with a well rounded education, a better understanding of the outside world, and help make them better people in general.