Why the Art and Culture Center matters
The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is the largest arts organization in Hollywood, impacting more than 60,000 people through its programs and venues in the 2009 Fiscal Year (FY09).
- The Center has been designated a Major Cultural Institution by the Broward County Cultural Division and is one of just seven — out of 550 cultural organizations in the county — to achieve this status.
- Major Cultural Institution status is achieved by averaging more than $1 million in revenues over three consecutive years of exhibitions, programs, events or performances open to the general public in Broward County. A Major Cultural Institution must also have a 10-year uninterrupted history of providing services.
- More than 3,500 people will attend up to 25 youth arts presentations — gallery exhibitions and live stage performances — in 2010, showing strong family involvement in the Center’s programs.
- Nearly all of the $1.1 million-plus the Center spends annually to carry out its mission impacts local businesses, non-profits, and residents.
- The Center received 6,056 column-inches of coverage in print publications in FY09, equating to $454,256 of promotional copy (non-profit rate, if paid). None of this coverage was controversial or in any way detrimental to the City of Hollywood.
- In FY10, the Center will present 15 gallery exhibitions; more than 60 youth education classes, program sessions and/or public presentations; and eight live stage performances or film screenings. This represents more than 80 separate events and activities presented by the Center year-round.
- In 2010, approximately 7,000 children will experience the arts through the Center’s gallery exhibitions, live performances, and education programs. More than 6,700 will do so for free or for less than $5.
- The Center’s programs are needed more than ever due to the reductions in arts teachers in public schools and the recent closing of the Arts Academy of Hollywood and the Hollywood Playhouse.
- 6 of the 13 elementary schools that serve Hollywood residents don’t have an art teacher on campus. Three of our five middle schools don’t have an art teacher.
- Enrollment for the Center’s fee-based youth education programs typically operate at capacity. About 400 youth will participate in Summer Arts Camp, Portfolio Academy, and After-School Musical Theater in 2010.
- The Center provides more than 1,000 hours of direct arts instruction to more than 2,000 youth ages 6-18 each year. This includes over 1,500 children in Broward County Public Schools who receive instruction in the visual arts through our Distance Learning digital broadcasts.
- Each year, up to 75 children in our fee-based after-school and summer camp programs — 21 to 25% of total enrollment — receive financial aid valued at more than $10,000.
The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported in part by its members, admissions, private entities, the City of Hollywood, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. We welcome donations from all members of the community who wish to support our work.