The average visitor expects three things from a their trip to Florida’s Space Coast: surf, sand and exceptional seafood. With our coast’s diverse culture scene, it’s no wonder that these visitors often walk away with their expectations far exceeded!
From the annual Native Rhythms Festival to the King Center for the Performing Arts to the American Police Hall of Fame, the culture scene of our coast has a little something for every type of traveler. Each of these attractions and events contribute to the significant amount of tourism dollars coming into Brevard County each year.
To help these programs better market themselves to vacationers which, in turn, will better position Brevard County as a blossoming cultural center, the county’s Tourist Development Council provides marketing support to local nonprofit arts and cultural groups. Programs granted funds from the Council are asked to demonstrate how their organization or activity supports an increase in overnight visits to the Space Coast.
Recently, 16 arts and cultural organizations in the area were approved for the latest round of grants. They will be sharing $150,000 in funding drawn from the county’s 5-percent Tourist Development Tax on hotel rooms and other short-term rentals. These advertising/marketing dollars will be provided to the various groups during the fiscal year 2018-2019, which began Oct. 1.
The funding recipients and their respective grant amounts (listed in alphabetical order) includes: American Police Hall of Fame & Museum, $9,057; American Space Museum, $10,184; Cocoa Beach Main Street, $6,630; Foosaner Art Museum, $8,487; Greater Titusville Renaissance, $8,977; Henegar Center for the Arts, $9,322; Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, $10,714; Indiafest, $8,460; King Center for the Performing Arts, $9,189; Melbourne Art Festival, $10,476; Melbourne Main Street, $8,752; Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures, $6,935; Native Heritage Gathering Inc. and Native Rhythms Festival, $10,210; Space Coast Art Festival, $10,515; Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, $11,377; Titusville Playhouse, $10,714.