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Local Arts Agency
The City of Gainesville's Division of Cultural Affairs is the designated Local Arts Agency for Alachua County, and provides a variety of services to Alachua and surrounding counties. These services include cultural planning, cultural tourism planning, grants administration and technical assistance. The Division Cultural of Affairs also administers Destination Enhancement funds for Alachua County and the Visitors and Convention Bureau.CAB logo

Liaison for the Arts
The Gainesville/Alachua County Cultural Affairs Board (CAB) acts as both the board of directors for the Local Arts Agency and the cultural advisory board to the City and County Commissions. The Board works with staff to better promote the arts in Alachua County. Duties of the CAB include reviewing grant applications and making funding recommendations for the City's Outside Agency grants program and Arts License Tag Programs. The Board is instrumental in the development of the Cultural Plan, the Cultural Tourism Plan and also in recognizing contributions to the arts. For an application for the City of Gainesville CAB or Alachua County CAB.

Download 2014 Gainesville/Alachua County Cultural Affairs Board Award Nominations

Cultural Literature
Want to know more about a local festival? Visit the Thomas Center. Several areas in our front hall serve as outlets for local arts organizations to distribute information about their upcoming events. A receptionist directly inside the Center leads visitors to the information and answers any questions.

Co-sponsoring Local Artists at the Historic Thomas Center
Local artists may have up to four events per calendar year at the Thomas Center sponsored by the Division of Cultural Affairs at greatly reduced rental cost. Cultural events such as music, performing arts, and lectures are included. Local nonprofit organizations may contract with artists outside the Alachua County area to perform a cultural event at the facility.x

Tours of the Historic Thomas Center
To help local school children better envision the 1920's, they are given purses and bow ties during yearly tours sponsored by the Thomas Center Associates. The children are transported back in time through visits to period rooms and the Center's surrounding gardens, and they celebrate the present by visiting the galleries. After they tour the facility, the children are taken on a walking tour through the Northeast Historic District, where different architectural styles are identified. The Thomas Center Associates fund this program.

Want to be a part of the Historic Thomas Center?
Consider joining the Thomas Center Associates. The mission of this support organization is to support for the Thomas Center for the Arts in both education and beautification.  Of particular interest are restorations of the Period Rooms, interpretive programs and guided tours for Alachua County third grade students, the Spring Promenade tour of historic homes, the Jingle Bell Ball and other Yuletide activities, as well as on-going landscaping of the gardens.

Visit the their website for more information.


Art in Public Places Program
APPT is a five-member City/County appointed committee established for 1% allocation of each public construction and major renovation project. The APPT oversees the purchase of public art. The board submits recommendations to the City Commission regarding the implementation of the City public art master plan and management of the art in public places trust fund. APPT projects include the "Solar Walk" on NW 8th Ave., "A Gainesville Family Portrait" at City Hall, a mural in the M.L.K. Multipurpose Center, "Rejoined" at the SW 5th Ave. Triangle, and "Indigenous" at the Gainesville Regional Airport, among others. More information on APPT...

The Gainesville-Alachua County Cultural Affairs Board Arts Awards recognize those individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts in our community.

  • Lennie Kesl Lifetime Arts Award is presented to an individual who has made significant and sustained contributions to the arts over a number of years.
  • Individual Arts Award is presented annually to an individual who has contributed significantly to the arts in the city and county in the last calendar year (2015).
  • Business Arts Award is presented to a business that has contributed significantly to the arts in the city and/or county by offering or sponsoring arts events.

The nomination form can be downloaded here.

The Gainesville-Alachua County Art in Public Places Trust Public Art Award recognizes those artists, art sponsors, other individuals and entities that have made significant contributions to the enhancement of the greater environment through public art. The nomination form can be downloaded here.

Richard Heipp,A Gainesville Family Portrait,
mixed media


This art segment highlights some of the City of Gainesville’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs’ community based cultural resources while exploring the visual environment, the importance of the arts and the historic Thomas Center.  Enjoy!




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