Saturday, May 24, 2008

Orlando Arts and Culture

Orlando and Orange County Arts and Culture
Orlando's arts community is, strong and growing." The budget of all arts organizations is $25 million annually. The quality of what the community receives for this investment is extraordinarily high.
Two organizations need to be mentioned:
Central Florida Performing Arts Alliance

The Central Florida Performing Arts Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit member organization that advances theatre, dance and music through informing, advocating and nurturing relationships on behalf of the performing arts community. The Performing Arts Alliance serves roughly 500 individual artists and 85 producing companies in Central Florida.

United Arts of Central Florida

United Arts of Central Florida is a dynamic collaboration that includes regional corporations, small business, local governments, arts organizations, museums, artists, school districts and individuals. They work to enhance the quality and diversity of cultural experiences available throughout Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Since its inception in 1989, United Arts has invested over $74 million in local cultural organizations and cultural education.

Above information from Performing arts council site at:

The following stats include Orlando and communities within 25 miles-Kissimmee-Winter Park-Maitland

Museums and Culture

There are 32 museums

Dance and theatre

There are 34 facilities

Performing arts-schools-instruction (music to ballet)

There are 35 facilities

Art Galleries/ Visual Arts 

There are over 150 galleries

Antique stores

There are over 210 Antique stores

Orlando Symphony Orchestra

3710 Neptune Dr, Orlando, FL 407-228-8414

To see lists and addresses go to or www,

Some local highlights include the following:

The artistic director of the Orlando Ballet, Fernando Bujones, is internationally renowned in ballet circles.

Orlando is home to one of the top orchestras in the state. 

Orlando is home to the top opera in the state. 

The Morse Museum is internationally known for its Tiffany Glass collection. 

The City of Orlando’s Public Arts division curates three galleries, all of which are free to the general public. Two of the galleries are located in Orlando’s City Hall; the third is housed within the historic Harry P. Leu Gardens Garden Home. 

The Florida Film Festival in Orlando has been ranked among the top 10 festivals in the world by The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, 2nd Edition. 

The Zora Neale Hurston Festival is an internationally known celebration of the cultural contributions that Africa-descended people have made to the United States and to world culture. 

The Orlando Museum of Art boasts a renowned permanent collection and has played host to many world-famous traveling exhibits, including American glass artist Dale Chihuly, China’s Ming Dynasty Collection, and American folk painter Grandma Moses. In the past, they have hosted the Ming Exhibit, among others. 

Orlando annually hosts the Orlando Broadway Series, Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival and the Festival of Orchestras.

The Orlando Fringe Festival is a well-known, off-beat cultural event.

We are also home to professional sports and the annual Capital One Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl games.

In conclusion, a good tax base and income from visitors and new residents means an expanding arts program. Arts and culture is a very strong part of the Orlando experience.

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