Our Mission The Hernando County Fine Arts Council's mission is to encourage, promote, and support all the creative arts in Hernando County and provide a means to showcase the arts.
We do what we do only with the help of our friends and supporters who understand the importance of all the Arts in our community. We like to think they’re our partners in this fundamental concept which is central to any community’s identity. Because they have stood with us as we seek to achieve our Mission, we offer our sincere appreciation. They include:
Hernando County Board of County Commissioners
Hernando County Tourist Development Council
Capital City Bank
Florida Blueberry Festival
Florida Humanities Council
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
The Florida Legislature and the Florida Department of Highway, Safety and Motor Vehicles (through funds generated by sales of "Florida - State of the Arts" license plates)
Contact us to learn how you can become a supporting partner, too! Our History In 1982, a number of artists in Hernando and surrounding counties formed the Tri-County Professional Art League. In 1984, they decided they needed a way to display their work and established the very first Art in the Park Festival. On April 21, 1987, the Hernando County Fine Arts Council was created by the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners as authorized by Section 265.32, Florida Statutes, giving it a 30-year presence in the county. Strategic Planning In early 2017, the Arts Council participated in a strategic planning session to determine what future actions could be undertaken to achieve specific mission-level goals. The session included a discussion of the Council's vision for the future guided by its statutorily mandated responsibilities objectives, and priorities. The Arts Council also identified several factors it will need to consider as it moves forward in developing specific plans to meet its goals.
As a result of this planning, Council members are working toward increasing support to county artists and art groups, expanding outreach into the community, working with the education community to engage more children in art, expanding fundraising, and seeking space to showcase art. A Strategic Plan Implementation Team, consisting of four members of the Council, has responsibility for completing the strategic plan and developing a system to help guide the Council in putting the plan into action.