PNC Arts Alive

Southeast Florida

We've recently announced that we will award $300,000 over three years to arts organizations in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

PNC Arts Alive programming demonstrates that there is an artistic outlet for everyone, regardless of age, economic background, skill level and taste. Pop-up performances, mobile arts vans and the use of unusual venues are among the many initiatives supported through PNC Arts Alive and we're excited to help invigorate local arts organizations in Florida, while bringing new and exciting programs to our communities.

Application Information

Broward and Palm Beach County

The application window is currently closed for 2020.

Applicants will be notified via email on or around June 30, 2020 if your organization is selected to advance to the final round of grant application review. If selected to advance, applicants must complete the online grant application in PNC’s Cybergrants system. This secondary application in Cybergrants will be due on July 8, 2020 (specific instructions will be shared at a later date). The July 8 deadline is firm and organizations that do not meet this timeline will not be eligible for funding.

Did You Know?

PNC has pledged over $1 Million to area organizations since launching its initiative in Southeast Florida in 2016. To date we have supported 44 programs.


Meet Our Most Recent Grant Recipients

Broward County

All Florida Youth Orchestra
Music Steps – September 2019-August 2020
Music STEPS is an after school music education program provided during the school year and summer. Music STEPS has two components: preschool early child development music classes for 185 children, ages babies - five, and instrument instruction during after school hours, for 400 elementary school children in Title I schools. 80% of children served come from low income homes or foster placements, or in families struggling to meet basic needs. 185 early childhood participants will receive music education at Kids in Distress and New Mirawood Academy, which are social-service agencies. At both locations 38 weeks of activities are provided during school year, and six weeks of activities are provided in the summer.
Website: | Twitter: @fyoprez

planet eARTh: Cultivating Environmental Responsibility Through the Arts – October 2019-June 2020
From April to June 2020, ArtServe will deliver a multi-disciplinary exhibition of artistic works related to environmental protection. The exhibition includes featured works by renowned environmental artists who have a proven history of garnering media attention and strong public participation. Hundreds of works by Broward County emerging artists in all disciplines complement installations by accomplished artists, resulting in an immersive celebration of our environment through visual arts, film, dance, poetry and music. Included in the exhibition are creative works that highlight and bring awareness to the Florida Everglades, juxtaposed against performing and visual art works that ask audiences to consider the needs of our global environment and its inhabitants. Technology and listening stations located throughout the exhibition provide participants with facts, insights and actionable items that cultivate knowledge and individual participation in areas of conservation, climate protection, sustainability and environmental responsibility. Select exhibition days include a fully-realized performance that occurs in the auditorium and brings together the visual and performing arts to take audiences on journey through the Florida Everglades. At each performance, a spokesperson from the Florida Everglades will deliver a pre-show talk about the status of the region and the role arts education plays in teaching young people about environmental protection; audience members include underserved and underrepresented populations. More than 4,000 Broward County residents and 2,000 tourists will experience the exhibition, including 1,000 third-grade students from Title I public schools in the county's most economically distressed areas, persons with special needs and audience members of all backgrounds.
Website: | Twitter: @artserveinc

Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida
In Concert with Community – September 2019-June 2020
In Concert with Community will implement multiple strategies for connecting with communities of poverty. These strategies include building relationships, engaging participants and providing access. The first strategy is to build relationships by partnering with nonprofits serving low-income communities and expanding upon the relationships GMCSF has already developed. Through these partnerships they will send smaller ensembles to perform in low-income communities. The second strategy is to give voice to those in low-income communities who may not consider joining the Chorus due to the cost and/or perception that GMCSF is not for them. In Concert with Community will establish scholarships for up to 20 people from low-income communities who, after qualifying through the audition process, will be welcomed to sing with the Chorus. The third strategy of In Concert with Community is to connect under-served communities with GMCSF’s live concert experiences. Their music has its maximum impact in a full concert setting. With 130+ singers, orchestra and professional production, GMCSF’s music dramatically impacts audiences. In December 2017 and 2018, they offered a special community access program which welcomed more than 300 clients from local nonprofits to our holiday concerts. Their nonprofit contacts reported that the experience was extremely beneficial for their clients. In Concert with Community will repeat this experience in 2019–2020, providing a percentage of subsidized admissions for every concert series.
Website: | Twitter: @gmcsouthflorida

Hollywood Art and Culture Center
STEAM-Themed Free Arts! Family Days – September 2019-September 2020
STEAM-Themed Free Arts! Family Days provides free, high-quality out-of-school arts education outreach for families of all backgrounds in South Florida. Free Arts! makes intensive arts experiences accessible for all populations, regardless of ability level or socioeconomic status, through free activities and free admission to gallery exhibitions on the third Sunday of every month. STEAM-Themed Free Arts! is designed to integrate the creativity and critical thinking of the arts to the linear, logical thinking common to STEM subjects. STEAM instruction is offered in only three Coral Springs-based schools in Broward County Public Schools. This means the vast majority of K-12 students lack exposure to an arts-inclusive, STEAM-based learning process that develops the critical thinking skills that prepare children for career success in the 21st-century workforce.
Website: | Twitter: @acch

Palm Beach County

Digital Vibez Inc
Digital Expressions – October 2019-June 2020
In collaboration with the Department of Juvenile Justice and Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, the Digital Expressions-Lifetime of Consequences program will teach youth about crime and gang prevention, making positive choices and will enable youth to tap into their creative and artistic capabilities. Digital Expressions creatively combines art, culture and technology to teach at risk youths about positive social and emotional skills, songwriting, dance, video production and performance. The students love music and we know it is a positive outlet for stress management, which allows them to express themselves creatively and improve their confidence and future outcomes. The students will also produce their own video showing how negative choices produce lasting consequences into adulthood. This impactful video will be used throughout Palm Beach County and beyond.
Website: | Twitter: @DigitalVibezInc

Flamingo Clay Studio
The J Street Rising Tide (A Teen Community Arts Festival Initiative) – October 2019-September 2020
"The Rising Tide Initiative" which will focus on an organizing committee of teens of diversity, teaching community organization skills through the arts. The committee will consist of three teens each, from the Spanish Speaking, the Haitian, the LGBTQ and the Lake Worth High School Communities. They will be trained in outreach involvement techniques to their individual communities, while working synergistic ally, as a unit, to create monthly arts festivals, reflecting, on a rotating basis, the arts of each of their cultures. The arts include visual, performing, musical and culinary. Each teen will have an individual mentor for the year, providing suggestions and skill training, inside and outside of the regular planning meetings. As a group, video conferences will be planned with artists and leaders in communities, both local and around the country, who are deemed roll-models by these youth. The South J Street merchants have banded together, as a unit, to bring commerce back to the town of Lake Worth. Their little street is reflective of the possibilities of what the arts and music can do for a community. "A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats."

Nat King Cole Generation Hope
Make Music Palm Beach & Broward Counties – March 2020-June 2020
In partnership with Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach County School District, and Broward County Public Schools; will create a new program that will train and encourage students from Title 1 schools to engage their community in an international music event and will provide access to high level music education with a local University. Nat King Cole Generation Hope will be reaching out to middle and high school students in the 133 schools within Palm Beach and Broward Counties during March of 2020 (Music in Our Schools Month) and inviting them to participate in our music advocacy program as well as a one-week jazz music clinic in June which will prepare them to host performances for Make Music Day in their communities. Held annually, Make Music Day is part of the international collaboration, taking place in more than 1,000 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. This year, more than 80 U.S. cities are organizing Make Music Day celebrations, encompassing thousands of concerts nationwide. The student’s Make Music Day performances will be held on June 21, 2020 throughout Palm Beach and Broward Counties.
Website: | Twitter: @natkingcole

Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival
Sharing Shakespeare – July 2020-July 2021

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary of Shakespeare by the Sea in July 2020, Sharing Shakespeare is a new program, intended to expand outreach and educational opportunities. It offers pre and post-study guides for its 30th anniversary production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The guides will focus on the history, language and drama-turgy of the play. In addition to this, they will have a videographer capture the behind the scenes and full production of their summer 2020 play. Teachers would be given access to the printed guides, complete with a post-program survey for the students. This will enable every student and teacher the opportunity to experience Shakespeare the way it was meant to be experienced - on stage, without the challenges facing our most underserved communities. The Festival is donation-based with a Pay what you 'Will' wishing well on-site for those to give as they are able. This ensures that every socioeconomic level can attend an evening out with friends and family regardless of financial means. The audiences range from all cultural and socioeconomic levels.
Website: | Twitter: @pbshakespeare

Contact Information:

General questions may be directed
by email to:

Kristina West
(561) 803-9203
Broward County
Client & Community Relations Specialist

Cindy Pilloni
(772) 403-7144
Palm Beach County
Client & Community Relations Assistant Director

Media relations inquiries:
Zoraya Suarez
(407) 428-0066

Thanks to Our Community Partners
Broward Cultural Division
Cultural Council of Palm Beach County