Supporting Organizations


Annual City of Gainesville Arts Awards

Each year the City’s Gainesville Cultural Affairs Board and the Gainesville Art in Public Places Trust recognize individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts in our community. Past winners represent nearly two decades of Gainesville’s distinguished cultural leadership. Award winners are selected from nominations submitted each fall. 

  • Cultural Affairs Board awards include Individual, Business and Emerging Artists the Lennie Kesl Lifetime Art Awards. 
  • The Art in Public Places Trust Public Art Award is presented annually to an individual or entity who has exhibited powerful and meaningful public art works in Gainesville.
  • This year, the Cultural Affairs Board has added a one-time Covid-19 Essential Arts Award category to recognize an individual artist, arts organization, community group or business in Gainesville who has demonstrated exceptional and innovative arts and culture programming and/or resource building in response to the unprecedented restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

The deadline for all submissions is Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022.

Art in Public Places Trust

The Art in Public Places Trust (APPT) is a five-member icty 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. 

Here is a link for current vacancies and applications.

Gainesville Cultural Affairs Board

The Gainesville Cultural Affairs Board (CAB) acts as the cultural advisory board to the City Commission. The board works with staff to better promote the arts in the City of Gainesville and surrounding areas. Duties of the CAB include reviewing grant applications and making funding recommendations for the city's Outside Agency grants program and advocating for the Professional Arts Producing Institutions. 

Here is a link for current vacancies on the City of Gainesville CAB.

Evergreen Cemetery Association of Gainesville, Inc.

The Association was established in 1994 to provide support to Evergreen Cemetery for the historical and cultural enrichment of the entire community. This 501(C)3 organization seeks to organize and conduct programs and activities, which will enhance community appreciation and support for Evergreen Cemetery in perpetuity. The Association also maintains, a website dedicated to sharing the story of Evergreen Cemetery and it's importance through tours, a virtual exhibit and photo galleries.

Thomas Center Associates

Formed in 1979, the Thomas Center Associates adopted as its mission our 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 our 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 our on-going landscaping of the gardens.

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