The four-week exhibit included illustrations, sculptures and paintings by Theodore Seuss Geisel. A portion of the proceeds from all exhibition sales was donated to the nonprofit cultural group, which plans to use the money to support the arts in Palm Beach County.
The free exhibition was open to the public from Jan. 18 through Feb. 14.
Palm Beach County’s 19 largest cultural institutions attracted audience members that spent a total of $538.3 million here last year, according to study results released last week by county tourism officials.
According to the study, which was released Thursday by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, culture-related spending at those 19 institutions supported an estimated total of 11,795 full-time jobs in Palm Beach County, generating $226 million in resident household income, $22.1 million in local government revenues, and $25.9 million in state government revenues.
The study found that cultural tourists who traveled to the county accounted for more than 64 percent of the spending. Cultural tourists stayed accounted for an estimated 730,000 nightly hotel room stays in Palm Beach County last year.
Cultural tourists spent nearly twice as much per person as resident attendees on purchases such as admissions, meals, retail shopping and souvenirs, local transportation, and lodging, the study found.
“This study demonstrates the importance of Palm Beach County’s cultural institutions to our local and state economy, and the contribution that arts and culture adds to jobs and income in our communities. With more than 200 cultural organizations, Palm Beach County is Florida’s Cultural Capital, attracting cultural tourists from around the state and around the world and playing a more vital role than ever in the lives of residents,” Rena Blades, president & CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, said. “Keeping our cultural institutions viable, active and attractive to tourists plays a critical role in Palm Beach County’s economic welfare.”
The study focused on 19 cultural organizations including: Armory Arts Center, Boca Raton Historical Society, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Delray Beach Center for the Arts, FAU Foundation, Inc., Flagler Museum, Kravis Center, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Miami City Ballet, The Morikami, Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Palm Beach State College, South Florida Science Center, SunFest of Palm Beach County, and The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches.