Orange County Government, Florida

Sustainability Plan

Sustainability and the Arts

Our lively, dynamic arts and cultural environment keeps Orange County a leading place to work and play. Art and culture helps to attract and retain creative industries that tend to hire high wage workers. While art can inspire creativity and innovation in businesses and build bridges between diverse elements of the community, it also attracts tourists and enhances the tourism experience of our international guests and domestic visitors.

Accomplishments and Efforts

  • Several Orange County arts organizations have been ranked highest by state grant panels and have received National Endowment for the Arts funding.
  • Orange County has more than 700 publicly viewable works of art, and four dozen listed in the Public Art Archive.
  • Orange County initiated the creation of the Arts Education Center, resulting in an increase in percentage of schools offering art classes.
  • Arts and Cultural facilities undertook several sustainable improvements, including historic preservation, solar panel installations, and energy efficiency improvements.
  • Orange County hosted the Art Meets Agriculture High School Student Art contest and exhibit. The contest connected art to science by encouraging students to think critically and creatively communicate sustainable practices through art.

Sustainability Contacts

Alan Marshall
Assistant to the Director
Community, Environmental and Development Services Department
201 S. Rosalind Avenue, 2nd Floor
Orlando FL 32801
Email: Alan.Marshall@ocfl.net
Phone: (407) 836-5884
Cell: (407) 406-3612

Lori Forsman
Sustainability Specialist
Community, Environmental and Development Services Department
201 S. Rosalind Avenue, 1st floor
Orlando FL 32801
Email: Lori.Forsman@ocfl.net
Phone: (407) 836-5439

Resources

Arts and Culture is one of seven focus areas in the development of Orange County’s community sustainability plan.