Arts & Culture
Art and Culture
Panama City, Bay County & Surrounding Areas
The beaches of Bay County are world-famous, but the sophistication of the area surprises some visitors and many new residents. Panama City was named #6 of the “100 Best Small Art Towns in America” (John Villani, Muit Press, 1997). The scenic downtown area borders on St. Andrew Bay and hosts a wide variety of local treasures including the Visual Arts Center, The Martin Theater, McKenzie Park and the Marina Civic Center. Nestled among numerous art galleries, shops, restaurants and historic sites, residents and visitors alike are often challenged to choose between an assortment of cultural venues and events. But the arts in Bay County are not limited to just one area… cultural resources and activities can be found throughout the county that borders the Emerald Coast.
The residents of Bay County value cultural opportunities and support a variety of arts organizations and annual events. The numerous theater groups, ballet companies, orchestras, festivals and museums that consider Bay County their home make evident the community’s commitment to artistic diversity. The excellence of the Arts is also apparent in the variety of concerts, shows and art exhibits that travel to the area annually. The premium quality of these events is considered to be equivalent, if not better, than similar efforts in larger urban areas. The wealth of culture available to the people of Bay County blends with an old-fashioned work ethic to bring an energy and enthusiasm to the workplace that is a key ingredient of business success.