Local Organizations


Bay Arts Alliance has served as the local arts agency for Bay County since 1978.  Our partnerships allow us to utilize all resources to better serve the community.


If you would like your organization listed here, please contact info@bayarts.org


Panama City Music Association

The Panama City Music Association has since 1941 presented an annual series of five concerts which are balanced with classical and popular offerings. The goal of the non-funded, volunteer organization has always been to provide excellent entertainment at affordable prices. The concerts are sold by season subscription only and are presented at the Marina Civic Center to sold-out audiences. A sprinkling of the artists who have performed throughout the years would be Arthur Fieldler conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra, from St. Petersburg, Russia the State Symphony Orchestra and the State Ice Ballet, Marvin Hamlisch, Peter Nero, Burl Ives, The Miami City Ballet, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Smokey Joe’s Café, and ethnic groups such as Andes Manta from South Africa.



Center for the Arts

Learn. Love. Live. Art.

Panama City Center for the Arts is located at 19 East 4th Street, in the first City Hall of Panama City, built in 1925.  Since its inception, the Center for the Arts has presented notable art exhibits, as well as shows featuring artists of local, state and regional acclaim.  The Center also hosts a variety of annual events highlighting a broad spectrum of talent, and offers classes, workshops and lectures for the Community.

Students are immersed in a dedicated studio space with exposure to Pottery, Sculpture, Painting, Silversmith, Music, Photography and Film Screenings.  Instructors are area artists who generously offer their talents in the constant pursuit of art and art education.  Interior spaces include the Upstairs Main Gallery, The Higby Gallery, and The Mary Ola Miller Gallery.  Central Booking houses the Center’s art library, including retail offering guests the opportunity to own original art by local artists.  All of the galleries are available for rent to the public for receptions, weddings, corporate, and civic events.

Center for the Arts is managed by Bay Arts Alliance whose mission is to provide opportunities for cultural enrichment in our community through broad based educational experiences and quality performances.  We are committed to innovatively responding to the ever-changing needs of our community and linking the endeavors of all arts organizations.  Our goal is to foster a lifelong appreciation of the Arts.



The Martin Theatre

Built in 1936, the Historic Martin Theatre was originally called “The Ritz”. During the “Movie Palace” era, the theatre hosted movies, vaudeville and talent shows and so was equipped with a small stage and two small dressing rooms, as well as a movie screen. In the late 1950’s, the “Ritz” became the “Martin Theatre” and was extensively redecorated. In November of 1990, it was returned to its art deco glory, renovated, rejuvenated, and readied to serve the community. The Martin Theatre Ensemble Program was created in 1994 to establish a permanent professional theatre company in Northwest Florida. Recent productions have included The Importance of Being Earnest, The Foreigner, Noises Off, A Raisin in the Sun, Crimes of the Heart, Guys and Dolls, and The Glass Menagerie.



Kaleidoscope Theatre

Located just minutes from Panama City Beach and the surrounding Bay County area, this thriving community theater in Lynn Haven delights audiences with 6 award winning plays and/or musicals each season. Past productions have included Driving Miss Daisy, A Man For All Seasons, Harvey, Proof, Amadeus, The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, The Miracle Worker, Steel Magnolias, Romeo & Juliet and more. Musicals, often presented with live musicians, that have delighted audiences include Godspell, Oliver-The Musical, Cabaret, Damn Yankees, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Jesus Christ Superstar and Guys and Dolls. This residential non-profit theatre began in 1971 at the request of the then-current Mayor of PC Beach, and has established itself as a premier performing arts facility in Bay County. Each season premiers in August, and closes the following May. Season tickets are available, as well as individual show tickets.



The Panama City POPS Orchestra

Formerly the Orchestra of St. Andrew Bay, The Panama City POPS Orchestra is a non-profit organization and Bay County’s very own POPS orchestra. This season, under the baton of Maestro Eddie Rackley, ‘The POPS’ will present four concerts for their subscription series; three of which will be at Gulf Coast Community College’s Amelia G. Tapper Center for the Arts and a fourth at Arnold High School near the Beach. Each concert will offer a wide variety of musical styles, from classical to Broadway and film scores to current hits, all designed to reach the younger audience while still entertaining the adults. Founded in 1996 by Elaine Matson and Michael Reisman, the orchestra was established as a community orchestra in order to provide an opportunity for local musicians to perform orchestral music and bring this music to Bay County. Members of the Orchestra come from all walks of life including education, medicine, and youth services but all have one driving force in common–a love of making music. One of the unique components of The POPS is their mentoring program which encourages emerging artists a chance to hone their abilities by partnering with experienced musicians from the orchestra.

850-785-POPS (7677)


Gulf Coast State College
Division of Visual & Performing Arts

The Gulf Coast State College Division of Visual and Performing Arts offers A.A. University transfer programs in Art, Music and Theatre; an A.S. Degree in Music Production Technology and a Certificate in Audio Technology.  They also present concerts, plays, musicals and art shows – all open to the community.



Beach Art Group

Bringing art and fun to Panama City Beach!  “Discover the Arts in You” with Paint Parties, Workshops, Art Classes, Exhibitions, Events, Outdoor Festivals & Professional Art Services.

Beach Art Group, 9201 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407




Floriopolis is a community arts metropolis with a gallery, market, studio and a courtyard.  Visit to see the art of 100+ local artists, shop the market, and do art on the spot (free 10-minute art project).  Do a $10 Studio Day, play scavenger hunt”Find the Art Friday”, or come hang out with us.

Floriopolis, 1125 Beck Ave, Panama City, FL 32401



The Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida

The Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida will educate and inspire children and adults through hands-on, interactive exhibits and programs that promote discovery of science, technology, and history.

Science and Discovery Center, 308 Airport Rd, Panama City, FL 32405



Gulf Jazz Society

The Society’s primary purpose is to preserve, encourage and advance jazz in all styles. The organization seeks to assure continuity of this music by supporting educational programs for youth and adults; by providing performance opportunities for jazz musicians; by producing festivals, concerts and joint ventures with allied cultural organizations and by developing public relations campaigns.

Gulf Jazz Society, PO Box 1535, Panama City, FL 32401



Bay County Public Library

Bay County Public Library and its branches in Panama City Beach, Parker and Springfield, provide traditional and electronic services to the diverse population of the community.  The library is dedicated to improving the quality of life of its users by supporting lifelong learning and recreational library use.  Programs which are free and open to the public are presented frequently, including local author book signings, special events in the Youth department, and Local History events.  Books Alive, with sessions presented by nationally known writers, is presented annually in January.  Membership open to all residents of Bay County.

Bay County Public Library – Panama City, FL




Bay District Schools

The Bay District School System is a nationally acclaimed, award winning school district that encourages students to be the best they can be. With an encouraging and professional faculty and a caring and dedicated administration, the district strives to graduate students with the knowledge and skills needed to lead productive and rewarding lives.  The Bay County School District is the 21st largest in Florida, with an enrollment of 26,500+ students.

Bill Husfelt – Superintendent

Bay District Schools, 1311 Balboa Ave, Panama City, FL 32401




Panama City Artists

The Panama City Artists (PCA) is a group of artists based in the Panama City/Bay County region who have pooled their talents and resources to enrich themselves and their community. Founded in 2002, this organization boasts a membership of 90+ members, comprised of professionals artists, teachers, hobbyists, enthusiasts and patrons. They offer many benefits to their members including: exhibits, networking, programs, demonstrations and workshops.  Meetings are held monthly, please call (850) 747-0363 or email info@panamacityartists.net for more info.




Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs

Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 (click to download pdf)

FL Cultural Affairs 2015 Strategic Planning Guide