Local Arts Organizations
Bay Arts Alliance
Since 1978, Bay Arts Alliance has served as the local arts agency for Bay County. Located on Harrison Avenue in the downtown Marina Civic Center, its mission is to provide opportunities for cultural enrichment through broad-based educational experiences and quality performances. Bay Arts Alliance has brought national touring performances to the area, including Bill Cosby, Stomp, Sinbad, CATS, and Broadway on Ice, just to name a few. In addition, Bay Arts Alliance is the primary force behind the annual Backstage Pass concert series at the Marina Civic Center.
The Arts in Education programs provide many cultural opportunities for Bay County schools and non-profit organizations at no charge. Annually, over 10,000 children have the opportunity to enrich their appreciation of the arts by attending a variety of performances given by national touring companies at the Marina Civic Center. Bay Arts Alliance hosts the Very Special Arts Festival for exceptional children. Bay Arts Alliance continually works to develop partnerships with local businesses and other arts organizations. These partnerships allow Bay Arts Alliance to utilize all available resources in creating new Arts-in-Education programs as part of their ongoing commitment to expose the youth of Bay County to the Arts.
Follow the link below for information about the 2015-2020 Division of Cultural Affairs Strategic Plan.
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. For more information, contact Joyce Harrison at 236-1260 or 234-1197.
Visit their website at www.panamacitymusicassoc.org
Panama City Center for the ARTS
Learn. Love. Live. Art. The Panama City Center for the ARTS is located in Panama City’s first City Hall, built in 1925, at 19 East 4th Street. 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.
The Center for the ARTS offers classes, workshops and lectures for the Art 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. The Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursdays, 6-8pm and Saturdays during the day. Closed Sunday and Monday. A membership provides discounts for classes and special events. For more information, please call 850-640-3670, follow us on Facebook and
Panama City 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. www.centerfortheartspc.com
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.
Visit their website at www.martintheatre.com
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.
Visit Kaleidoscope Theatre on-line at www.kt-online.org
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.
Visit their website at www.panamacitypops.org or call 850-785-POPS (7677) for further information.
Gulf Coast State College Division of Visual and 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. For more information, contact us at (850) 872-3886.
Visit their website at www.gulfcoast.edu/arts
Beach Art Group
Bringing art and fun to Panama City Beach! We want to help “Discover the Arts in You”. Paint Parties Workshops & Art Classes Exhibitions & Outdoor painting Festivals & Events Professional Art Services
9201 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL, 32407
Visit their website at www.beachartgroup.com
Floriopolis is a community arts metropolis with gallery, market, studio, & courtyard. Visit to see the art of 100+ local artists, shop the market, & do art on the spot (free, 10 minute art project). Do a $10 Studio Day, play Find the Art Spot Friday scavenger hunt, and hang out with us.
1125 Beck Ave, Panama City, FL, 32401
Visit them on lie at www.facebook.com/floriopolis/
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.
Visit their website at www.scienceanddiscoverycenter.org
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
P.O. Box 1535
Panama City, FL 32401
For more info, visit their website at www.gulfjazzsociety.com
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.
Headquarters: Bay County Public Library 898 W 11th St, Panama City, FL 32401
Membership Requirements: Membership open to all residents of Bay County
Web address: www.nwrls.com
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 school district is the 21st largest in Florida, with an enrollment of approximately 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. Their website is www.panamacityartists.net and their e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Please call (850) 747-0363 for location.
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