ARTS ADVOCATES shared vision is to be the leading arts organization in this vibrant community where art reigns. There are many non-profit groups that support a single art form such as dance, theater, music or opera, visual arts; Arts Advocates is a member-based group that embraces all art forms. As a tax-exempt, philanthropic organization, Arts Advocates awards scholarships annually to talented art students, makes grants available to qualified art organizations and invites the public to attend programs such as the lecture series "Speaking of The Arts......" where nationally and internationally known artists are invited to address members of our community. The organization purpose is also manifest in the maintenance of a permanent collection of paintings, primarily by Florida artists, that may be viewed by local residents and visitors alike at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. Arts Advocates emphasizes transparency, inclusivity and welcomes all new members who enjoy sharing their passion for the arts.