First Annual Alachua County Artists Conference

The Alachua County Arts Council is pleased to host the first annual Artists Conference on Friday, January 21, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Jack Durrance Auditorium, on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, Gainesville). The conference is for local Alachua County artists. Attendees can join either virtually or in person. This year’s conference is free to all attendees. Those interested in arts funding from the County should participate in this conference.​

Those wishing to participate should fill out the registration form and email it to gpeebles@alachuacounty.us by Friday, January 14, 2022. 

Those attending the conference will learn how to apply for Alachua County’s Mini-Grant and Destination Enhancement Grants Programs. Participants also learn about the Call to Artists process, social media promotion, and will have networking opportunities.

Planned sessions include:

  • Poetry reading by Alachua County Poet Laureate, E. Stanley Richardson
  • State legislative update
  • Demystifying the Destination Enhancement Grants process
  • Grant writing tips and tricks for the Alachua County’s Mini-Grant Program
  • Understanding the County’s Call to Artists process
  • How social media can work for you!
  • More sessions will be added

The Alachua County Arts Council’s mission is to “improve the quality of life of Alachua county residents by increasing exposure to the arts, expanding opportunities for creative expression by local artists, and increasing community resources for the arts.”


Arts Council Chair David Ruiz stated, “The Arts Council is the local resource for Alachua County artists and the sessions planned will provide critical support to help our artists community succeed.”

For more information, contact Alachua County Assistant County Manager – Chief of Staff Gina Peebles at 352-538-8265 or gpeebles@alachuacounty.us.

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