The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
was created in 1967 as an independent special taxing district to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities. We improve and maintain Downtown West Palm Beach by offering information and services to visitors, residents and business owners.
DOWNTOWN IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT!
The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority board meetings are open to the public and held monthly on the third Tuesday at 8:30am in the George Greenberg Board Room at 301 Clematis St., Suite 200.
ABOUT A&E DISTRICT
DISCOVER WHAT INSPIRES YOU
Promoting Our Diverse Arts, Culture and Entertainment Destinations
WHAT IS THE WEST PALM BEACH ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT?
The West Palm Beach A&E District is a centralized collection of inspiring arts and entertainment venues; art and history museums; galleries; libraries; performing arts companies; and art education institutions. Situated in the heart of South Florida’s most progressive city, the District includes more than 20 distinct and distinguished cultural destinations that form a defining industry cluster. The A&E District enhances the appeal of West Palm Beach as a visitor destination, drawing attention to its status as a vibrant city illuminated by its beauty and range of creative expression. A free trolley dedicated to connecting partners makes getting around the District easy and enjoyable.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
Armory Art Center
Bruce Helander Studio
Eaton Fine Art
Historical Society of Palm Beach County
Legacy Fine Art Gallery
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach
Multilingual Language and Cultural Society
Norton Museum of Art
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Palm Beach Dramaworks
Palm Beach Opera
Palm Beach Pops
Palm Beach Symphony
Palm Beach Photographic Centre
Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Terebinth Studio & Gallery
The Society of the Four Arts
Alive with nationally acclaimed venues, the A&E District offers exciting entertainment from intellectual and classical to breathlessly cutting-edge. From family favorites like The Nutcracker to provocative, experimental theater, A&E District venues deliver a wide range of cultural experiences that you’ll never forget. Wrapped in the luxury of champagne box seats or lounging on lawn chairs under the stars, West Palm Beach’s performance venues deliver programming that opens your eyes, melts your heart and inspires your soul.
“Libraries offer our collective knowledge, and the immensity of human thought, laid out in rows of revealing inspiration,” said Manuel Lima, founder of VisualComplexity.com. The libraries in the District are precious community assets, drawing us together in shared intellectual exploration and learning experiences. With hundreds of thousands of books, periodicals, DVDs and CDs, our libraries are a window to the world. In addition, they offer an array of programming, classes and special events that are available to the public and their members.
Museums are managers of our consciousness, offering interesting interpretations of culture and history. Through them we view the world and locate ourselves within it. The A&E District is home to first class museums and historic architectural treasures designated by the National Register of Historic Places. Works from some of the world’s finest artists and millions of archived photographs, newspapers, architectural drawings, artifacts and ephemera from Palm Beach County’s rich history are available to the public in the A&E District. These are experiences that have the power and impact to change the lives of those who dare to dream.
From our seasonal contemporary and fine art fairs to a constellation of galleries and pop-up exhibits, the A&E District offers a feast for the art aficionado. Paintings from Old Masters to Abstracts, hand-blown glass, bronzes, pottery, and mesmerizing kinetic sculptures will amaze. Exhibition opening nights and studio tours throughout the district keep patrons interested, engaged and evangelistic in their support of our visual arts community. The District is home to some of the best “ambient” canvases in South Florida: the sides of buildings and garage stairwells will surprise and delight!
PERFORMING ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
Inspiring, exhilarating and engaging are just a few words that describe the live performances central to the heart and soul of the A&E District. Modern and contemporary dance, pops and symphony orchestras, live theater, ballet and opera are the mediums for some of the most talented and acclaimed actors, directors, musicians, dancers, choreographers and performers in the nation. Right here, in the WPB A&E District.
Robust art education programs stimulate excellence in artistic endeavors, but research supports that they also accelerate academic achievement. The District prides itself on the outstanding arts-centered education offered at a half-dozen organizations and institutions. Students and adults alike can advance and enhance their skills and ability in communication arts, dance, music, theatre, digital media or visual arts. Enrollment is required for most classes, but many options are open to the public.
DEDICATED A&E TROLLEY
Take the scenic route! Hop aboard the free A&E District trolley and move from one cultural experience to the next. The Orange Line operates Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
West Palm Beach DDA
301 Clematis Street, Ste. 200 Galleria International Building
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
DDA Security Dispatch 561-818-3667 (non-emergencies)
City Hotline 561-822-2222
City Services 561-822-2210 (emergencies)