Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

The Mission of the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs is to advance, support, and promote arts and culture to strengthen the economy and quality of life for all Floridians.

Creative Aging Profile

The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs supports the view that the arts build cultural understanding, mutual respect, and strong communities. Arts In Education projects accomplish this by bringing artists and cultural experiences directly into Florida schools, hospitals, nursing and eldercare facilities, senior centers, correctional facilities, community spaces, cultural facilities, and other organizations.


Agency Initiative

The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs has awarded Creative Aging organizations and programs funds through the following programs:

  • General Program Support (GPS) grant funding is designed to support the general program activities of an organization that is realizing its stated mission and furthering the state’s cultural objectives by conducting, creating, producing, presenting, staging, or sponsoring cultural exhibits, performances, educational programs, or events.
  • The Specific Cultural Project (SCP) grant is designed to fund an organization’s cultural project, program, exhibition, or series taking place within the grant period. The grant activities must support the mission of the organization and further the state’s cultural objectives.


  • The Diversity & Inclusion Awards Program recognizes innovative and exceptional efforts that promote diversity in arts and cultural programming.  The diversity in nominated programs represents efforts to broaden the reach of individuals engaged in cultural programming in Florida.  Inclusion addresses the programs and organizational strategies that welcome and embrace the strengths and perspectives each person involved contributes.  Efforts awarded may address diversity and inclusion in the following areas: Demographic Diversity, Socioeconomic Diversity, Cultural Heritage, Sexual Orientation,  Age, Accessibility.



  • VSA Florida
    VSA Florida is a state affiliate of “VSA arts,” an international nonprofit organization that creates educational opportunities through the arts for people with disabilities.
  • PARc – Turning Disabilities into Capabilities since 1953
    PARC’s mission is to provide opportunities for children & adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.
  • Florida Creative Aging Network
    The Florida Creative Aging Network strives to facilitate communication among organizations and individuals involved in the field of arts and aging through providing an interface that affords easily accessible opportunities for developing partnerships, sharing information and mutual support.


As the fourth most populous state in the United States, Florida is home to 5.5 percent of the nation’s people. As of the 2010 Census, around 3.26 million persons age 65 and older were residing in Florida. While this is not the largest older adult state population in the country, at 17.3 percent Florida has the highest percent of residents age 65 and older. In contrast, 13.7 percent of the U.S. population is 65 plus. The most current projections published by the Census Bureau show that Florida’s elderly population will grow rapidly in the next several decades, both absolutely and as a percent of the state population. By 2030, the size of Florida’s 65 and older population is projected to be 7.77 million, more than twice what it was in 2010. This number will comprise about 27 percent of Florida’s total population, and Florida is one of a handful of U.S. states projected to have at least one-quarter of its population age 65 and older by 2030 (other states included Maine, Wyoming, New Mexico, Montana, and North Dakota). Within Florida, the age distribution of the population varies substantially by

Within Florida, the age distribution of the population varies substantially by county. As of 2010, there were 3 counties with a median age below 30: Hendry, Leon, and Alachua. The “oldest” counties in Florida have a median age of 50 or older and these include: Charlotte, Citrus, Sarasota, Highlands, Flagler, Hernando, Martin, and Sumter.

Information from Pepper Institute on Aging Report

Creative Aging Point Person

Rachelle Ashmore

Rachelle joined the Division staff in 2005. She currently handles the administration of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Florida Artists Hall of Fame, and Capitol Complex Exhibition Program.

Originally from Ellsworth, Maine, Rachelle has a degree in Biology from Arizona State University. Rachelle is an avid runner and competes in full and half marathons across the country. She also loves to cook and has won multiple local cooking and recipe contests. Rachelle lives in Tallahassee with her husband and two beautiful sons.