Culture is what gives a city its soul. When most people talk about the quality of life in a place, they often think about the things that make that community special, that give it character.

The culture of our community is more than a slew of festivals and community celebrations, though we have plenty of those. Pensacola’s culture is a strong traditional arts community. It is culture that celebrates its traditional ties to the military and serves as home for the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron — the Blue Angels. It is a culture that celebrates small businesses that build up neighborhoods like Warrington and Brownsville and Belmont-DeVilliers and create jobs that sustain those neighborhoods. It also is a culture that values community service, one that supports dozens of nonprofits that use both public and private dollars to improve the lives of those who are less fortunate or at-risk.

Culture is also a business in Pensacola. Our county collected “bed tax” on every hotel room rented and then uses that public money to promote and support arts, culture and community events that are meant to draw locals and tourists alike.

With a ballet, opera, symphony, theatre and an accredited museum of visual arts, Pensacola is the only city between Mobile, Ala. and Tampa, Fla. to offer the “big five.”

A 2009 report by Americans for the Arts found the economic impact of spending by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations on Escambia County was $22.9 million. Robert Lynch, Americans for the Arts CEO noted “communities that invest in the arts reap the additional benefit of jobs, economic growth, and a quality of life that positions those communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy.”

Culture and tourism are business — BIG business — in this community. Escambia County’s $1.3 billion tourism industry directly supports more than 20,000 jobs.


Fiesta of Five Flags announces headliners for Pensacola Seafood Festival

Southern rock, blues and soul will sound throughout the streets of Pensacola from Friday, Sept. 25, to Sunday, Sept. 27, during the Pensacola Seafood Festival, presented by Fiesta of Five Flags. Read full story


PSC Presents Steinway Artist Kadisha Onalbayeva in Free Concert Aug. 30

Pensacola State College presents Steinway Artist Kadisha Onalbayeva in a free concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, in the Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, Building 8, on the Pensacola campus, 1000 College Blvd. Read full story


16 PSC performing arts students make Florida All-Academic Team

Sixteen Pensacola State College Performing Arts Students made the Florida College System Activities Association All-Academic Team for the past year. These students were honored for maintaining a 3.3 GPA or higher for the fall and spring terms. Read full story


U.S. Coast Guard/U.S. Postal Service unveil stamp at the National Naval Aviation Museum

On Tuesday, August 18, at 10 a.m., The National Naval Aviation Museum will host a stamp unveiling in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service in honor of the new U.S. Coast Guard stamp. The stamp commemorates the 225th Anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard and honors its role in protecting the security of the nation and advancing its vital maritime interests. Read full story


UWF Historic Trust receives Latino American history award

A $3,000 grant is helping the UWF Historic Trust celebrate, share Latino culture at Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Center presented by Gulf Power. Read full story


An exhibition of historic artwork for a good cause

“The Florida Highwaymen: The Last Great Art Movement of the 20th Century” is an art exhibit that showcases a unique chapter in Florida’s cultural history. Read full story


XTERRA triathlon comes to Blackwater State Forest

The Blackwater River State Forest will host XTERRA, the global sport of off-road triathlon that has been contested world-wide for more than 20 years, this weekend. Read full story


Saving the historic Ella Jordan home

Ella L. Jordan was a Pensacola trailblazer who sought to improve her community at a time when both African-Americans and women faced wide gaps in civil rights and opportunity. Now locals want to save her home. Read full story


Foo Foo Fest website goes live

The website for the annual Pensacola area celebration of the arts Foo Foo Fest is now live at Read full story


Where are Pensacola’s best parks?

West Pensacola’s Legion Field, Sanders Beach among city’s best public spaces

West Pensacola’s Legion Field, Sanders Beach top the list of Pensacola's best public paces in UWF student research project on parks and community. Read full story


Pensacola rapper Big Lo brings music diversity to Vinyl on Saturday

“This show is a great way to introduce audiences to different forms of electronic music,” Lopez said. “It’s a diverse lineup of artists with hip hop, electronic dance music and traditional DJing.” Read full story


Summer racing series heats up at Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway

Many of the racing greats who participate in the Snowball Derby test the track out during the Blizzard 100-lap races, giving spectators the chance to see highly skilled drivers in the summer. Read full story