Monroe County, Florida was named after the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe, in 1823. Today, the majority of the county’s population lives in the Florida Keys, which is coincidentally the region’s county seat. Although a small series of islands, the Florida Keys are anything but insignificant. In fact, they have a very rich sense of culture and a rare appreciation for the arts. Today, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts serves as a liaison among organizations, all levels of government, and the private sector in encouraging and promoting the arts throughout Monroe County. Unlike many non-profit institutions of its kind, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts is adamant in its support and encouragement of the arts as to make it a part of the fabric of daily life. Among the many cultural attractions Monroe County has to offer, some of its more popular include the Hemingway House and Museum, Key West Symphony, The Red Barn Theater, and the Customs House Museum.