CLIENT / LOCATION
Dunedin Fine Art Center
1143 Michigan Avenue Dunedin, FL
NEW CONSTRUCTION / RENOVATION
Galleries, Studios, Gift Shop & Classrooms: 10,000 sqft
AIA AWARD WINNER – This public fine arts center facility was originally designed by Collman & Karsky Architects over 25 years ago. In 1998, the trustees turned to us once again to renovate and expand the existing facility from 9,000 sq. ft. to 19,000 sq. ft. The addition of art studios, galleries, gift shops and offices were done in phases to avoid any disruption to the Center activities which run throughout the day, evening and weekends.
From their web site:
“The mission of the Dunedin Fine Art Center is to offer creative educational experiences in the visual arts.
“Our goal is to stimulate awareness and appreciation of the arts through changing exhibitions, lectures, studio classes and workshops that can strengthen interpretive ability and interactive creativity for both children and adults.
“The vision of the Dunedin Fine Art Center is to be the premier art center in Florida, providing unparalleled educational, cultural and creative experiences thought the arts.”
The original idea for an art center in Dunedin dates back to 1969 whenthe Dunedin Junior Service League, in recognition of the importance of the arts to everyday life, resolved to work toward the creation of a cultural climate, and the eventual building of a fine arts and cultural center. Both the League and the City agreed that an art center would be a wonderful heritage for the City of Dunedin.
The vision and commitment of the City, its citizens and members of the League were realized in 1974 when ground was broken on The Dunedin Fine Arts Center. That vision and commitment was, and remains, to create and grow a “Fine Arts and Cultural Center, a Public Arts School and Library, open at all times to the general public, not restricted to any group or groups.”