(Dunedin, FL – August 21, 2013) On Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:00am, the Dunedin Fine Art Center (DFAC) officially broke ground at a ceremony to kick-off a renovation and addition of nearly 11,000 sq.ft. that will add approximately 7,500 sq. ft. to DFAC’s main campus on Michigan Blvd. in Dunedin. DFAC’s executive director, George Ann Bissett introduced short speeches by Dunedin Commissioners, Julie Scales and Ron Barnette and Florida State Representatives Ed Hooper and Carl Zimmerman as well as DFAC founder Syd Entel and DFAC president, Charles Klein during the short ceremony.
The $2.9 million project designed by Collman and Karsky Architects of Tampa and constructed by J. Kokolakis Contracting of Tarpon Springs, is the third phase in the Expanding Creative Visions capital campaign. Termed Vision 2013, this phase offers significant expansion and improvement for DFAC’s programs while also laying the groundwork for the 4th and final expansion on the site said George Ann Bissett, DFAC’s executive director.
“It’s exciting to see this project moving forward,” noted Catherine Bergmann, DFAC’s Adult Education Director. “This will mean so much for the adult students in the Gladys Douglas School for the Arts, and all of our visitors” she added. The construction, which was spurred by a State of Florida matching grant and funding from the City of Dunedin will add a new gallery and four studio/classrooms as well as house a newly renovated Gallery Gift Shop and Palm Cafe. “I think this speaks strongly to the important role DFAC plays in the community,” stated Charles Klein, president of DFAC’s board of directors. “And also to the faith that the community places in the future of the organization,” he concluded.
Information about the project is available by calling Ken Hannon at 727.298.DFAC.