Date: April 4, 2022
From: Dunedin Fine Art Center
For just over two years now, the Dunedin Fine Art Center (DFAC) has worked to protect all of their visitors, students, and staff from the effects of a global pandemic. Those efforts have ranged from closing our doors on March 17th, 2020 along with most everyone else in the country, to an ongoing set of enhanced health and safety protocols that have attempted to protect even the most vulnerable of our community. “DFAC has always been a safe place to explore your creativity,” noted DFAC President, George Ann Bissett. “We, like everyone else, just had to up our game, to meet the increased risk everyone was facing… If all of the appreciative comments we’ve received, along with the students being able to share in our creative community since we were one of the first nonprofits to reopen way back on June 1, 2020, are any indication, it’s been a pretty safe environment at DFAC.”
DFAC is thrilled to move on to the next phase of protocols as they continue to monitor the recommendations from the CDC and Florida Department of health. Starting April 11, 2022, DFAC will be removing its mask mandate that has been in place for nearly two years. “We’re thrilled that the risk level has decreased to a point that we feel comfortable doing this,” said Ken Hannon, DFAC’s Vice-President and COO. “The new metrics that the CDC is working with, and their county-by-county risk assessment tools allow us to alter our strategies to align with the current situation. We hope we never have to return to stricter protocols, but we know if we do, it will be based on solid information.”
Like everyone, DFAC hopes that we have learned practical lessons that will keep us all safe in the future. DFAC’s protocols have kept their creative community safe, while allowing their programs to remain available to students and patrons of all ages and risk factors, without having to close their doors. And that is a classic win-win!
For nearly 50 years, the Dunedin Fine Art Center (DFAC) has been offering exciting art opportunities in a most welcoming kind of way. Tampa Bay Times writer Lennie Bennett says that DFAC is “the artistic equivalent of a village square,” offering quality experiences to people of all ages. DFAC offers award-winning year-round exhibitions in seven galleries featuring national, regional and local artists. Classes for students 4 yrs. to 97 yrs. fill 21 studio classrooms and a changing yearly theme makes the David L. Mason Children’s Art Museum a hands-on experience not to be missed.
You can take some time to enjoy a delicious lunch or gourmet coffee in the Palm Café, or search out one-of-a-kind gifts in the Gallery Shop. Come out and PLAY at the Dunedin Fine Art Center and see why people say it’s where the ART is!
ART IS > What we do!
SAFE IS > How we do it!