Welcome to the Dunedin Fine Art Center
The original idea for an art center in Dunedin dates back to more than 40 years ago in 1969. Recognizing the importance of the arts to everyday life, five women from the Junior Service League of Clearwater-Dunedin sought to create a space within the community where the arts could be perpetuated and celebrated. These women 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 beneficial heritage for the city of Dunedin and set forth the motions to put the plan in action. Five years later in 1974, the vision and commitment of the City of Dunedin, its citizens and the members of the League, came to fruition when ground was broken on the Dunedin Fine Art Center.
When the doors to the first 2000 square foot facility were opened in February of 1975, a commitment to excellence and a welcoming spirit were the guiding lights that you can still see in DFAC’s nearly 50,000 sq. ft of facilities.
Today, the Dunedin Fine Art Center is built on strong foundations within the community. Through donations, endowment and memberships, the center is able to exist and expand to serve the community and meet the needs of our society.
Our Mission & Vision
The mission at the Dunedin Fine Art Center is to enrich lives through educational experiences in the visual arts.
The vision is to make the Dunedin Fine Art Center a leading visual art center providing unparalleled educational, cultural & creative experiences.
Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion at DFAC
The Dunedin Fine Art Center supports a culture of creativity and diversity that is germane to its founding and reputation for excellence in art. All perspectives and generations are encouraged to add to the values and success of this creative life through excellent teaching, shared seeing, and the creation of art … Art is what we do … and our employees are encouraged to be a major part of this collage by helping to identify and eliminate barriers that stand between anyone and their fair and equitable participation in our creative culture.
Who We Are
Since 1969, the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s vision and commitment 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, and not restricted to any group or groups. To facilitate our continued vision, the Dunedin Fine Art Center is proud to provide the following:
The Dunedin Fine Art Center offers more than 1000 class sessions and workshops each year for both children and adults. Our staff is comprised of more than 70 professional artists who are among the most respected in the community and teach a variety of artistic mediums.
At the Dunedin Fine Art Center, we present exciting and challenging exhibits in an accessible way. Be sure to view our current exhibits, as well as past exhibits and those to come.
There’s always something exciting happening at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, whether a special event, film, lecture or other offering in between. You can also inquire about renting our space for your own special event.
As Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist.” The Dunedin Fine Art Center emphasizes the importance of art education for children. This is why we are proud to have the Kid’s Corner, which includes the David L. Mason Children’s Museum, youth classes, summer camps, student tours, a teen art club and more.
Our fabulous Palm Cafe offers delicious food and drinks for your next visit to the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Also offered are catering options for your next event.
Most of our art is the result of the fine work of local artists. In our store you will be able to buy unique gifts and decoration for you to cherish forever. In the Gallery Shop, our selection includes jewelry, paintings, pastels, glass, ceramics, wood, fiber artwork and much more.
Come Out and Play!
The Dunedin Fine Art Center offers a little something for everyone! We hope you come out to play and see why people say the Dunedin Fine Art Center is where the art is! For more information on planning your visit to the Dunedin Fine Art Center, click here, or contact us for more information.