FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: October 5, 2016
From: Dunedin Fine Art Center
Contact: Ken Hannon @ 727.298.DFAC, x230
Dunedin Fine Art Center finishes the Fourth and Final Phase of Creative Visions Expansion.
On Saturday, October 1, 2016 the Dunedin Fine Art Center (DFAC) held the official ribbon cutting for the second floor addition that brought an additional 7,300 sq. ft. and six studio/classrooms to DFAC’s main campus on Michigan Blvd. in Dunedin. Major contributions from State of Florida, Edward & Betty Proefke, Sherrie Morton, Bea Donis, Peter & Paula Vosotas and Syd & Irwin Entel and support from many others, helped make the project a reality. Dunedin Vice-Mayor, Bruce Livingston, joined DFAC Chairperson, Amy Heimlich, former Chairs, Dianne Wheatley-Giliotti and Patrick Donoghue and founding member Syd Entel along with DFAC President, George Ann Bissett in making remarks during the short ceremony.
This marks the completion of the 6 year $5.7 million project designed by Rod Collman, now of SDG Architecture in Dunedin and constructed by J. Kokolakis Contracting of Tarpon Springs. The first phase in the Expanding Creative Visions capital campaign broke ground in 2010. At that time, DFAC was turning to offsite classroom space, having grown beyond its 18,900 sq. ft. on Michigan Blvd. Termed Vision 2010, that first phase gave DFAC some much needed breathing room, as fundraising continued for additional phases, which ultimately doubled DFAC’s size to its current 38,222 sq. ft. said George Ann Bissett, DFAC’s President.
“It’s great to see this campaign completed,” noted Todd Still, DFAC’s director of Youth Education and DFAC’s project manager for all 4 phases of the construction. “I think this speaks strongly to the important role DFAC plays in the community,” added Dianne Wheatley-Giliotti, Chair of DFAC’s board of directors when the first phase began. Amy Heimlich, DFAC’s current Board Chair concluded that “This building and more importantly, this organization is an example of what we can accomplish when people work together.”
Further Information on DFAC and its’ programs is available by calling Ken Hannon at 727.298.DFAC or online at www.dfac.org
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