Mission: The mission of the dunedin fine art center is to offer creative educational experiences in the visual arts. Dfac accomplishes its mission through offering an extensive range of classes in the visual arts for children, teens and adults, exhibiting international, national and local artists in the facilities' galleries and exhibiting works from pinellas county school students in a gallery dedicated exclusively to school children's artwork. Exhibits are open and free to the public and widely used by students, members, school groups, and visitors. Vision: of the dunedin fine art center is to be the premier art center in florida, providing unparalleled educational, cultural and creative experiences through the arts.
Programs: Adult education: seven terms of quality studio arts instruction: fall i & ii; winter i & ii; spring, summer i & ii with over 2500 adult students enrolled yearly. Dfac's 84 faculty members are well qualified, holding either a bfa (bachelors of fine art) or mfa (masters of fine art) and teaching qualifications. The range of adult classes covers every medium in studio arts from acrylic painting to welding. The clay lab has 24 wheels, a separate hand building studio and 8 kilns. Dfac's adult student population ranges in age from 15 to 98 (currently our oldest student). Dfac's workshops present national artists and this gives students from greater tampa bay and beyond. Public exhibition: all dfac's exhibits are open to the public. Art centers do not have permanent collections of art. Dfac exhibits international, national and local artist's work in exhibits that are presented by our curatorial staff. Just imagine program for mentally and physically challenged adults: this is a weekly program for 22 adults, ages 18 to 51, who are profoundly mentally and physically challenged. There is no charge for this program which requires a qualified art instructor and three assistants. Creative aging programs: dfac participates in teaching art with the emphasis on the national creative aging program. Our average adult age is 62 with our most senior student, aged 98 who takes a 3 hr stone carving class every week. Art therapy instruction: within dfac's faculty of highly acclaimed art instructors are also faculty who have been trained in art therapy. These faculty members can work with students who are recovering from a life-threatening illness, mental health and grief issues.
youth education: the children and teen program follows the same schedule as the adult program, with the exception of from may to august, when a 10 week intensive summer enrichment art academy program for children ages: 4. 5 to 14 is held. During the summer program courses in photography (both black & white and digital), clay (hand building and wheel), 2d (drawing and painting), murals and musical theater are offered to age appropriate groupings in week long sessions. Dfac has 180 to 200 children per week and employs certified art teachers from both pinellas and hillsborough county and highly qualified artists who are excellent teachers. At the end of the summer art academy an exhibit is held in our kokolakis family youth gallery with selected works curated by the students. Children's dedicated gallery: dfac has a dedicated gallery (kokolakis family youth gallery) used exclusively for children's art work from 4. 5 yrs to 17 yrs. Dfac works closely with the pinellas school district' visual arts director to ensure that all of the schools throughout pinellas county have the opportunity to participate. The students whose art is selected are given memberships to dfac and art supplies, as well as certificates of achievement. These are wonderful events to attend as each child, whose work is exhibited (all works are displayed in professional frames) and their families are full of pride. A child's dedicated clay lab: dfac has 12 wheels/and a hand building studio which can be used exclusively by children, while the adults are in the adjoining clay lab. David l. Mason children's hands on art museum (dlm museum): a big part of our youth education program is the children's hands on art museum. It gives children the opportunity to explore all the different media used in art from clay to electronic graphics and green screen. The dlm museum is designed by dfac's youth education director and every year it has a new theme which explores the relation between art and the other humanity disciplines tailored for teachers of all subjects. During 2013-14 the theme was land of the lost, where all areas of this area deal with civilizations that are now historical, such as pharaohs and pyramids of egypt; heraldry of great britain; legends of atlantis; all demonstrating the interaction of art, history, language and legend. All aspects of the children's area relate to the theme including the computer games, educational activities and educational stations. School tours: two (2) hour long school tours which begin with a gallery tour (dfac has 5 galleries and the youth education director take the children through at least 3 of the 5 galleries) and talk where specific ideas and concepts are discussed in an interactive forum. The 45 minute gallery talk is followed by instruction in the dlm museum area and then a specific art activity related to their class studies is worked on and completed.
exhibits: dfac has museum quality exhibitions which are organized by our curatorial staff. These exhibits change every eight weeks. The curator (who holds a bfa and is an award winning artist) selects the theme of the exhibit and ensures that the artists' works represent the best quality of work in keeping with that theme. Each exhibit has a student/faculty section displayed in tandem with the national or international artists. This is both a teaching and cultural tool because greater tampa bay residents, who may not be students visit dfac to see the exhibits, hear the lectures by visiting/exhibiting artists and demonstrations - just as they would visit a museum. Our students learn and develop more technique and understanding of visual arts media by experiencing a diversified range of art. The exhibits are used for our school tours, where the students have a gallery experience (similar to teaching how to visit, enjoy and learn at a museum) followed by time in the children's hands on art museum and then they work on a school project which relates art to their fcat studies. Once a year, every student, faculty and member has the opportunity to show one piece of art in the annual student member show. This is a very popular exhibit with at least 400 entries which demonstrates the many areas of studio art taught at dfac.
memberships and donations subsidize all programs provided by dfac and are not included in these program revenues.
I came to the Fine Arts Center on a recommendation from a friend for a community service project. My experience has been wonderful and I feel as though I have really been a helpful asset in the culture of the Dunedin community. Now, graduating high school, I feel that this has set a productive course for my community involvement in the future and throughout my education at Florida State University. I would recommend the volunteer program at DFAC many times over and encourage everyone to become a part of the arts community in their area.