During a short ceremony Tuesday, the Dunedin Fine Art Center officially broke ground for a planned renovation of nearly 11,000 square feet that will add about 7,500 square feet to DFAC's main campus at 1143 Michigan Blvd.
Designed by Collman and Karsky Architects of Tampa and constructed by J. Kokolakis Contracting of Tarpon Springs, the $2.9 million project is the third phase in the center's Expanding Creative Visions capital campaign.
According to George Ann Bissett, DFAC's executive director, this phase, termed Vision 2013, offers significant expansion and improvement for DFAC's programs while also laying the groundwork for the fourth and final expansion on the site.
"It's exciting to see this project moving forward," said 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."
Charles Klein, president of DFAC's board of directors, said, "I think this speaks strongly to the important role DFAC plays in the community and also to the faith that the community places in the future of the organization."
The construction, made possible by a state matching grant and funding from the city of Dunedin, will add a new gallery and four studio/classrooms as well as house a renovated Gallery Gift Shop and Palm Cafe.
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