Gadsden County, Florida --
This week, interim Secretary of State Dawn Roberts approved final rankings for State of Florida grant applicants, listing the Gadsden Arts Centers Dean Mitchell: Rich in Spirit project as the leading Culture Builds Florida project application in the state. Culture Builds Florida grants fund arts and culture projects that stimulate the economy, generate tourism, and help revitalize Floridas cities. Executive Director Grace Maloy and intern Staci Peterson wrote this proposal.
This is an exciting accomplishment for a very small organization like the Gadsden Arts Center, said Maloy. At the state level, we are competing for grant funding with much larger organizations such as major museums and city governments. Our goal is to design quality projects that educate people in the arts, while supporting Gadsden County economic development and downtown Quincy revitalization by drawing visitors from a broad region who dine, buy gasoline, shop, and leave with a positive impression of our community.
The core of the project is an exhibition of art by Quincy native Dean Mitchell, an internationally award-winning painter, who says his work has always been about the richness of the human spirit, survival without material wealth. In the 2011 exhibition, he will continue this theme with the added intention of sharing with the audience what it means to him to feel alive through less means and to encourage Americans in general to share themselves on a deeper spiritual level. Gadsden Arts will offer guided group tours, audio tours, Family Gallery Guides, student Learning Guides, thematic student art contests, a video display, and Family Watercolor Workshops as part of this community project.
The Gadsden Arts Center is located on Quincys historic Courthouse Square at 13 N. Madison St., just 10 miles from Tallahassee City Limits. Admission is $1 (members and children admitted free). Miss Helens Espresso Caf Dart and the Artists Guild Co-op are open MondayFriday 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm. Catering Services and Guided Luncheon Tours are available by calling (850) 875-4866.
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