Local art center paints a bright new future with change

New board chair, building and chief executive part of Mount Dora Center for the Arts’ new favorable growth plan

MOUNT DORA, FLORIDA, USA, April 5, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Mount Dora Center for the Arts (MDCA) today announced that positive changes are underway at the center. The nonprofit has released new information regarding a new chairman of the board, the sale of its building and its search for a permanent chief executive.

Established community leader Cathy Hoechst was unanimously elected as the new Chair of the MDCA Board of Directors in March. Hoechst is the former mayor of Mount Dora and her extensive and ongoing work with multiple organizations will add a level of experience to successfully run the center.

Hoechst states: “We are delighted to announce the closing of the sale of our building. We have outgrown our current location and look forward to expanding into a new state-of-the-art facility next year. »

The iconic art establishment doesn’t go far. Hoechst says, “We are not leaving Mount Dora. The new building will be constructed directly behind our current location at 138 E.5th Ave in the heart of downtown Mount Dora on Royellou Lane. “

MDCA’s new facility will feature 4,000 square feet, two floors, flexible classroom space and rooftop event space. Construction is due to start this summer.

Other notable news at MDCA is the announcement that Janet Gamache, the interim Executive Director since October 2021, has accepted the Board’s offer to serve as the center’s permanent Executive Director.

Gamache, who is well known in the community for her marketing roles at Visit Mount Dora, a non-profit organization that works to bring visitors to town, in addition to being a local business owner, has led two annual fundraising events at MDCA during his interim role which resulted in record earnings for each event.

MDCA’s largest fundraiser, the Mount Dora Arts Festival takes place in February each year. As many as 300 jured artists from across the country show up to exhibit, sell and compete for cash prizes on the streets of downtown Mount Dora, Florida. It attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year and its management requires dozens of volunteers. Gamache, already coordinator of the nationally ranked festival, said everything went smoothly and without a hitch.

“Coordinating people and projects is second nature to me. Having the opportunity to work doing what I love to do, supporting the arts and in the community I call home is a dream come true. Gamache adds, “Arts education and giving everyone the chance to experience artistic creativity is MDCA’s mission. Through successful fundraising, we will continue to offer thoughtful exhibitions in our gallery and showcase world-class artwork for free at our annual arts festival. MDCA also awards scholarships to children from financially constrained households to experience creativity through art classes and Art Camp each year. .

Registration for the Summer Art Camp is now open. To register or sponsor a child for the 2022 season, go to www.MountDoraArt.org.

The Mount Dora Center for the Arts is an IRS 501 (C3) approved nonprofit whose mission is to inspire curiosity, support creativity, and enrich lives through art, exhibitions and education.

For more information, please contact Board Chair Cathy Hoescht at (352) 383-0880.

Janet Gamache
Mount Dora Arts Center
+1 352-217-8390
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