Links of Interest
Volusia County Cultural Alliance (VCCA)
VCCA is a non-profit network of community cultural organizations, individual artists and local businesses, committed to the development of the arts in Volusia County with a focus on the enhancement of quality of life for Volusia residents and visitors. VCCA seeks to advocate for cultural and arts issues and resources, serve as a liaison to government and civic groups, recognize and honor cultural leaders, provide forums and workshops, and encouraging cultural enthusiasm and awareness. Visit VCCA's website to sign up for a weekly events email bulletin.
African American Museum of the Arts – (DeLand)
AAMA is the only museum in the area devoted primarily to African American cultures and art, housing a revolving gallery where visitors will find works of both established and emerging artists.
ArtHaus – (Port Orange)
ArtHaus is a non-profit organization that enhances the art education of youth and provides cultural enrichment for the community by showcasing student art at its gallery and through outreach programs.
Artists’ Workshop - (New Smyrna Beach)
The Artists’ Workshop's purpose is to foster and encourage art and its appreciation, to create friendly and sympathetic relations in club and community, promoting and exchanging ideas among members, and to further opportunities for participation in classes and show.
Art League of Daytona Beach – (Daytona Beach)
The Art League of Daytona Beach is a friendly and welcoming place for artists, and is the only venue in Volusia County that offers artists of all levels the opportunity to exhibit their works regularly in a professional gallery setting.
Athens Theatre/Sands Theater Center – (DeLand)
The Athens Theatre produces eight Broadway caliber shows per season as well as independently produced concerts, dramas, musicals and other live events. The Athens Theatre Youth Academy operates a summer camp and monthly workshops to educate youth on aspects of the performing arts.
Atlantic Center for the Arts – (New Smyrna Beach)
A non-profit, interdisciplinary artists’ community and arts education facility dedicated to promoting artistic excellence by providing talented artists an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world’s most distinguished contemporary artists in the fields of composing, visual, literary and performing arts.
Bel Canto Singers – (Daytona Beach)
Bel Canto is Italian for beautiful singing. The Bel Canto Singers perform three to four classical and semi-classical music concerts yearly, and may also be heard throughout the area performing in churches, auditoriums, university halls and performing art centers. The group also performs in collaborative efforts with international, national and local directors and with other artists and chorales.
Cinderic Documentaries – (DeLand)
A non-profit organization with a mission to preserve history and culture and create a record of vanishing places and lifestyles unique to Florida through documentary photography, oral histories, and other narratives.
Cinematique Theater of Daytona – (Daytona Beach)
Cinematique brings international, national and local independent film to the citizens of Daytona Beach and the surrounding area, including premium independent and foreign films, and the Daytona Beach Film Festival, where local and student filmmakers may show their work.
Commemorative Air Force, Florida Wing – (DeLand)
The Florida Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) works to provide future generations of Americans with an understanding and an appreciation of the contributions of military aviation toward our nation’s freedom. The Florida Wing maintains a flying T-34 Navy Trainer as part of the CAF’s national fleet of flyable vintage aircraft.
Creative Happiness Institute – (Daytona Beach)
The Creative Happiness Institute (CHI) is a non-profit educational organization that works to present literary activities including creative writing and poetry. CHI sponsors visiting writers and lecturers, poetry slams, events tied to holidays, and important speakers visiting the Daytona Beach area.
Daytona Beach Choral Society – (Daytona Beach)
The Choral Society shares the joy of singing with the people of Volusia County by performing a variety of choral music in various settings and area venues. Songs inspired by man's religious impulse, sacred and secular, American and Western European folk songs, American Negro spirituals, and music from the stage, theater, and popular song books are likely to be heard in a typical DBCS concert.
Daytona Blues Festival – (Daytona Beach)
The Blues Festival is held at the historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark in downtown Daytona Beach each year and features nationally and internationally known performers and emerging blues artists, drawing blues lovers from all over the US, Canada and Europe.
Daytona Playhouse – (Daytona Beach)
The Daytona Playhouse enriches our community and visitors with diverse, innovative live theatre experiences through high-quality productions and creative opportunities for all ages, promoting appreciation for and education in all phases of theatre arts.
Daytona Beach Symphony Society – (Daytona Beach)
The Symphony Society shares the excitement of classical and modern music, dance and opera audiences. It inspires and encourage the students of Volusia County to develop an appreciation for music. By bringing the highest quality national and international symphonic orchestras and soloists to Volusia County, it generates an awareness and appreciation of music, dance and opera for all residents and visitors.
DeBary Hall Historic Site – (DeBary)
History is alive at DeBary Hall Historic Site, a magnificent 19th century hunting estate overlooking the St. Johns River. The site is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and offers award-winning exhibits, multimedia programs, guided tours and lectures, focusing on the St. Johns River region, the winter house and lands, and Florida people who worked at the big estate.
DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts – (DeLand)
The downtown DeLand historic district provides a charming backdrop every November for this annual juried art festival, featuring 175 national artists displaying their works including pottery, sculpture, woodwork and photography.
Enterprise Preservation Society – (Enterprise)
The Enterprise Preservation Society makes its home in the restored Enterprise elementary school, now a museum and cultural center, preserving and sharing an extensive collection of historic letters, documents, photos, artifacts and other materials related to the history of Enterprise and surrounding communities.
Gateway Center for the Arts – (DeBary)
Gateway Center for the Arts seeks to advance the quality of life residents and visitors by making available and providing access to multi-disciplines of art and culture, bringing aesthetic awareness, and promoting lifelong learning and wellness to people of all ages, cultural heritage and abilities. Gateway Center encourages and perpetuates the production, preservation, conservation, viewing of the fine arts, and the educational support of the arts to all.
Halifax Historical Museum – (Daytona Beach)
Home of the Halifax Historical Society, located in the former Merchant's Bank Building in the heart of the downtown historical district of Daytona Beach. The Halifax Historical Museum presents the history of the Halifax River area in an interesting and educational manner. In addition to an array of exhibits, the museum offers a variety of tools for researchers, including newspaper archives, photographic archives, vertical file materials, books & magazines, documents and manuscripts.
Hand Art Center – (DeLand)
Stetson University’s Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center houses the university’s extensive collection of art by Modernist painter Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938). The center includes rotating selections from the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection and other works from the university’s permanent art collection or for special shows. Additional spaces feature a reception area, vault, preparation area and an art study/seminar room.
Henry A. DeLand House Museum – (DeLand)
Home of the West Volusia Historical Society, which works to preserve and promote the history of West Volusia through quality educational programming, exhibits, fostering local history research and encouraging heritage preservation.
Heritage Preservation Trust – (Daytona Beach)
The mission of the Heritage Preservation Trust is to work for preservation and restoration of historical artifacts, buildings, lands, and sites in Volusia County through educational programs, fund raising, and grant acquisition. The Trust has preserved Lilian Place as a historic museum now open to the public, and is presently renovating and preserving the 1905 Hotchkiss House.
The Hub on Canal – (New Smyrna Beach)
Twenty-six studios are occupied by artists working in a multitude of mediums, from painters to ceramic artists, videographers to jewelers, fiber artists to sculptors, as well as a few non-visual artists – a writer, an architect and a musician. More than 65 artists are represented. Programs in art, music, crafts, the humanities, yoga/movement and dance are ongoing.
Images: A Festival of the Arts – (New Smyrna Beach)
IMAGES is considered one of the top outdoor art shows in the Southeast US, presenting more than 200 artists from 28 states and Canada. The weekend of festivities includes outstanding art, live music, a student art exhibit, and a creative education tent for children in partnership with art educators from local schools.
Iranian American Society – (Daytona Beach)
The Iranian American Society works to celebrate and share the rich culture and traditions of Iranian heritage alive in our community with the hope of fostering friendship and better understanding. The group offers programs such the Nowruz Festival and the Noor Film Festival, and other live music and dance concerts, and hosts visiting lecturers.
Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach – (New Smyrna Beach)
Community theater presenting numerous productions throughout the year and in the summertime.
MacDonald House – (Ormond Beach)
Home of the Ormond Beach Welcome Center and the Ormond Beach Historical Society, which preserves and promotes some of the most significant historical sites and structures in Ormond Beach. The historical society offers scenic historical bus and walking tours, lectures, programs, displays and publications detailing Ormond Beach’s and Florida’s history.
Mary McCloud Bethune Performing Arts and Visual Arts Gallery – (Daytona Beach)
On the campus of Bethune-Cookman College, the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center & Visual Art Gallery is committed to offering a diverse mix of entertainment and educational events of the highest quality to the students, faculty and staff of B-CC as well as to the citizens of Volusia County and east central Florida. The new Visual Arts Gallery provides a state of the art exhibition venue for all forms of visual art.
Museum of Arts and Sciences – (Daytona Beach)
The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is the largest art, science and history museum in Central Florida, nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. MOAS features exhibits curated from its extensive collections and from partnering institutions, along with educational programs, Planetarium star shows, a Children’s Museum and Gamble Place Historic Site. The museum’s Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art showcases the largest known collection of Florida art in the world.
Museum of Florida Art – DeLand – (DeLand)
The Museum of Art – DeLand is a vital and interactive non-profit community visual arts museum dedicated to the collecting, preservation, study, display and educational use of the fine arts. In addition to the permanent collection, the Museum is host to several rotating exhibits, gallery talks and receptions, educational programming, master artist workshops and special events throughout the year.
New Smyrna Museum of History – (New Smyrna Beach)
Home of the Southeast Volusia Historical Society, the focal point of the museum is the New Smyrna Settlement exhibit, devoted to colonial period founders of New Smyrna. Other galleries give a chronological overview of area history. The Sheldon Research Library contains documents, books, periodicals, maps and photographs relating to the history of New Smyrna Beach.
Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens – (Ormond Beach)
The Ormond Art Museum was founded as a living monument to creative freedom and equality of all persons, and to commemorate the service of World War I & II veterans. The work of prominent Florida, regional and national artists is featured throughout the year, as is an annual student art show.
Peabody Auditorium – (Daytona Beach)
The Peabody is one of Central Florida’s preeminent showplaces for international and national artists, community events, and civic programs. The auditorium offers performances of the finest professional theater, music, comedy, dance, children’s productions, opera and Broadway shows, provides educational and community programs, and remains a vital part of the areas cultural life.
Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts – (Barberville)
The Pioneer Settlement works to educate and entrust the public and future generations with knowledge of the pioneer lifestyle of our Florida forefathers, through hands-on experiences, folk life demonstrations, preservation and historical exhibits, and family-friendly events.
Shoestring Theatre – (Lake Helen)
Providing intimate theatrical productions of the highest quality, education in the performing arts for all ages, and creative variety in musical entertainment, while building lasting relationships in the community.
Southeast Museum of Photography – (Daytona Beach)
The Southeast Museum of Photography exhibits, collects, preserves, and interprets photography to facilitate teaching and learning at Daytona State College, and enhances the community's understanding and appreciation of culture, history, art and photography.
Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre – (New Smyrna Beach)
Surfscape (SCDT) is a professional modern dance company comprised of highly trained professional dancers that presents several concert events locally each year as well as international touring. In addition to presenting compelling dance productions, SCDT also offers lecture demonstrations, master classes, intensives, residencies, open rehearsals, pre-post performance discussions and a long list of community outreach programs.
USA Dance, Daytona Chapter – (Daytona Beach)
USA Dance is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to providing ballroom dancing programs for the enjoyment and benefit of the general public. Its mission is to promote ballroom dancing as a fun, healthy, recreational activity, and it strives to encourage, educate and inform the public about dance through lessons, social dances and other dance-related events.
Volusia Community Symphony – (DeLand)
The Volusia Community Symphony is a volunteer orchestra performing various working including “pop classical,” light classical, movie soundtracks, patriotic pieces, marches and Broadway show music. Musician range from middle and high school age to young adults and seniors. The group performs in and around Volusia County.