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Nonprofit Spotlight: Art Center of Citrus County

By Nancy Kennedy Chronicle Reporter Apr 30, 2022

Special to the Chronicle
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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

Plays and concerts, are a place for artists to meet other artists to learn from and gain inspiration and education and hone their skills.

As the cultural center of the county, a campus consisting of two buildings, a modern 200-seat theater, and a 6,500-square-foot Art and Education building, the Art Center offers a variety of visual arts, photography, youth programs, and live theater shows.

The mission of the Art Center of Citrus County is to encourage and promote participation, appreciation, and education of the arts in the community.

“The Art Center strives to provide many forms of artistic expression that bring entertainment and education to everyone in our community,” said Dianna Haynes.

When did the Art Center start?

The Art Center was founded by a handful of artists in 1964; incorporation came in 1973. In 1984 a single, small building was constructed at the current site and has grown to the current two-building campus.

What is the annual budget and how is it funded?

The annual operating budget is $160,000. The Art Center is supported by ticket sales, contributions, and membership dues.

Who’s in charge?

The Art Center is an all-volunteer organization, governed by a volunteer board that serves without compensation, a part-time executive director.

How many volunteers does the Art Center have? Are more needed, and if so, how can people volunteer?

The Art Center has roughly 250-500 volunteers throughout the year involved with the visual arts and theatrical productions.

There are many volunteer opportunities, from box office to acting, scenery, tech booth, the front-of-the-house manager and ushering, to helping with the artistic side of the organization, and social events.

Volunteer time can be anything from a steady three hours a week to just a couple of times a year.

Currently, volunteers are needed for the box office; also needed: a concession stand coordinator and helpers.

For information about volunteering, email: artcenterofcitruscounty@gmail.com or call 352-746-7606.

How has the pandemic affected the Art Center?

Two productions in the 2019/20 season and the whole 2020/21 season had to be canceled. As a result, it hurt the volunteer pool and attendance is 60 percent of what it was pre-pandemic.

What keeps members and volunteers motivated?

“People have been supportive of our organization and they are happy that our doors are open,” Haynes said. “Little by little more people are showing up to volunteer and go to the shows, and the happy smiles keep us going.”

How can the community help the Art Center help others?

“Spread the word about the Art Center,” Haynes said. “If you see us on social media, please share and like our events. Everybody you see on stage, behind the scenes, and in the art programs are all volunteers and can use the community’s support.”

INFO: Art Center of Citrus County is at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave., Hernando.

Email: artcenterofcitruscounty@gmail.com

Phone: 352-746-0924

Website: artcenterofcitruscounty.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artcenterofcitruscounty

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/artcentertheatre

Buy Tickets artcentertheatre.com

Chronicle reporter Nancy Kennedy can be reached at 352-564-2927 or by email at nkennedy@chronicleonline.com

In this photo from January 2022, the cast of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” rehearse for its debut back on Jan. 7.
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Art Exhibits

Citrus County Fairgrounds Art Exhibit Entry times Friday, March 22nd from 9:00am to 7:00pm and Saturday March 23rd from 9:00 to 3:00pm

This is at the CITRUS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

SECTION 160-Oil/Acrylic

Class:

  1. People, animals
  2. Places
  3. Things
  4. Other

SECTION 161-Watercolor/Water media

Class:

  1. People, animals
  2. Places
  3. Things
  4. Other

SECTION 162-Graphics (Drawings, etc.)
Class:

  1. Color: pastels, colored pencil, chalk, etc.
  2. Black and White: charcoal, pencil, pen and ink, etc.
  3. Mixed Media, (use of 2 or more materials in one piece)
  4. Original Computer Art
  5. Other

SECTION 163-Photography: Black /White
Class:

  1. People, animals
  2. Places
  3. Things
  4. Other

SECTION 164-Photography: Color
Class:

  1. People, animals
  2. Places
  3. Things
  4. Other

SECTION 165-Photography Enhanced:
Digitally or Hand Colored
Class:

  1. People, animals
  2. Places
  3. Things
  4. Other

SECTION 166-Novice*: Non Photography
Class:

  1. People, animals
  2. Places
  3. Things
  4. Other

SECTION 167-Novice*: Photography
Class:

  1. People, animals
  2. Places
  3. Things
  4. Other
    (*Any person who has never won a ribbon)

SECTION 168-Citrus County Points of Interest
Any medium (name and location required)
Class:

  1. Non Photography
  2. Photography

SECTION 169-Sculpture
Class:

  1. General
  2. Other

SECTION 200-Original Stained Glass
Items must be all handmade and of original design.
Class:

  1. General
  2. Other
    Projects made from kits are to be entered in Home Crafts, Section 125, Class 15, 16,17, & 18.

SECTION 201-Three Dimensional
Class:

  1. Clay, Pottery
  2. Original Jewelry
  3. Other
Citrus County Fair Rules