Planned Gateway Center for the Arts, DeBary, Florida

This 17,648 square foot art center slated to be built at the corner of Saxon Blvd and U.S. 17-92, in DeBary, Florida. Groundbreaking is scheduled for the fall of 2007.

The state of the art facility will include exhibit halls, performance areas and studios for artists of many disciplines.

Funded by Echo, State of Florida, DeBary, FL and many others.

Capitol Campaign Office

Debary Art League - Phone: 1- 386-668-5553 -

Address: 155 S. Highway 17-92 - suite B- Debary Florida 32713

Contributions gratefully accepted!

This grass roots campaign has involved hundreds of Volusia County Citizens

Recent letter from Volusia County Commissioner Patricia Northey:

From: <>Patricia Northey
To: <>
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2007 8:14 AM
Subject: Re: Gateway Center for the Arts

Dear Sandra and group,

I am so proud of you all and what you have accomplished. Your community is enriched many times over by the singular effort you have made on behalf of the Gateway Center. You have it all, the vision to know what you want and the desire to go get it and most importantly you all were never afraid of the work to make it happen. Perhaps you can now take a breather (maybe a day or two!) and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Congratulations! It could not have happened to a nicer group of folks.   /p



What is Gateway Center for the Arts?
GCA is a one story, multipurpose, handicapped accessible community cultural arts center.
GCA is an educational facility for the arts. It will provide classrooms, studios, kiln room, exhibit space, lecture hall, auditorium with innovative performance and small theater ability, catering kitchen, gift shop, offices and lobby-reception area.
The Center will be suitable for corporate meetings, conferences, and receptions.

Why do we need Gateway Center for the Arts?
No other cultural art facility exists to serve the people in southwest Volusia County.
Increase quality of life in otherwise underserved population of Volusia County.
It will provide and give access to a suitable fulfillment of cultural, leisure, and professional needs for the enrichment of the total community and its visitors.
GCA will raise the cultural standards of our community.
It will provide a positive impact on growth and revitalizations to the growing communities of southwest Volusia County.
It will attract cultural based tourism.

Where: GCA is located at the intersection of Saxon Ave and U.S. 17-92
A highly visible and centralized location that will provide easy community access from Deltona, Orange City, DeBary and Enterprise.
It will attract cultural tourism off I-4 with programs, exhibits & special events.
On the Gateway Corridor into Volusia County, providing a cultural bridge between Volusia, Lake, Orange, and Seminole Counties.
Ideal relationship to the proposed commuter rail and the extension of Saxon Boulevard to attract visitors, students, and cultural partnerships.
Location will assist in economic impact on existing businesses and have direct influence on new businesses.

Who Supports the Gateway Center for the Arts Project?
DeBary Art League (DAL), a not-for-profit - grass root organization with a diverse membership of over 340 representing DeBary, Deltona, Orange City, Enterprise, Osteen, and other Volusia county locations as well as Orlando, Winter Park, Sanford, and Daytona Beach areas. It was incorporated in 1998 with 67 members and an expressed purpose to build a "center for the arts" in its by-laws. It dedicated its program to serve children and adults in our communities by bringing cultural awareness to an underserved community, southwest Volusia County.

Funding includes donations from DAL members, other organizations, fund-raising events, corporation funds from Daytona Beach News-Journal, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, International Speedway, Lacey Foundation, ICI Homes, J &G Productions, White Heart Designs, Innocepts (Orlando) Cross Professional Services (Orlando), Bright House Corporation - also funds from the city of Debary, Volusia County ECHO funds, State appropriations, Federal HUD Economic Initiative.

Naming rights: formal gallery/studios/ name recognition, are available.

Estimated cost: $3,700,000.

When will Gateway Center for the Arts be opened to the public?
Pending ­ ground breaking ­ Completion expected by November 2008.