Mount Dora Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization. MDCA is a multifaceted community center, providing fine art gallery exhibitions, educational programs for all ages and levels, monthly 2nd Friday Art in the Alley, an annual fine art auction, and a multitude of volunteer opportunities for all ages. The Mount Dora Center for the Arts also presents the Annual Mount Dora Arts Festival every first weekend of February. This celebrated art show brings together over 290+ nationally acclaimed artists, to beautiful historic downtown Mount Dora for a weekend-long arts experience.
Mount Dora Center for the Arts is committed to bringing arts alive in our diverse community by fostering creative minds and growth.
In 1975, a group of art-loving citizens held the first Mount Dora Arts Festival. It was a small event, but it was a big success. It was decided to have an Arts Festival every year.
In 1984, many of these same citizens of Mount Dora banded together to form the Mount Dora Cultural Council. It was their goal to celebrate the arts in Mount Dora, as well as further promote and improve the quality of the Arts Festival. Staffed by volunteers and funded through membership dues and private contributions, the Cultural Council began to grow.
In 1985, The Cultural Council moved into 138 East 5th Avenue. As time went by, more and more people joined the Cultural Council, and in 1986, the Board of Trustees resolved to change the name to Mount Dora Center for the Arts. The Mount Dora Center for the Arts has provided quality art experiences in the Lake County region of Central Florida ever since.
In 1995, with a 30% down payment and owner-financed mortgage, the MDCA Board of Trustees purchased the building where the Arts Center had been located ever since.
Today, Mount Dora Center for the Arts, strives to bring arts alive in our diverse community. By offering classes and workshops, gallery exhibits, children's outreach programs, Art Splash, annual jewelry show, annual arts festival, and more!
Mount Dora Center for the Arts is a member of the United Arts of Central Florida, FFEA (Florida Festival & Events Association), Rollins College Non-Profit, Arts & Cultural Alliance, NEFA (National Events & Festival Association), Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce, and Lake County Arts & Cultural Tourism.