Corporate Sponsors

The Gainesville Fine Arts Association has played a major role in the founding of The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center and continuing to provide financial and volunteer support. Thank you GFAA!

Other corporate sponsors are needed to ensure that The Doris continues to thrive and improve the quality of life for all Gainesville area residents and visitors.

State of Florida Ch 496 info for donations
A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. The Arts Association of Alachua County, DBA, The Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, is a 501 C 3 organization and your donation is tax-deductible as according to the law.

A Brief History of the Arts Association of Alachua County

Founded almost twenty-five years ago, the AAAC has developed,
implemented, and promoted a variety of programs and projects including
exhibitions, publications, co-sponsorship of
programs and events with the Chamber of Commerce, Cultural Affairs
Department, and
visual and performing arts organizations.  AAAC initiated and ran the
Downtown Arts
Festival.  Now run by the City of Gainesville, it is considered one of
the top festivals in
the nation. In the early years, AAAC served as the designated Local Arts
Agency until the City of Gainesville became the official agency.

The  AAAC was an initial sponsor of The  Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Writers Workshop in 1997.  For over ten years, this annual event
attracted writers from across the nation and abroad, as well as an
outstanding faculty including such members as Connie May Fowler, Jeff
Klinkenberg, Bill Maxwell, Shelley Mickle, Peter Meinke, and many

When our area needed a lead organization to help local groups organize
and apply for funding, the AAAC formed and led the 15-member Community
Arts Organization, helping member groups secure funding and presenting
cultural programs for the community on the Gainesville Downtown Plaza.
With the AAAC’s help, members of our Community Arts Organizations
received funding from the Alachua County Tourism funds through the
Visitors and Convention Bureau.   Member groups included:  Friends of
Jazz, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, Gainesville Ballet Theatre,
Gainesville Community Band, Gainesville Civic Chorus, Gainesville
Association for the Creative Arts, and others.  These groups met
regularly to keep each other informed of events and progress.  The
AAAC held grant-writing workshops to help teach community volunteers
in these groups how to access grant funds.

The AAAC has sponsored candidate forums to focus political attention
on the arts
and on the wealth of local art and artists in our area, publishes a
newsletter, and aims to provide networking opportunities to members.

AAAC members include individuals, artists, artistic groups, and
supporters of the arts from all areas of the county.   We hold annual
meetings, social events, and provide opportunities
for cross-marketing and cooperation among the agencies.

The AAAC also sponsored the Butterfly Photography Contest, creating a
beautiful calendar from the winning photos.  We sponsored Duval
Elementary’s Black Box Theatre Event, a display of children’s art at
the art festival in Tioga, and look forward to working with the school
to help provide other such experiences for  the students.

Our chief project today is founding the center in honor of Doris,
celebrating our shared vision for a cultural center for Alachua


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