St. Augustine IS the EpiCenter for Art & Culture on Florida’s First Coast.
The St. Augustine’s EpiCenter for Art & Culture will crown the burgeoning talent of this cultural enclave.
Romanza and our many friends strongly support the EpiCenter vision.
Over the years, members of the St. Johns County arts and culture community have repeatedly identified a critical need. The same need is prioritized as a “Strategic Opportunity” by the County’s 2010 “Destination Master Plan” (DMP), specifically: “Add a civic performing arts center in St. Augustine to complement the Flagler College Auditorium”.
A Civic Performing Arts Center (PAC) will be a hub of artistic and educational activity, a centerpiece of an existing arts district, a catalyst for economic development and new investment, and a cultural legacy for many generations to come. A PAC can attract high-value commerce and enjoyment to downtown every night of the week and all year long.
St. Augustine’s vibrant arts and cultural community is one of the County’s most unique and substantial assets, both for residents and visitors. “It’s no surprise that an art and culture community formed long ago and continues today. Creative people are drawn to areas that provide inspiration.” – DMP.
In December 2017 St. Johns County issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to commission an important market/feasibility Study on an arts and culture center – to be conducted in Spring 2018. Meanwhile the St. Augustine arts & cultural community is arranging to raise those millions of dollars we talked about on the phone a couple months ago. The Study will provide a great foundation and outline for the planning and fundraising. We thank St. Johns County Tourist Development Council for this critical support.
Potential EpiCenter users:
A Classic Theatre
EMMA Concert Association
First Coast Opera
Gamble Rogers Music Festival
North Florida Women’s Chorale
Romanza – St. Augustine, Inc.
St. Augustine Art Association
St. Augustine Ballet
St. Augustine Community Band
St. Augustine Community Chorus
St. Augustine Film Fest
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation
St. Augustine Music Fest
St. Augustine Orchestra
St. Augustine Youth Chorus
St. Johns County Cultural Council
The Dance Company