The Greater Daytona Region is a Feast for All Five Senses

The arts scene is alive and thriving in the Greater Daytona Region.

Kevin Litwin
On Monday, April 27, 2020 - 23:47

The Greater Daytona Region’s diverse and thriving arts scene, which includes standout museums, galleries and performing arts venues, provides residents and visitors with some of the best in cultural opportunities anywhere.

One example is the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Daytona Beach, which is home to unique exhibits like Gone Fishing, Florida Weather and Visions of the Future. The Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach has a reputation for often being the starting point for new works that are eventually shown at national museums and performance centers.

The Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens in Ormond Beach showcases a variety of original artwork by Florida painters, while the outdoor gardens are considered a work of art by themselves. For devotees of the theater, places like Athens Theatre in DeLand and Shoestring Theatre in Lake Helen each stage several live performances each year.

Other art-related hot spots include the African American Museum of the Arts, Arts on Douglas, Cafe DaVinci, Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach Symphony Society, Peabody Auditorium and the Southeast Museum of Photography.

200+ Pieces of Art

Since 1990, the county has also backed an Art in Public Places program that allocates 0.5% of money from all county capital construction projects to be set aside to acquire artwork for permanent display. To date, more than $1 million has been appropriated to purchase 200+ pieces of art.

“Volusia County recently approved $14 million for renovations at Daytona Beach International Airport, so a half-percent of that money will go to the Art in Public Places program,” says Tim Baylie, director of Volusia County Parks, Recreation and Culture.

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“Volusia County is much more than our great beaches. Stellar museums, beautiful art and world-class performance venues – Volusia County has them all.”

Baylie adds that the organization Americans for the Arts estimates that the economic impact of the arts in Volusia County is almost $50 million annually and supports about 1,500 full-time  jobs.


Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.