I attended my first meeting of the Davenport Arts & Cultural Alliance (DACA) and I was not disappointed. Headed up by Abel Gonzalez and Scott Cook, these folks, via their 10-year-old organization named TheatreWorks Florida, are kicking off projects that should interest art lovers throughout Florida.
For three years now, DACA has helped to occupy the new section of the old Davenport school house. They’ve made improvements and helped inspire Polk County to tent the building for termites, thus protecting the value of this structure for posterity. (Why this building’s not our future community center is beyond me.)
Some of the items in DACA’s future planning include:
- Theater Performances (All comedies, my favorite!): September 2017, The Marvelous Wonderettes; December 2017 Winter Wonderettes; and March 2018 The Great American Trailer Park Musical.
- A special program for veterans called Vet Voices. TheatreWorks is depending on a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for this one. If granted, DACA plans to work with Florida Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics to provide creative outlets for our vets in need. It would be part of what their calling Arts & Healing, a program designed with around creative writing, arts, and theater.
- The Plein Air events, which is all the rage in Europe, the next one being at Holly Hill Fruit Products Company on May 20th.
- Next year’s Horse Creek Arts & Heritage Festival, set for March.
DACA’s next meeting’s on Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30 PM. If you’re into the arts in North-Eastern Polk, this is the meeting to attend.