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To enrich our communities by sharing the transforming power of music and art,
free to all.
Beaches Fine Arts Series
Board of Trustees
Since 1972, Beaches Fine Arts Series has offered people of North Florida the chance to enjoy world-class music and dance in an annual season of performances, all for free. Programming encompasses an eclectic blend of styles from classical to contemporary, jazz to world music and dance, and traditional to avant-garde. BFAS is the only series in North Florida to be recorded for broadcast on American Public Media’s “Performance Today” on National Public Radio.
At each reception following our home venue concerts, we present an art exhibit featuring the works of a regional visual artist. All works are available for purchase, and we encourage concert goers to support these exceptionally talented artists.
Local community organizations donate food for our receptions and assist with ushering at the concerts. These “Community Hosts” include businesses, churches, schools, philanthropic and service organizations, as well as other arts organizations.
We also rely on a large corps of wonderful volunteers who serve collectively as our “Concert Crew” at each of our concerts, and who also support us by serving at our annual fundraisers, including the BFAST Triathlons and First Coast Dancing with the Stars.
The Beaches Fine Arts Series Triathlons or BFAST began in 1986 as a way to raise funds to support our free programs. The triathlons celebrated their 30th Anniversary in 2016 and continue to this day at Mickler’s Landing Beach Park in Ponte Vedra.
First Coast Dancing with the Stars began in 2013 and is held at WJCT Studio A. It continues to sell out each year. These successful fundraisers thrive because of our wonderful volunteers.
Educational Outreach Programs
Artists who perform on our series also perform educational outreach workshops as part of our award-winning outreach programs for thousands of students in North Florida including elementary, middle school, high school, and college students.
We typically target schools whose funding has limited the arts exposure all children should have, but many do not. We pay for bus transportation to and from our outreach concerts, where children are entertained and have an opportunity to ask questions of the artists.
Once per year, we host an artist or group for an entire week in an extended residency. Speciﬁc and appropriate schools are selected to receive the artists in their classrooms for in-depth study. Activity books and lesson plans are produced for the teachers to relate art and music with core academic subjects.
Our ability to remain free relies on community financial support, including Corporate Sponsorships, Grants, Foundation Support and Individual Donations.
BFAS relies on the corporate support of many fine local and national businesses strongly committed to our mission. As additional funding, BFAS established the Beaches Fine Arts Sprint Triathlons (BFAST) in 1986 to raise funds for the free music series and educational outreach programs. The races still continue to this day and are supported by wonderful volunteers and sponsors.
Shawn LeNoble, Vice-President
Dorreen Daly, Secretary
Corky Borders, Treasurer
Martha Gerding, Dir. of Development