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Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village

Destin, Florida
The Cultural Arts Village provides the infrastructure to unite the community through the arts.


Located on a 52 acre site in the heart of Destin’s commercial district, the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village has created a place for both local residents and tourists to come together and celebrate the literary, visual and performing arts.  Almost 10 years after DAG developed a master plan for the Village, the first phase opened, consisting of a permanent stage and event lawn to accommodate a 5,000 person audience, additional on-site parking, a sculpture entranceway, and a permanent restroom facility. 


The Dugas Pavilion and Village Green hosts a variety of artistic activities ranging from concerts and festivals to comedy and theatrical productions.  Future phases will include a mixed use building housing administrative offices, student art labs,  gallery and meeting space, a sculpture garden, and a 350-seat “black box” theater.  An Artist Village is also envisioned to provide a serene, productive environment for artist residency programs.  “[DAG’s] unwavering commitment towards creativity, design and vision has significantly contributed to the successful progress to develop a world-class cultural arts facility,” said Marcia Hull, Executive Director of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation.


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