Community Connections Project

Community Connections Project Overview 

The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is a community gathering place. Gadsden Arts offers cultural enrichment, stimulates tourism, and anchors revitalization. The Community Connections project will increase all of the organization’s positive impacts and its ability to attract and serve people. This project will... 

  • Add a Community Gallery dedicated to exhibits of art and craft by local people 
  • Add a Walk-in Art Studio & Children’s Gallery with magnetic walls 
  • Improve 2nd floor & basement Art Studios
  • Expand the Permanent Collection Gallery
  • Improve and enlarge Collections Storage and Art Receiving Areas
  • Expand & re-furnish the Museum Shop
  • Add and expand staff offices 
  • Activate another building on Quincy’s historic Courthouse Square 


Check out the renovation progress!

Click on the picture below and view images of the areas of the museum updated August through December 2016.
Expansion construction began August 2017!
Call Grace Robinson for your project tour (850) 627-5020


Community Connections

Community Gallery & Museum Shop


Gadsden Arts is known for hosting quality exhibitions offering cultural and historical content, and work by master artists. These exhibitions, made accessible through interpretive programs and free admission, offer enrichment for area residents and school groups while also attracting visitors from a distance. 


In the new Community Gallery, Gadsden Arts will also have the capacity to host exhibitions of work by art students, local artists and crafts people. For many, this will be their first time exhibiting work in a museum. 


Museum Shop expansion will also offer more of our region’s creative people the opportunity to exhibit and sell work, and will attract more visitors who seek affordable, unique art and crafts.

Walk-In Art Studio & Children’s Gallery

Families need fun, affordable, community outings. The new Walk-In Art Studio will allow families to experience art in an active way - by making some. Children are naturally hungry to create. Often, they convince a parent or guardian to bring them into a studio like this, and in the end, the adults enjoy creating as much as the children do. Families will be able to visit the studio at any time, and with a little guidance from trained volunteers, make a work of art to take home with them. For some, this will be the first experience with art, and could lead to increased interest in other museum programs. The new space will also feature
 a Children’s Gallery with magnetic walls, letting children install their work for others to see in an ever-changing exhibition.


Collection Storage & Exhibition Space

Gadsden Arts preserves cultural heritage for current and future generations through its Permanent Collection of art. The focus of the collection is contemporary art from the Southeastern United States, which includes a collection of Southern Vernacular Art. With the acquisition of similar work by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) in 2015, Southern Vernacular Art is recognized as some of the most important American Contemporary Art of the 20th Century.

This project will meet the need for more space to house our collection when it is not on view, crate objects for museum loans, store object crates and pedestals, and exhibit works from the collection for the benefit of our community.


Digital renderings of the proposed Margaret M. Thrower Vault provided by Lauren Trujillo. 


Community Connections 
Renovation & Expansion Project
Project Contributors 

(as of December 1, 2016)

Wendy and Nick Adams
Nancy and Tom Adams
The Archibald Foundation
Shirley and Frank Baker
Patricia Barmeyer
Angie and Chris Barry
Jan and Dick Bates
Patsy and Mark Bates
Kate and Josh Clark
Eleanor Clemons
Dianne and Doug Croley
Doug Croley Insurance Services, Inc.    
Nesta Cumbie
Janice and John Shaw Curry
Evelyn and Ernie Davis
Judy Davis
Penny and Moritz Dehler
De La Valdene Family Foundation
Priscilla and Dick Dreibelbis
Julie and Everitt Drew
Shirley and Ed Dyal
Katherine Fisher
Denise and Bert Fletcher
Carole and Duncan Fletcher
Martha and Mark Fletcher
Taylor Fletcher
Anissa Ford
Russell Fryar
Zoe Golloway and Jim Eggert
Bettie Jane Grant
Juliane and George Hackney
Laura and David Harris
Lucy and Fred Harris
Terry and Mike Hawkins
Marilynn and E. Cantey Higdon
Emily and John Higdon
Roslyn and Pat Higdon, Jr.
Sandy Higdon
Calynne and Lou Hill
Mart Hill
Jane and Alex Hinson
Stewart Hinson
Tee and Wilson Hinson
Melanie and Bradley Joyner
Charlotte Kelley
Ellen and John Lewis
Alma and Gentle Littles
Margaret MacCary
Altha Manning
Brenda Martin
Sara Ruth and William H. McKeown
Dawn and Leo McMillan
Sabrina and Bill McMillan, CSI Contracting
Mary Margaret and Larry McNeill
Joe Munroe
Becky and Ron Tiller, Newberry Family Foundation
Jeannette and Ed Parramore
Becky and Stewart Parsons
Jenifer and Jared Policastro
Paula Walborsky and Kent Putnam
Becky and Steve Reep
Grace Robinson and Tom Morgan
Betty Ann and Jim Rodgers
Joel Sampson, Architect
Karol Dover Selvaggio
Adelaide Suber
Karen Suber
Talquin Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Don Taylor
Mary Ann Thomas
Ranie and Jason Thompson
Carolyn and Randolph Thrower
Marjorie Turnbull
Susan and Otey Walker
Medora and James Wester
Mary and George Wickham
Alan Williams
Nancy Wingenbach
Leewood and Tom Woodell
Elaine and Bob Woodward
Mary Jane and Pat Woodward
Mayo Woodward
Phyllis Wooten

Public Support
  • Institute of Museums and Library Services
  • City of Quincy
  • Gadsden County
  • Quincy Community Redevelopment Agency

Facility Name Recognition

(Specific verbiage may change)

  • Wendy and Nick Adams Collections Area
  • Jean Gard Fletcher Museum Shop
  • Jessie Shaw Bates and Mortimer B. Bates, Jr. Lobby
  • E.W. "Ned" Hinson and Frances Gray Thomas Hinson History Hall
  • Jane and Alex Hinson Children’s Art Gallery
  • Munroe Family Community Gallery
  • Margaret M. Thrower Collections Area
  • Sarah K. Newberry Gallery
  • Woodell Family Art Studio
  • Woodward Family Children’s Studio


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, MA-31-16-0353-16


You can be a part of this project!


There are many ways that you can be an important part of this project:

  • Come and tour the project so that you can share this vision with others
  • Tell others about the project and invite them to come tour with you
  • Pledge or contribute a gift at any level - every contribution helps!
  • Volunteer! Help design activities; help visitors once the studio is open; assist with Community Gallery installations; and more
  • Schedule a presentation by Gadsden Arts staff for your civic group or club
  • Ask your company or civic group to sponsor “Family Free Saturdays” in the new studio
  • Or something else! Contact Grace to share your ideas (850) 627-5020.

Contact Executive Director Grace Robinson for more information!; 850-627-5020


Download the Pledge Form 
  Download the full Community Connections booklet
request a copy (850-627-5020).  

Help us bring the magic of art to our community!

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture


Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, 
Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs,
and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture



Stay In Touch:

Copyright 2018, Gadsden Arts, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All images of artwork are the sole property of the artist or the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, and may not be reproduced or distributed without written permission.



850.875.4866 | 13 N. Madison St. | Quincy, FL 32351