We're Celebrating 25 Years!

2015 Marks the 25th Anniversary of Delray Beach Center for the Arts (formerly known as Old School Square Cultural Arts Center). This important milestone comes with thanks to our founder and visionary, Frances F. Bourque and to all of the City of Delray Beach and community leaders and friends who worked with her in the beginning to save and restore our historic school buildings so they could be re-imagined and re-adapted as an award-winning cultural center.

To honor our 25th Anniversary, we have selected several events that speak to our core programming "pillars" of EVENTS, THEATER, EXHIBITS and LEARNING. We invite everyone to celebrate with us!

January 30 – Free Friday Concert with B Street Band - Outdoor Pavilion, Friday, 7:30 p.m.  Free admission. The final concert of the 2014-15 series is a Bruce Springsteen tribute and a community appreciation night. Look for some special announcements and giveaways!

February 18, 2015 – Doug Montgomery in Concert - Crest Theatre, Wednesday, 8 p.m.; free admission for members (limited availability); $25 non-members. This concert with world-class pianist, Doug Montgomery is a member appreciation night.  Member tickets must be reserved in advance by January 30th; remaining seats go on sale to the public February 2nd. Montgomery, based in Santa Fe, has been entertaining music lovers around the world for over 30 years.  He has made several appearances at the Crest Theatre over the years.  His unforgettable live performances and his numerous versatile recordings reveal the vast talent of this world-class musician.

February 27, 2015 – The Country Mile - Outdoor Pavilion, Friday, 7 p.m.; general admission tickets: $30 (limited presale), $37 (advance), $40 (gate); premium admission tickets: $50 (bleacher seating); $100 (VIP seating with food/drink vouchers). National act, PARMALEE will headline this evening of country music.  Gates open at 5:30 p.m.  Special guest and local favorite, Amber Leigh kicks off the evening at 7:00 p.m. and headliner, Parmalee takes the stage at 9:00 p.m.  PARMALEE (, one of today’s hottest young country bands, includes brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox and life-long best friend Josh McSwain.  Their debut album, FEELS LIKE CAROLINA, has been lauded by People, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsday, Billboard and others. The album features consecutive hit singles, “Carolina” and “Musta Had a Good Time” and their current single, “Close Your Eyes.”

March 26, 2015 – Bling Fling - Cornell Museum of Art, Thursday, 9-11 p.m.; tickets TBA. An illuminating, bling-filled evening of dazzling art, sparkling cocktails, light bites and DJ dance music.  Creative cocktail attire and sequins encouraged!

April 18, 2015 - Open House - School of Creative Arts, Saturday, 1-3 p.m. Meet our instructors, visit with some of our students and learn how our programs can help you discover or expand your creative potential!  Find out about classes and workshops for winter terms, and enjoy the student art showcase on display in the Crest Galleries.

May 8, 2015 - Old School BeerFest - Outdoor Pavilion, Friday, 6:30 p.m. (VIP Early Entry); 7:30 p.m. (General Entry); tickets $50 (VIP) and $35 (General). Celebrate the art of a well-crafted beer with unlimited sampling of local craft home brews and popular national brands.  Great live music and pub bites available for purchase.

November 7, 2015 - 25th Anniversary Gala - Crest Theatre, Saturday, 7 p.m. This special dinner/performance fundraiser will feature a farewell performance by retiring President/CEO, Joe Gillie and long-time performing partners, Susan Hatfield and Kay Brady plus special guest stars!  The performance will be followed by dinner in the Vintage Gym.

Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Delray Beach Center for the Arts offers “a total arts experience™” through events, theater, exhibits and learning opportunities.  The historic campus includes the intimate Crest Theatre (in the restored 1925 Delray High School building) the Cornell Museum of Art (in the 1913 Delray Elementary building), and the Vintage Gymnasium (c. 1925).  The Pavilion, which opened in 2002, hosts outdoor concerts and festivals.  The School of Creative Arts (located on the second floor of the Crest Theatre) offers art, photography and writing classes and workshops.  The Center also serves as a venue for community, corporate, private and media events.  For information on performances, exhibits, classes or facility rentals, call 561-243-7922 or visit

This project is sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


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