1975- A group of art-loving citizens hold the first Mount Dora Arts Festival. It is a small but successful event that brings beautiful artwork to the streets of downtown Mount Dora, Florida. It is decided to have an Arts Festival every year.

1984- Many of these same citizens who organized the first Arts Festival band together to form the Mount Dora Cultural Council. It is their goal to celebrate the arts in Mount Dora, as well as further promote and improve the quality of the Arts Festival. Staffed by volunteers and funded through membership dues and private contributions, the Cultural Council begins to grow.

1985- The Mount Dora Cultural Council moves into a two story building at 138 East 5th Ave to provide art education to local children and adults. 
1986- The Board of Trustees resolves to change the name to Mount Dora Center for the Arts (MDCA).  

1995 – With a 30% down payment and owner-financed mortgage, MDCA buys the building where the Arts Center is currently located.

2021- MDCA outgrows their space. Having no elevator for instructors, students and guests in the old, two story brick building plus the rising cost of repairs and no where to expand, the MDCA board makes the decision to sell their building.

In April, 2022 MDCA closed on the sale of their building. Proceeds will be used to invest in the growth of the center and help to build out a new, state of the art facility on Royellou Lane, right behind their old location on 5th Ave. Construction is set to begin in Summer, 2022.

Today, Mount Dora Center for the Arts brings art to lives through their annual Art Festival and events,  classes and workshops,  gallery exhibits, children’s outreach programs, and through partnerships with local art studios.