After years of music-making, the founders of Central Florida Community Arts, Joshua Vickery and Jonathan Cole, came to the realization that Central Florida does not offer many cultural platforms for ALL musicians to use their talents. Therefore, in September of 2010, they decided to begin the journey of creating an incredible community arts program. They began reaching out to influential people in the Central Florida area and every one of them responded with overwhelming support – thus, Central Florida Community Arts was born. Since then, many people have been working hard to make this dream become a reality. The organization was molded into a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity and a Board of Directors and a team of staff members were developed.
After a successful kick off in February 2011, CFCArts performed their inaugural concert to over 1,200 people in May of 2011, with a choir of over 130 singers and an orchestra of over 35 players. Since then, Central Florida Community Arts has grown exponentially to become the nation’s largest Community Choir, Florida’s largest Symphony Orchestra, a flourishing community theatre, and a multitude of performing arts programs for students of all ages. With the reimagining of the School of the Arts in 2018, the school now has an Academy offering private lessons and group classes, outreach programs for under-supported or otherwise marginalized populations, arts experiences for healthy, older adults, and arts and wellness programs at 88 sites. This organization thrives in its partnerships and collaborations and reaches thousands of artists of all ages and abilities across a five-county region. With the vision to give everyone in Central Florida the opportunity to connect, serve, and perform, CFCArts strives to create a safe place where the arts are affordable and accessible to all – no one is left behind.