A True Artists' Hub to Meet & Create
Passion and vision drive success. In the spring of 2010, a small group of friends and artists in New Smyrna Beach envisioned a stronger, more sustainable community created through the sharing of art. They dreamed of a central hub of artists who would make, showcase and teach art in a communal space, a welcoming place to gather. This central hub would act as the core support for the many spokes that would reach out to the community. The founders imagined spokes of collaboration, discovery, expression, and revitalization through art, music, and wellness. They understood that virtually all social impact studies find positive neighborhood effects associated with community arts and culture.
The hub of the art community defined The Hub on Canal's central vision: Art-Creating-Community. With hard work and dedication from a core team, the founders' bold dream came true in 2012. Early assistance from Volusia County and the City of New Smyrna Beach through a Community Redevelopment Grant allowed The Hub on Canal to grow to enable us to purchase our home in 2015: Two historic buildings located in the heart of New Smyrna Beach. Currently, workshop and studio spaces continue to be rented at capacity, and art is everywhere. The Hub on Canal houses close to 80 working artists, more than double the number in 2012. The Hub now offers at least 20 classes per week and schedules dozens of workshops annually.