The Volusia County Cultural Alliance (VCCA) will honor Pat Northey for her service to Arts and Culture at its Annual Celebration and Awards Ceremony on May 2, 2022 from 6 pm to 8 pm at The Center in Deltona.  Northey, a former County Commissioner and long-time advocate for arts projects, will be the 15th recipient of the prestigious Tippen Davidson Award for the Arts.  This award, named for the former News-Journal Publisher and arts advocate, was established to recognize leadership and long-standing support for cultural endeavors in Volusia County.  Past honorees have included Cici and Hyatt Brown, Rene & Larry Sands, Nancy and Lowell Lohman, and Sally Mackay, along with many others.  Ms. Northey will receive a commissioned art glass piece by local artist L.C. Tobey at the ceremony.  She will be honored again in the Fall when her name will be added to the honoree wall outside Council Chambers at the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center in DeLand.

Pat Northey to receive Tippen Davidson Award for the Arts

Ms. Northey served as a Volusia County Council Member from January 1993 through December 2004 and January 2007 through December 2014 as an At-Large member and District 5 representative on the Volusia County Council. Her interests have ranged widely from environmental and clean water projects to the Gateway Center for the Performing Arts in Debary.  She has a long-standing interest in Volusia’s ECHO program having served as both the Chair of ECHO Volusia Forever Alliance and the Volusia County Council District 5 appointee to the Volusia County ECHO program.

Pamela Coffman to receive the Brady-Coolidge Arts Ambassador Award

The May dinner will also honor Pamela Coffman with the Brady-Coolidge Arts Ambassador Award which recognizes extensive ground-level work in local arts and culture in Volusia County.  This award is named after Ann Brady and Jennifer Coolidge, the long-time Executive Directors of the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Museum of Art DeLand, respectively.  Coffman is an accomplished art educator and professional artist with more than 21 years of experience teaching studio art and art history at the secondary and college level. She became Curator of Education at the Museum of Art Deland in 2008, reaching thousands of Volusia County children over her tenure.

Tickets and more information about the event are available at  Tickets are $35 for VCCA members and $40 for non-members.  Admission price includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer & wine, live performances and art exhibits.

The event is sponsored in part by The City of Deltona, The County of Volusia, Cultural Council of Volusia and Gage Publishing.

The VCCA is a non-profit network of community cultural organizations, individual artists and local businesses, committed to the development of the arts in the Volusia County and focused on the enhancement of the quality of life for our county’s residents and visitors.  VCCA is a membership organization that advocates for cultural and arts issues and resources, serves as a liaison between government and civic groups, recognizes cultural leaders, provides forums and workshop and encouraging cultural awareness. Media Release: Volusia County Cultural Alliance 


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