Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD) is a vibrant, creative community that boasts a rich history, an eclectic mix of art galleries, restaurants and shops, and a growing list of activities for visitors and residents to enjoy. The creative community is a vital element in building and sustaining unique and diverse places. By cultural organizations, working artists and creative businesses working together, the arts district contributes to the local economy by providing jobs, supporting other local businesses, and local revenue. Eau Gallie is an authentic historic Florida city, but it’s also a thriving commercial core and cultural hub; a place where generations have lived, worked and built the historic fabric of our downtown. EGAD Main Street is an affiliated member of the National Main Street Program, an initiative originated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation that focuses on the revitalization of historic downtown to enhance the appearance and economic stability of the commercial district, and to improve community pride and quality of life for residents and visitors. EGAD Main Street uses arts as a catalyst towards our goal of renewal—from crafting coffee, beer, or food to architectural, hair and flower design—we are the epicenter of authenticity on the Space Coast. EGAD has won 13 state awards for a variety of main street initiatives — design, promotions, economic vitality and membership.
EGAD’S CORPORATE MEETING AND ELECTION 10/15/2020 (5:30 pm)
EGAD Main Street is a registered nonprofit and is governed by a Board of Directors who may serve two three-year terms in a row. The annual corporate meeting and election is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15, 2020, at 5:30 pm in the Harris Auditorium inside Foosaner Art Museum. This meeting is open to the public and we encourage everyone to attend and learn about our accomplishments and challenges this past year and next year’s plans—ask questions! Members in good standing may vote on the ballot of nominees. Some of our existing board members are ending their first term so must run for their second term. Those are Brian Stephens (Chair), Tina Murray, Andrew Roman and George Alexander. Our new first-term candidates are:
Shane Burgman – After serving nearly a decade in the United States Submarine Force as a Nuclear Missile Technician, Shane Burgman left the military in 2015 to pursue a career that took advantage of his uncompromising discipline and military honed attention to detail. He started his Real Estate career with Carpenter/Kessel Homeselling Team as a Sales Partner and VA Real Estate Specialist. He is also the Founding Board Chair of 321Millennials, served a 3-year term on the Brevard Cultural Alliance Board of Directors, and enjoys life with his gorgeous wife Rebecca (Brevard Native), son Ethan, and two absolutely ferocious pit-bulls.
Blake Robison -- Blake Robison is a Retail Sales & Leasing Advisor with Lightle Beckner Robison, Inc and has been with LBR collectively for over seven years. After a few early years in Georgia, and more recently (2016-2017), a couple of years in New York City, Blake now considers the Space Coast home. Blake sits on multiple civic engagement committees including: Engage Young Professionals, the Economic Vitality Committees of both Downtown Melbourne and the Eau Gallie Arts District and is a member of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce, ICSC, among other professional organizations.
Becca Polak – Born and raised in Vero Beach, Becca moved to Melbourne in 2006 and gained experience in multiple trades that eventually led to becoming a barber. Becca and her husband, Rob, opened Traditionals Cuts Shaves & Brews in February 2018, after it took them almost two years to build out their business. Becca and Rob love The Eau Gallie Arts District and purchased a home in the neighborhood!
Unfortunately, two board members terms have expired and they must step off the board, but board members are eligible to run again after one year off, if they wish. Those two board members are Derek Gores and Alexis Johnsten. Fortunately, they are passion about the district, based here, and we know we’re not losing them completely. We thank them for their service to the board. Alexis was invited to fill her husband’s seat when he passed away (Link Johnsten), and Derek served as Board Chair for three years and is clearly instrumental in the Anti-Gravity Project and neighborhood building. Many new businesses were attracted by Derek and the ripple effect of that is very much alive. Derek gave up his gallery to NQR Comedy and is currently working off-site, but is excited about his re-opening his gallery in the near future.
GUIDED MURAL TOURS STARTING OCTOBER 19
EGAD has over 30 murals and you can visit the majority of them on a guided mural tour starting October 19, 2019, and happening every third Saturday of the month at 9:30 am until May. You can book an individual ticket or schedule a whole group. Groups of 16 can receive a half priced discount.
PURCHASE your ticket online (see box with calendar). Tours begin at the Eau Gallie Public Library. Proceeds go to fund more murals.
Wear comfortable shoes as this involves walking on uneven surfaces up several blocks. Reservations are required so we can have tour guides available for you and bicycles are acceptable, too.
COST: Adults: $12 for adults | Kids: $ 5 for children ages 12 and up (Children under six are not advised unless they are in strollers) | Groups of 16 receive a discount.
AFTER THE TOUR: Stick around to shop and have lunch in the arts district. See our list of restaurants here.
SELF-GUIDED TOUR: To take your own self-guided walking tour, open the MURALS page on your smart phone and use the map. The map icons link to each mural with links to each artist’s Instagram page to see more of their work.