Cultural arts centers, museums and libraries situated in the heart of African American neighborhoods add texture, vibrancy and richness to a community. The facilities bring diverse people together and invite residents, visitors and guests to venture into underrepresented communities. Welcome doors swing open both ways for an understanding and exploration of the unknown and unfamiliar. READ MORE
“More than a dozen Gators sat in a circle at the Goodwill Selby Newtown Center on Friday morning to launch an academic project that the community hopes will have a concrete outcome. The University of Florida architecture and construction students had come from Gainesville on a mission to develop proposals for a new cultural arts center in the heart of the Newtown on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way.” Read more about the upcoming Newtown Cultural Arts Center in the Herald Tribune. READ MORE
Cities from Washington, D.C. to Punta Gorda have centers preserving local black history. Why doesn’t Sarasota?
St. Petersburg has one. So does Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, Manatee County and (soon) Longboat Key. Tampa has two. And though it took decades to realize, one finally opened in the nation’s capital two years ago. READ MORE