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Vision of SAACC
The creation of a physical center in or near Newtown is a central component of SAACC’s vision. This center will be the hub from which the organization will develop programs that promote and celebrate the creative and cultural assets of Sarasota’s African American community. We envision collaborative partnerships with local, regional, state and national arts, history and cultural institutions.
Staff and Board
VICKIE OLDHAM M.F.A.
President and CEO
Vickie Oldham M.F.A. is president and CEO of the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition, Inc. SAACC’s goal is to open an art center and history museum. The precursor of this historic preservation initiative is “Newtown Alive.”
WASHINGTON HILL, M.D.
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Hill is Founder of the High Risk Pregnancy Program at SMH and Chair of the Sarasota African American Cultural Center, Inc. (SAACC) Board of Directors.
REV. BROCK H. LEACH
LAWRENCE A. MILLER, PH.D.
CHARLES E. WILLIAMS
vision and mission
Newtown is a thriving, culturally and economically vibrant community that cherishes the African American experience and where people come to live, learn, work, invest and play.
Preserve, celebrate and share the cultural, artistic, and historical heritage of African Americans in Sarasota and beyond.
In making decisions, we will strive for actions that will:
- be consistent with our Vision, Mission and Values
- leverage our considerable community resources and partnership opportunities
- contribute to improving the economic vitality and livability of Newtown
- contribute to the preservation and sharing of African American history and culture in Newtown and beyond
- create opportunities for enlightenment and learning
- create entrepreneurial opportunities
- empower the community to actively participate
- sustain and perpetuate current achievements and future successes
GOAL 1: Establish a historical and cultural center in or near Newtown that will contribute to revitalizing the community.
Objective 1: Establish a temporary site initially.
Objective 2: Establish a permanent site.
GOAL 2: Establish a range of programs that celebrate the longstanding African American presence in Newtown, Overtown and Sarasota, that facilitates learning, and encourages a shared experience.
Objective 1: Develop a programming and exhibits plan for the initial year.
Objective 2: Develop long-range programming and an exhibits plan.
GOAL 3: Increase community awareness about Newtown, Overtown and the efforts to preserve its history and culture.
GOAL 4: Establish lasting and sustainable collaborations and partnerships with arts, historical and cultural organizations that will support continued success of the coalition and its work for the Newtown community.
GOAL 5: Develop a long range, sustainable funding strategy that will include business revenues, fundraising events, grants, earned income and donations.