What is the Carrollwood Cultural Center?
It’s where a 5-year-old girl discovers that she’s an artist, a 70-year-old man discovers he’s a musician, a 35-year-old woman learns ballet and a family grows stronger by sharing the stage together.
It’s the banquet hall where Anna married Luis. It’s the meeting room where Jennifer launched her career. It’s the stage where Oliver found a family and a Music Man traded swindling for love.
The Carrollwood Cultural Center is much more than a building. It’s the place where strangers become friends and friends become family.
Above all, it’s a place where a community came together to prove—and continue to prove–that ordinary citizens can, through their labors and generosity, determine the culture of the place in which they live out their lives.
Have you heard?
Artist’s exhibit in Carrollwood of Muslim women transcends faiths (Ariana Figueroa • The Tampa Bay Times – 7/9/16) With garnet eyes and red-wine lips, a Muslim woman in white hijab stares sternly outward. She is fierce, she is angry, and she is beautiful, reflecting the message that the artist who painted her wants to convey — Muslim women do not need rescue. (READ MORE)
A free afternoon of family-friendly fun on tap (Kenneth Hall • The Tampa Tribune – 4/27/16) “The purpose of the Springfest Youthfest is to bring families out to the Carrollwood Cultural Center to have a good time together and to enjoy the day,” said the center’s events coordinator, Aaron Washington. (READ MORE)
Public invited to enjoy student’s art (Kenneth Hall • The Tampa Tribune – 4/27/16) “In the arts gallery showing we will have ceramics, acrylic painting and a variety of mediums of children’s works,” said Beth LaBaren-Root, education director for the center. “The performing arts showcase will feature piano, guitar and violin recitals given by our private-lesson students, who range in age from 6 to 15.” (READ MORE)
Jazz festival coming to Carrollwood Cultural Center (Kate Giles • The Tampa Tribune – 4/20-16) Jim Burge has been a jazz aficionado since he was in grade school in the 1950s. He plays all of the woodwind instruments, has played at shows in Las Vegas and on Broadway and has been a part of the Jazz Cellar Underground Orchestra jazz band since the early 1990s. On top of all of this, he served as the assistant band director at Hillsborough Community College from the program’s inception in 1976 until his retirement from academia. (READ MORE)