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The magic of the Carrollwood Cultural Center began several years ago with a special partnership between Hillsborough County and the Friends of Carrollwood Cultural Center (FCCC), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for residents through arts and culture. Together, the county and the FCCC worked to renovate St. Mark’s Episcopal Church into the creative center it is today.

Located in the heart of Carrollwood Village, the campus includes a 26,000 sq. ft. main building complete with a stage, dance floor, art studios, computer lab and conference rooms as well as a sister building, The Studio, which provides additional space for classes, performances, room rentals and gallery displays.

Open since March 2008, the Center is the result of the successful partnership that began so many years ago. The building, owned by Hillsborough County, and the operations, managed by the FCCC, is a perfect partnership that hopefully will be emulated elsewhere throughout the country.

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Artist may slow down, but doesn’t plan on stopping (Jeff Berlinicke • The Tampa Tribune – 1/8/14) Gainor Roberts will be gone — kind of — but never forgotten. She retired as the art curator for the Carrollwood Cultural Center last month, but she’s still got plenty going on. She’ll be teaching classes in her spare time and doesn’t plan to be a stranger from her old stomping grounds. (READ MORE)

Longtime fixtures retiring from Carrollwood Cultural Center (Jeff Berlinicke • The Tampa Tribune – 12/31/14)  If you listen to her, Helen Michaelson says she is retiring from the Carrollwood Cultural Center. But don’t believe it for a minute. Michaelson is the Educational Outreach Director of the center and she kept a busy schedule during her stint there. After all, she was there eight years ago, long before the center even opened. One of her first jobs was to put up the curtains. (READ MORE)

“War of the Worlds’ to be restaged (Jeff Berlinicke • The Tampa Tribune – 10/29/14)  It was an unintentional hoax, but some folks in New Jersey didn’t believe it at the time. With major problems brewing overseas that led to World War II, America didn’t know what to think when it turned on the radio on Halloween night that year and heard Orson Welles announce to a stunned and spooked audience that Martians had landed in New Jersey and had bad intentions. (READ MORE)

Steven Lolli’s irreverent comedy searches for the stupid (Jeff Berlinicke • The Tampa Tribune – 8/29/14) Steven Lolli isn’t writing for the mainstream. He is a comedian who is “writing for people who want to knock their bosses’ teeth out.”  The main thing is, he said, he loves looking for stupidity, and nothing is free from abuse once he gets on a roll. (READ MORE)

Carrollwood Cultural Center summer camps offer opportunities (Jeff Berlinicke • The Tampa Tribune – 4/29/14) A lot of children might want to shy away from activities that are considered “cultural,” especially when it’s summer. But at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, there’s plenty to do and there’s no lack of kids enjoying it. (READ MORE)

Center spreads wings with exhibit (Karen Ring • Tampa Bay Times – 2/4/14) The gallery at the Carrollwood Cultural Center is currently hosting its first traveling exhibit. “The Test,” which is on display through March 1, chronicles the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American aviators to serve in the U.S. military. (READ MORE)

Variety of classes offered at Carrollwood Cultural Center (Jeff Berlinicke • The Tampa Tribune – 1/28/14) The Carrollwood Cultural Center is offering plenty of new programs to its already packed schedule, but Educational Outreach Director Helen Michaelson said the word needs to get out. (READ MORE)

Director scrambles for main actor in ‘Over the River’ in Carrollwood (Jeff Berlinicke • The Tampa Tribune – 9/17/13) It was about a month until show time and Dee Ford was in a panic. (READ MORE)

Production of ‘Annie’ is curtain call for summer at Carrollwood Cultural Center (Jeff Berlinicke • The Tampa Tribune – 8/14/13) Chad DeLoach doesn’t normally get much of a summer break. After all, he spends his summers working at the Carrollwood Cultural Center producing plays, then heads back to work as the choral director at Martinez Middle School on Lutz-Lake Fern Road the day after the final performance. (READ MORE)

Carrollwood center presents ‘Funny Thing Happened on Way to Forum (Jeff Berlinicke • The Tampa Tribune – 7/17/13) It takes a lot more than comedy, drama, music, acting and a few unforced errors to put together a great Broadway show. (READ MORE)

Need a laugh? (Sherri Lonon • – 7/11/13) Carrollwood area residents hoping to kick off the weekend with a good laugh don’t have to drive far to make it so. (READ MORE)

Carrollwood center offers fun exercise to kids (Jeff Berlinicke • The Tampa Tribune – 7/2/13) There are plenty of things for kids to do if they want to stay in shape all summer. They can join programs like “Move Your Body” at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, or they can exercise their wrists playing mindless video games all day. (READ MORE)

Carrollwood Cultural Center seeks local Tuskegee Airmen help for new exhibit (Carrollwood News staff • The Tampa Tribune - 6/26/13) The Gallery at Carrollwood Cultural Center is preparing “The Test,” a multimedia exhibition about the first African-American aviators in U.S. military combat, better known as the Tuskegee Airmen. (READ MORE)

Open air market debuts at new Carrollwood location (Paul Catala • The Tampa Tribune – 5/13/13) Vendors from a Westchase open air market that moved to Carrollwood this weekend likely found the location to be just as electric, but much less shocking. (READ MORE)

Janis Ian concert sold out ( submitted by Susan Wilson • 10News – 4/16/13) Three-time GRAMMY Award Winner, Janis Ian will perform to a sold out audience at the Carrollwood Cultural Center on Thursday, May 2 at 8pm. (READ MORE)

Carrollwood Cultural Center curator a lifelong artist (Jeff Berlinicke • The Tampa Tribune – 4/10/13) Gainor Roberts was a senior in high school with big dreams of becoming an artist. (READ MORE)

Foreign Language Classes At Cultural Center (Nicole Hutcheson • Carrollwood-Northdale – 4/2/13) This summer, lovers of language will be able to gain new knowledge at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. (READ MORE)

Tampa teen impresses opera world, to sing in Carrollwood (Jeff Berlinicke • The Tampa Tribune – 3/21/13) Most kids wouldn’t have survived. But with a lot of love and encouragement, she evolved from a child who was terrified of almost everything into a young lady with a special gift who has been mesmerizing people all over the Tampa Bay area. (READ MORE)

Carrollwood Cultural Center offers mix of entertainment (Jeff Berlinicke • The Tampa Tribune – 3/21/13) Richard Haerther can talk rock ‘n’ roll one minute and opera the next – without skipping a beat. (READ MORE)

Five questions with…Paul Berg (George Wilkens • The Tampa Tribune – 1/19/13) This week we chat with Paul Berg, who has served as executive director of the Carrollwood Cultural Center for five years. (READ MORE)

Blast from the Past Highlights Coming Events (The Sun – 1/2/13) If you came of age in the early 1960’s and you were into the folk-rock music style, you should put on your white Levis and your madras shirt – if they still fit – break out your old six-string guitar and head for the Carrollwood Cultural Center Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m., where the New Christy Minstrels will be performing for your “blast of the past” pleasure. (READ MORE)

The Carrollwood Cultural Center Looks Ahead to Busy Season (George Wilkens • The Tampa Tribune – 12/26/12) The calendar year ends in a few days, but January marks the beginning of the Carrollwood Cultural Center’s winter season, with a variety of performances, events, classes and camps planned. (READ MORE)