Art In The Park

The University Area CDC won for its Art in the Park proposal, which will create three to five dynamic art installations in Harvest Hope Park with community residents taking the lead on the creation of the work facilitated by artists.

Partnering with University Area CDC , WMNF-FM will produce monthly resident engagement events. WMNF-FM’s Urban Café segment and 83 Degrees Media will include onsite resident interviews that showcase the Prodigy Cultural Arts program and engage in community dialogue about the socio-economic impact and history of arts in the University Area.

We are elated to be chosen as the only awardee in Tampa Bay for this placemaking grant to fund our Art in the Park project. The most exciting part is that we will be engaging adults and youth in the community in a meaningful way to create community artwork that represents the culture and essence of the University Area. Community art is something that has been missing in the University Area community, but thanks to the Gobioff Foundation it won’t be any longer. We envision Art in the Park to be an experience that will take residents beyond their block, forming social connections in the community, which is what propels and grows a community forward.

Sarah Combs – CEO and Executive Director, University Area CDC

The monthly park events and activities will also include elements of cultural arts and healthy eating through cooking demonstrations in University Area CDC’s teaching kitchen and community garden. Their Prodigy Moves program will also inspire residents’ interest and involvement with live art, African drumming/dance and a host of other activities along with the trilingual (English/Spanish/Haitian Creole) Prodigy Moves hype team!