Tampa, Fla. – The University Area Community Development Corporation’s Prodigy Cultural Arts Program presents the second annual I Am Prodigy Music Festival on Dec. 10 from 2 to 5 p.m., featuring The Freddy Montes Band. This free festival will take place at the beautiful University Area Pavilion at 14013 N. 22nd St. in Tampa. Hosted by WMNF-FM’s The Urban Café and DJ Tune Selector.
In addition to the Freddy Montes Band, performing will be: The Lint Rollers, The Collective featuring Tampa 1 Prodigy and the FS88 Steppers, featuring a special surprise guest. Additional entertainment will include an ArtWalk and an ArtZone, featuring artwork by Prodigy students. Food trucks also will be on hand.
The Prodigy Cultural Arts Program uses an innovative approach to empower, educate and enable at-risk youth, providing a doorway to a better world. Youth ages six to 19 experience performing and visual arts, taught as a tool for self-expression, to learn communication, exploration, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills.
Established in 2000, when University Area CDC itself was just two years old, Prodigy has thrived and is achieving its mission of transforming lives. With the championing of State Commissioner Victor Crist and generous funding from the Florida Department of Education, the program now reaches across seven counties, has 13 partner sites and has spread to 42 programming locations. In 2015 alone, more than 3,400 youth experienced the benefits of Prodigy.
University Area CDC offers support for thousands of Tampa residents through youth programs, adult education and resource assistance. Its primary mission is the redevelopment and sustainability of the at-risk areas surrounding University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. For more information about UACDC, a 501(c)(3) public/private partnership, visit www.uacdc.org or call 813.558.5212.