Tampa, Fla. – The Straz presents Voices of the Community, virtual town hall meetings, the third Thursday of each month through June, at 8 p.m. Each meeting is FREE, held on Facebook Live and features different presenters and themes, with the consistent goal of amplifying Black voices.
Voices of the Community events provide a safe space for sharing stories and experiences, cultivating relationships and highlighting topics or pieces of art created by or about Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color (BIPOC) or groups. The goal is to educate those who want to more fully understand Black lives and the contributions of the Black community and other less-heard minority groups.
Upcoming Voices of the Community events include:
Thursday, April 22: Voices of the Community Town Hall – A Jazz Legacy
- Join us on our jazz journey through Tampa Bay from the historical relevance of Tampa’s Central Avenue and St. Petersburg 22nd Street. While Jim Crow laws denied them freedoms, Black musicians, such as The Deuces, filled the cities’ segregated community “jazz joints” with the music they originated.
Thursday, May 27: Voices of the Community Town Hall – Dance, Dance, Dance
- Artists and experts, representing a broad range of the African American tapestry of dance in the Tampa Bay area, will discuss how the art form helped define the communal and cultural richness of our communities of color.
Thursday, June 24: Voices of the Community Town Hall – TBD
All Voices of the Community town hall meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday each month through June at 8 p.m. on the Straz Center’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/StrazCenter.
The Straz Center has received a seal of approval from Tampa General Hospital’s consulting service, TGH Prevention Response Outreach (TPRO), for our campus-wide reopening protocols. This partnership with TPRO will help to keep everyone safe and healthy while on The Straz campus. To learn more visit here.
For more information about the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and its upcoming events, visit www.strazcenter.org.