Tampa, Fla. – University Area CDC (Community Development Corporation) celebrated the opening and unveiling last Wednesday of two new creative place-making projects: a computer lab with a new mural at Mort Recreation Center and a PEACE sculpture.
On April 14 at Mort Recreation Center, University Area CDC revealed a computer lab stocked with computers that, thanks to a generous donor, have been completely refurbished by eSmart Recycling. These computers first will be utilized for Prodigy® Cultural Arts art design classes over the summer. Future plans for the lab, located at 1815 E 148th Ave, Lutz, FL 33549, include public use of the computers.
Unveiled on the Mort Recreation Center’s exterior was a freshly painted, beautiful mural displaying images of human faces from many cultures and inspirational words such as compassion, solidarity, kindness and unity. The colorful mural was designed by artist Brittany Ford, and painted by youth members of Prodigy® Cultural Arts.
Sponsors of the new computer lab and mural include USAA, The Tampa Foundation, Pilot Bank and Hillsborough County Florida, eSmart Recycling, Simply Healthcare Foundation, Central Bank, AaSys and Ryan & Elizabeth Dorrell.
Also on Wednesday, a large and colorful new sculpture of letters spelling out PEACE was unveiled at University Area Community Park, 14015 N 22nd St, Tampa, FL 33613. This eye-catching message of positivity joins another on the property that spells out HOPE. Both were designed by artist Junior Polo and painted by residents from the area and by youth members of Prodigy® Cultural Arts.
Sponsors include AaSys, USAA, Nielsen, Smithsonian Channel, Wells Fargo, Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, HCC Foundation and Spectrum.
University Area CDC, celebrating more than 20 years of serving the community, 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 University Area CDC, visit uacdc.org/getmoving or call 813.558.5212.