Photo essay: Carrollwood Cultural Center

Looking for a peaceful place to give your mind a break from the woes that surround us? Check out the Carrollwood Cultural Center in northwest Hillsborough County, about a 25-minute drive from downtown Tampa.

Inside you’ll find walls covered in art by local artists in displays that rotate throughout the year. Current exhibits include “Spring Expressions’’ by Tessa, “The Two of Us’’ by Gwendolynn Aqui-Brooks & Benard Brooks, “Everyday People’’ by Odell “Pat’’ Mitchell, and the work of other artists tucked around corners in the hallways and boldly displayed in the atrium.

A recent weekday visit found a small ceramics class in full swing. Classes are also taught on theatre, dance, music, creative writing, and wellness. Events include artist talks, live music, community theatre, and more. Special camps for kids from ages 4 through 13 are also available.

While COVID protocols are in place, there are plenty of activities going on to keep you and your family busy in a place designed for mindfulness and creativity. 

For more information, visit the Carrollwood Cultural Center website.
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Diane Egner is a community leader and award-winning journalist with more than four decades of experience reporting and writing about the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. She serves on the boards of the University of South Florida Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications Advisory Council, The Institute for Research in Art (Graphicstudio, the Contemporary Art Museum, and USF’s Public Art Program) Community Advisory Council, Sing Out and Read, and StageWorks Theatre Advisory Council. She also is a member of Leadership Florida and the Athena Society. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism, she won the top statewide award for editorial writing from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors while at The Tampa Tribune and received special recognition by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists for creative work as Content Director at WUSF Public Media. Past accomplishments and community service include leadership positions with Tampa Tiger Bay Club, USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (WLP), Alpha House of Tampa Bay, Awesome Tampa Bay, Florida Kinship Center, AIA Tampa Bay, Powerstories, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Diane and her husband, Sandy Rief, live in Tampa.