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THE POWER OF STORY TELLING

with acclaimed writer Debra Ehrhardt

FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH

6:00PM - 7:30PM

ABOUT THE VICTORY BLACK BOX THEATRE

ARTS EDUCATION & INSPIRATION

The Victory Black Box Theatre is an integral part of the new L.A. Lee YMCA / Mizell Community Center. It brings cultural arts to the Sistrunk community through programming, arts education, and knowledge of behind-the-scenes performing arts.

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EVENTS AT THE VICTORY BLACK BOX THEATRE

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 2024
Apr 16
Apr 16, 2024 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free
Apr 19
Apr 20
Apr 20, 2024 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free
PROGRAMS AT THE VICTORY BLACK BOX THEATRE

ARTS EDUCATION

Victory Black Box Theatre Arts Education Program is based on the idea that arts education plays a key role in developing creativity, self-image and appreciation of diverse cultures.

We target school age children and young adults who lack easy access to live performances and who attend schools that lack sufficient funding for arts programs. The Arts Education Program seeks to augment cultural literacy, foster respect for ethnic and cultural diversity, cultivate young people to be future audiences and engage families in the learning experience.

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OUR HISTORY

In Fort Lauderdale’s historic black business district, the original Victory Theatre, opened in the 1940s and was the only theater for Blacks at that time in Broward County. It was at the heart of the business district with the Windsor Club a few doors down where Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Buddy Johnson, Cab Calloway, Count Basie and B.B. King played to packed houses on barnstorming tours that ran along the East Coast. The Victory featured some of the top films of the time and provided locals the opportunity to perform and gather since segregation prohibited blacks from going to white theaters. Dance marathons, midnight rambles, concerts, fashion shows and talent shows regularly filled the 200-seat, wood-floored theater. By the 1970s, however, rapid road development fractured the neighborhood’s commercial and cultural core. Many venues like its Victory Theater and Windsor Club were lost to history and to the creatives that called these treasured places home.

MEET THE TEAM

In Fort Lauderdale’s historic black business district, the original Victory Theatre, opened in the 1940s and was the only theater for Blacks at that time in Broward County. It was at the heart of the business district with the Windsor Club a few doors down where Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Buddy Johnson, Cab Calloway, Count Basie and B.B. King played to packed houses on barnstorming tours that ran along the East Coast. The Victory featured some of the top films of the time and provided locals the opportunity to perform and gather since segregation prohibited blacks from going to white theaters. Dance marathons, midnight rambles, concerts, fashion shows and talent shows regularly filled the 200-seat, wood-floored theater. By the 1970s, however, rapid road development fractured the neighborhood’s commercial and cultural core. Many venues like its Victory Theater and Windsor Club were lost to history and to the creatives that called these treasured places home.

THE VICTORY BLACK BOX THEATRE (VBBT)

at the L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center coming soon to Sistrunk Blvd.,
is calling on all Artists that can present a short performance (live or recorded) and/or artwork for presentation in the What’s In The Box series.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX SERIES
A series of virtual events that will highlight various components of the Victory Black Box Theatre, from the artistry that can be expected for presentation to the deep-rooted history of the Sistrunk community.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

A maximum of 2 minutes for a performance-based presentation and up to six (6) jpeg images of artwork may be submitted by Florida artists

PLEASE NOTE: Submissions area volunteer basis and the What’s in the Box presentation will be recorded and broadcast through YMCA livestream platforms.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Performances/Questions can be directed to Cathleen Dean, Director of Arts and Theatre Performance, L.A. LEE YMCA/MIZELL COMMUNITY CENTER –
Email:  [email protected]

Odessa Striggles Bennett

Ed Casas

Stephon Duncan

Sharon Hughes

Emmanuel George

Gustavo David Ortiz

Lorenzo Robertson

Scott Strawbridge

Nerissa Street

Jay Thompson

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