Straz Center presents ‘Voices of the Community’ virtual gatherings

TAMPA BAY – The Straz presents Voices of the Community virtual town hall meetings on 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, March 25: Voices of the Community Town Hall​ – History Makers, Trail Blazers

  • This month’s town hall celebrates the African American women who advanced civil rights and inspired generations while shaping this city we call home. Join us on March 25.

Thursday, April 22: Voices of the Community Town Hall​ – A Jazz Legacy

  • Join them on a jazz journey through Tampa Bay from the historical relevance of Tampa’s Central Avenue and St. Petersburg 22nd 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.

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:

For more information about the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and its upcoming events, visit

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