"Yesterday's Dream - Today's Reality," reads a brown, wooden plaque at the Center Place Fine Arts & Civic…More Association, in the grant meeting room that also serves as the Phillip G. Mook Gallery.
The art gallery is named in honor of one of Center Place's founding members and staunchest supporters. The center was founded in 1979 as the Brandon Cultural Center.
Center Place is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the fine arts and civic involvement, offering culturally rich opportunities for adults and children alike, including various art workshops.
Several different memberships are available; members are eligible for class discounts and voting privileges at the association's annual meeting.
Center Place is a community gem offering a wide selection of art experiences. They produce theatrical productions for…More children and adults. They also provide free children's theater productions to many Title 1 public schools and provide free art classes for children through private funding, grants and donations. With public school budgets being cut year after year, Center Place is even more important to the community.
Art workshops are available and they offer a low-cost summer workshop program as well. Throughout the year, Center Place holds several free, fun community events. They have a gift shop in their lobby offering many unique gift items and it is open during regular hours and also for many events. Memberships are available, but are not required to enjoy the events or to attend workshops.
This is just a sampling of what Center Place has to offer and what they do for the Brandon community. For workshop and event schedules and information, please visit their website.