The Carrollwood Cultural Center will receive $6,350 as one of 10 Florida-based organizations to receive funding through an AARP Community Challenge Grant, designed to help communities become more livable for all ages.
The Center will use the grant to pay and train personnel to offer live audio descriptions for its upcoming musical, First Date, on September 16-25, as well as help fund programming in October for Blindness Awareness Month, including a tactile/audio art exhibition and a lecture titled The Art of [BRAILLE] on October 6.
According to the 2020 U.S. Census, Florida has the second-largest blind and low vision population in the U.S., representing 2.5% of Florida’s total population, or 537,500 Floridians. However, only seven theatrical companies in Florida offer audio-described performances. Furthermore, only one of those facilities is in the Tampa Bay area.
The Carrollwood Cultural Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission of creating culture through community and community through culture.