“Let the Magic Begin.”
That was our message when we opened in March 2008. After years of negotiations, renovations, new construction, and building public awareness, the only thing left to do was to open our front doors and let the magic happen.
The first spark of magic for the Center began several years prior through a unique partnership between Hillsborough County and the Friends of Carrollwood Cultural Center (FCCC), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for residents through arts and culture. Together, the county and the FCCC worked to renovate St. Mark’s Episcopal Church into the creative center it is today.
Located in the heart of Carrollwood Village, the campus includes a 26,000 sq. ft. main building complete with a stage, dance floor, art studios, computer lab, and conference rooms as well as a sister building, The Studio, with additional space for classes, performances, room rentals, and gallery displays.
However, when we opened in 2008, there was no gallery. No outdoor sculpture. No sound system. No theatre lights. No concessions. No monthly market.
What we did have was a supportive county, community, and dedicated volunteers led by a spirited board of directors.