Hy-Lo News Staff Report
South Florida and the Caribbean diaspora are gearing up for the opening of a new site that shares the rich history of Caribbean and Caribbean-American societies.
The Island SPACE Caribbean Museum will be located in the heart of Broward County at the Westfield Broward Mall, and is set to open later this year.
Visitors can be sure to enjoy interactive exhibits, informational tours, research facilities, and cultural events in the 1,500 square foot museum of history, along with an 800 square foot art gallery and event space.
The museum will be owned by Island SPACE, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to facilitate the creation of artistic, cultural, and socially conscious initiatives that educate the public about valuable contributions and positive significance of the Caribbean community.
“According to 2017 Census data, one in four South Floridians are born in the Caribbean,” says Lloyd Stanbury, Vice President of the Island SPACE Board of Directors. “The museum fulfills the need to create a unified space for exploring and celebrating the ancestry, heritage, and common traditions shared by Caribbean nations. This is an exciting time!”
Community members are encouraged to get involved with this initiative through volunteerism, donations, sponsorships, and ambassadorships.
Stanbury says he hopes for this venue to become a place for increased tourism, education, visibility, and awareness of the cultural and economic impact of Caribbean people.
Until its grand opening, an interactive website currently allows interested parties to view virtual exhibits, support individual projects, volunteer, and donate.
For more information, visit www.islandspacefl.org.
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