The First of Many Partnerships- Starting Our Journey


A todos que nos acompanham, estamos muito felizes em anunciar que assinamos um acordo com o Minority Business Development Agency Business Center através de Kathy Hazelwood, Vice President Central and Northern Region. Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council

Todos aqueles que sao minoria, Brasileiros, latinos, mulheres, African Americans e donos de negócios, que possuem cidadania americana qualificam para certificação e podem participar desse programa governamental que ajuda a não somente a certificar, mas também conseguir contratos com grandes empresas como a Disney, Universal e Contratos Governamentais. Esse foi um passo inicial para ajudar a nossa comunidade.

A todos los que nos siguen, estamos muy contentos de anunciar que hemos firmado un acuerdo con el Centro de Negocios de la Agencia de Desarrollo de Negocios de las Minorías. atraves de Kathy Hazelwood, Vice President Central and Northern Region. Florida State Minority Supplier Development CouncilTodos aquellos que son minoritarios, brasileños, latinos, mujeres, afroamericanos y dueños de negocios, que poseen la ciudadanía estadounidense califican para la certificación y pueden participar en este programa gubernamental que ayuda no sólo a certificar sino también contratos con grandes compañías como Disney, Universal y Contratos gubernamentales.
Este fue un primer paso para ayudar a nuestra comunidad.

To all who follow us, we are very happy to announce that we have signed an agreement with the Minority Business Development Agency Business Center, with the support of Kathy Hazelwood, Vice President Central and Northern Region. Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council. All those who are a minority, Brazilians, Latinos, women, African Americans and business owners, who hold US citizenship qualify for certification and can participate in this governmental program that helps not only certify but also contracts with major companies such as Disney, Universal and Government Contracts.
This was an initial step in helping our community.


“In the Eyes of the Hungry”: Florida’s Changing Landscape opens March 13 at Orlando City Hall

“In the Eyes of the Hungry”: Florida’s Changing Landscape opens March 13 at Orlando City Hall

City of Orlando Public Art is pleased to announce our next upcoming exhibition at Orlando City Hall’s Terrace Gallery, “In the Eyes of the Hungry”: Florida’s Changing Landscape. “In the Eyes of the Hungry”: Florida’s Changing Landscape

March 13 – April 23 Terrace Gallery at Orlando City Hall

The University of Central Florida, in conjunction with Seminole County Public Library, is a recipient of a grant of $16,000 to host the NEA Big Read in Orlando and Seminole County. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The NEA Big Read in Orlando and Seminole County will focus on John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath (1939).

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read and inspired by The Grapes of Wrath, In the Eyes of the Hungry: Florida’s Changing Landscape examines Florida’s demographic, geographic, and ecological shifts over the last century. Working in photography, painting, printmaking, quilting, and embroidery,




The selected artists provide immediate yet transcendental responses to Florida’s changing landscape and explore ideas ranging from agriculture and industrialization to migration and tourism to ecology and conservation.

From documentary photographs made for the Farm Security Administration to paintings created at Florida’s artists’ colonies to contemporary work challenging industrialization and immigration, In the Eyes of the Hungry:

Florida’s Changing Landscape explores the diversity of the state and its changing physical, social, and economic landscapes. Whether responses to the Great Depression, agricultural and urban development, ecological degradation, or migrant labor, the collected works offer dynamic and haunting responses to Florida’s unique and changing environment.

—Keri Watson, Ph.D. Curator and Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Central Florida



United Arts of Central Florida hosted more than 250 arts, education and community leaders at the 11 th Annual Principals Appreciation Breakfast on Tuesday morning at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This yearly breakfast celebrates the achievements of Orange County Public Schools principals in retaining certified arts teachers in every school and continually expanding access to arts education for all students.

The highlight of this year’s breakfast was the Arts Principal Award, which recognizes principals who lead the way in supporting and promoting arts education and arts participation in their schools. Three award winners (one each from elementary, middle and high-school levels) were featured in a panel discussion. Attendees were eager to learn how, in an atmosphere of budget cuts and increasing requirements,these principals managed to keep the arts a strong part of their students’ learning experience.

Winners were chosen by a panel of arts education professionals, business representatives and Orange County Public Schools officials. The winning principals each received a $1,000 cash award for their school's arts program, $500 in art supplies contributed by Sam Flax, two tickets to a Broadway Series production courtesy of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and a United ArtsCard, a buy-one- ticket-get- one-FREE and discount card to arts performances and exhibits throughout Central Florida. The event also featured a performance by the Ocoee High School band Jazz Knights.

This annual event recognizes that principals are key leaders in incorporating the arts in education. "From budgeting and hiring decisions, to scheduling arts activities within the school day, to personal involvement and encouragement, principals play an essential role in ensuring that all children have access to arts education,” said Flora Maria Garcia, President & CEO, United Arts of Central Florida. “Their support facilitates opportunities for children to acquire the creative skills they need to succeed in school and in life.”

The 11 th Annual Principals Appreciation Breakfast was presented by United Arts of Central Florida and funded through Wells Fargo, Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Universal Orlando, Sam Flax, City of Orlando and City of Orlando Commissioner RobertF. Stuart.

Here are the descriptions of the award winners: Arts Principal Award – Elementary Division: Presented by Commissioner Robert F. Stuart, sponsor. Mark Charlton – Durrance Elementary School: Principal Charlton has made the arts inclusive for all students at Durrance Elementary. Mr. Charlton added extra days in music, a music and movement section in PE class, and adaptive equipment. He pays for the arts teachers to attend professional development and ensures they have the resources needed to teach all students. Mr. Charlton also fosters a collaborative environment, offering a quarterly paid planning day for arts faculty so they can improve instruction and exchange ideas. In addition to the robust arts programming occurring during the curricular day, Mr. Charlton offers a variety of arts enrichment after school.

Arts Principal Award – Middle School Division: Presented by Diane O’Dell from sponsor Universal Orlando.

Ann Hembrook – Odyssey Middle School: Principal Hembrook has been a firm advocate for the arts at Odyssey. Odyssey’s arts program has grown through Mrs. Hembrook’s support to now include three music teachers, two theater teachers and one art teacher. Additionally, Mrs. Hembrook has expanded the visual art program to include students of all grades; it was previously an eighth-grade- only elective.

Mrs. Hembrook supports the arts programs in various ways, by displaying student art works in the front office, celebrating student achievements in school-wide announcements, and attending events.

Arts Principal Award – High-School Division: Presented by David Dawkins from sponsor Wells Fargo.

Dr. Anne Carcara – University High School: Principal Carcara is committed to the arts as an integral part of academics at University High; she works with arts teachers when setting the schedule to ensure that students can participate in multiple arts genres, including AP and IB performing arts classes. Dr. Carcara ensures that all students are exposed to the arts, by encouraging in-school performances such as show previews and mini-concerts. Dr. Carcara is always keen to show support by telling students to “break a leg” before performances, buying tickets to fundraisers, displaying student artwork around campus, and inviting community members to performances.

Other Arts Principal Award Nominees Are:

Debra Vereen, Ventura Elementary *Hon. Mention for 18:1 student-teacher ratio in arts classes

Junella Kreil, Blankner K-8 School

Kimrey Sheehan, Bonneville Elementary

Robert McCloe, Eagle Creek Elementary

Sheila Burke, Lawton Chiles Elementary

Margarete Talbert-Irving, Orange Center Elementary

Robert Strenth, Prairie Lake Elementary

Diana Greer, Windermere Elementary

Frank Mattuci, Zellwood Elementary

Michael Martucci, Howard Middle

Heather Hilton, East River High