Lyric Theater, Miami Cultural Sites

Lyric Theater and more Miami Cultural Sites

Miami Cultural Sites

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Lyric Theater
DESCRIPTION: Fully renovated, this two-story masonry Vaudeville and movie theater was Miami’s primary black entertainment venue during the Chitlin’ Circuit 1900s. It was built by prominent black entrepreneur Gedar Walker in 1913, it represented the apex of African American entertainment and social life. note the Miami Times mural on the site and frequent poetry slams. Today, the theater is managed by The Black Archives, History & Research Foundation of South Florida.
ADMISSION: varies by event
ADDRESS: 819 NW Seconnd Avenue, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 786-708-4610

The Black Archives, History & Research Foundation of South Florida
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1977 by Dorothy J Fields; the history research center for African American life in Dade County, the foundation also played a leadership role in the restoration of the Lyric Theatre and is planning to develop the Historic Overtown Folklife Village. Joseph Caleb Auditorium within is named after a Black union leader who was murdered for speaking out about injustices. This frequent venue for performing arts was designed by a Black architect.
ADMISSION: donations appreciated
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 819 NW Seconnd Avenue, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 786-708-4610

Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue and Park
DESCRIPTION: Though its’ sculpting appears a bit robotic, the MLK memorial statue, nonetheless, makes a strong impression and is aptly surrounded by inviting palm trees. The finishing touch is its location in a popular park bearing Dr. King’s name.
ADDRESS: NW 62nd Street at 32nd Avenue, Miami, FL MAP

African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1975, this cultural venue teaches dance music, drama and photography to local children; a special treat is that many night classes are taught by resident artists
ADMISSION: donations appreciated
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-6p
ADDRESS: 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-638-6771 or 6838

Inner City Children’s Touring Dance Company
DESCRIPTION: Founded 1973 by Florene Litthcut; the dance company teaches creative movement to children 18 months to 6 years of age, ballet, tap, and Katherine Dunham techniques, Lindy Hop, West African dance, and percussion; Artz ‘N’ The Hood program; the company is hosted in the Carrie Meeks Cultural Center which is a 21,000 square feet facility that features 8,700 square feet of cultural space, a black box theater with stadium-style seating for 200; two dance spaces with “sprung” floors, a game room, fitness area, multipurpose room for 300 people, 3 classrooms, surround sound in all the rooms
DAYS & HOURS: Office Mon-Fri 6p-9p, Sat 10a-3p
ADDRESS: 1350 NW 50th Street, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-637-8200

Miami Times
Black weekly newspaper printing since 1923, is the oldest African American-owned newspaper in South Florida; it represents the conscious of the community with unflenched reporting of tough issues.
ADDRESS: 900 NW 54th Street, Miami, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-757-1147

Meg Segreto Dance Centre
DESCRIPTION: Edwin Holland founded his first dance school in Miami in 1984. His school offers Jazz, Tap and Ballet classes to students 3 and up; Hip-Hop classes in the future. He is well known for annual performances at Barry University in Miami Shores, National Night Out, Dade County Youth Fair, and Black History celebrations. Though originally located in Miami, Holland’s classes have since moved to Meg Segreto Dance Centre in nearby Davie, FL.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 7:30a-6p
ADDRESS: 12900 West State Road 84, Davie, FL MAP
PHONE: 954-530-5959

Prince Hall Shriners Temple #149
DESCRIPTION: The sacred brotherhood of Shriners has attractive landscaping in front
DAYS & HOURS: membership only
ADDRESS: 500 Fisherman Street, Opa-Locka, FL MAP
PHONE: 305-688-5220

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