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October 21, 11:00 a.m.; reservations are due October 15.\ Bird Key Yacht Club, 301 Bird Key Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236\ $35 for Arts Advocates members, $38 for non-members (includes meeting and lunch)\ \ Vickie Oldham, president and CEO of the Sarasota African American Cultural Arts Center and History Museum, knows how to create a story and how to tell it. \ \ A native of Sarasota, she had a senior-level position at Albany State University (Georgia) before returning to Sarasota in 2016 to develop a project about the history of Sarasota's African American community. The result was Newtown Alive, an exciting heritage tourism program that has developed historic markers, trolley tours, a book, a mobile app, a podcast, and a traveling exhibition. \ \ You may remember seeing her on local television as a reporter and creator of "Common Ground," an ABC-7 program featuring interviews with members of the African American community. She also produced documentaries and was the prime mover behind Looking for Angola, an archaeological discovery of the first African American people at Manatee Springs in Manatee.\ \ This work has evolved into the creation of the Sarasota African American Cultural Arts Center and History Museum, which celebrates and preserves the history of Sarasota's Black community.\
Now Open Mon: 7 a.m-11 a.m. & 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Call To Reserve: (727) 954-2140