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City Center at Hanna Ave celebrates art and community with “Meet the Artist” event


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The newly opened City Center at Hanna Avenue is proud to announce a “Meet the Artist” event featuring Nneka Jones, the artist behind the Tampa-inspired piece on display inside the center lobby.

Jones spent months teaching the skill of embroidery to community members in East Tampa who handmade the work of art. The piece now serves a sense of pride for the nearby residents who contributed to the finished product.

Their journey to completing the piece can be seen below.

How Embroidery Is Changing a Community (Source: City of Tampa YouTube)


The "Meet the Artist" event, scheduled for December 14, 10 am to 11 am, will offer an intimate look into the Tampa-inspired artwork and Jones' vision behind it.
 
The City Center at Hanna Avenue, a $108 million project, stands as a testament to community integration and opportunity. Spearheaded by DPR Construction, the project achieved an unprecedented 35% equal business opportunity goal, underlining a commitment to inclusivity and local economic growth. Construction of the new city municipal building began in January 2022, and opened to the public on September 20, 2023.
 
Attendees of the “Meet the Artist” event at 2555 East Hanna Avenue will have the unique opportunity to engage with Nneka Jones, whose artistic journey has garnered attention from prestigious publications like Times and Forbes magazines. 

Space is limited. Interested parties are encouraged to register for this free event to reserve their seat. Light snacks will be served. Register.
 
For more information about the City Center at Hanna Avenue and the “Meet the Artist” event, please visit tampa.gov/city-center.
 
Media outlets are invited to attend the event as well to interview Jones. Please RSVP to media@tampagov.net