By Kathy L. Collins

The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin is offering a unique, once in a lifetime experience. On Monday, March 4 the ten members of the Creole Choir of Cuba will be at the Firehouse Cultural Center to hold an “Arts-Up Close” performance/workshop at 11 a.m.

The Choir will be in Tampa for a performance in Ferguson Hall at The Straz Center in Tampa on Sunday, March 3. They will then come to Ruskin for an informal performance, and they will share the history and process of their music with the public.

“The opportunity to have the Creole Choir of Cuba in Ruskin during their brief tour stop in Tampa is extraordinary,” said Dolores Coe, Programming Coordinator for the Firehouse Cultural Center.

Sandy Council, a member of the Firehouse Advisory Committee said, “The partnership has allowed accessibility to performances for children in the south county area that otherwise would not have an opportunity to attend such events.” Coe added, “Having such a session sponsored by the partnership as a free program at the Firehouse is an example of the opportunities the partnership is providing the community as the Firehouse opens and gets off the ground.”

While this is a free event, seat reservations are required and can be obtained at

The Creole Choir of Cuba was founded in 1994. The singers are descendants of Haitians. The Choir celebrates the history of their Haitian descendants who were enslaved to the Caribbean from West Africa. The singers hail from Cuba’s third city, Camaguey which was designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2008.

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