Past News Articles



Construction has finally begun on the Amphitheater. By July 1, 2003, the Cultural Park is scheduled to be completed.

In addition to the Amphitheater, the Park will contain an educational fountain with the names of African Americans engraved around its borders. The engravings will also contain the names of donors.

Sculptor Brian Owens of Deltona, has been commissioned to sculpt the bust of Zora Neale Hurston which will be located in the park. Donor names will be placed on the plaque near the bust.

An opportunity will be provided for donors to purchase a place on the sidewalk for their names.



Patricia Bonaparte of Time Warner Cable delivers a $3,000.00 check to Irene D. Johnson, Director of the African American Museum of the Arts. The Board of Directors is most gracious to Mrs. Bonaparte and Time Warner Cable for this donation.





Dr. Noble “Thin Man” Watts 1st Annual Jazz Festival began on May 29, 2004 at the Maxwell & Irene D. Johnson Cultural Park to honor and name the amphitheater on behalf of Legendary Saxophonist and Band Leader Noble “Thin Man” Watts.





The Board of Directors and Staff would be most appreciative if you became a donor to the Cultural Park. We would like to extend the opportunity for you to make a donation to this historical and cultural project. Your name will be engraved where appropriate.

I. Name for the Amphitheater
The amphitheater will be named for the donor.

II. Landscape Furniture
10 donors at $600 each
III. Fountain with Donor Plaques
20 donors at $250 each
IV. Bronze bust of Zora Neale Hurston
Donor plaques of 26 at $200 each
V. Sidewalk engraved with donor names

A donor plaque will be erected in the park with the names of all donors engraved with the name of the donor and a chosen African American leader or artist (literary, performing or visual).

Checks should be payable to AAMA.
Thank you for your support.




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