Hannibal Square Heritage Center                          
  642 West New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 407-539-2680 Open Tues. - Thurs. noon - 4pm, Fri. noon - 5pm, Sat. 10am - 2pm
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Welcome to Crealdé's Hannibal Square Heritage Center!

The Hannibal Square Heritage Center was established in 2007 by Crealdé School of Art, in partnership with residents from the Hannibal Square community (west Winter Park) and the City of Winter Park. It is a tribute to the past, present, and future contributions of Winter Park’s historic African-American community.

The Heritage Center hosts the award-winning Heritage Collection: Photographs and Oral Histories of West Winter Park, a permanent, museum-quality exhibition of more than 100 framed, archival pieces that capture the lives of Winter Park’s African-American community spanning the 20th century, and The Hannibal Square Timeline which documents significant local and national events in African-American history since the Emancipation Proclamation.

The center also offers a rotating Visiting Exhibition Series, community-created public art installations, as well as educational programs and that explore the African-American experience, black heritage, cultural preservation and Southern folklore.

Experience local history told
by the people who have lived it!

 

As part of the "Be a Part from the Start" initiative led by the Offices of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement, Rollins first-year students journeyed to The Hannibal Square Heritage Center—located less than a mile from campus—to learn about the history of the African-American community in Winter Park.

 

To see a clip of the Heritage Center Historians in action,
please click here.

Events and Exhibitions

Permanent Collection:

The Heritage Collection:
Photographs and Oral Histories of West Winter Park

A unique exhibition of history told by the residents who have lived it.

Permanent Collection

Hours Open:

Tuesday - Thursday, 12:00 to 4:00 pm Friday 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
closed Mondays.

Also on display: The Sage Project:
Hannibal Square Elders Tell Their Stories
To see a brief video click here

The Sage Project is part of the permanent collection at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, with photographs by Peter Schreyer.

Next Collection Day TBA.

 

Visiting Exhibition:

Visionary Bill Jenkins: Crealdé Founder, Artist and Philanthropist
Nov. 7 - Jan. 31

As a kickoff to Crealdé's 40th anniversary, we remember late founder William Sterling Jenkins (1920-1996) in a two-gallery presentation. Trained as an artist in Europe and Mexico in the 1930s, he produced a body of landscape and portrait paintings infuenced by the places he traveled to as a young man, and the changing cultural landscape of his native American South.

The Changing South by William Sterling Jenkins

The Changing South by William Sterling Jenkins, 1940

Upcoming Exhibition:

February 6 – May 23, 2015
From the Bronx to Florida: The Life Sculptures of Rigoberto Torres

Puerto Rican-born sculptor Rigoberto Torres worked in New York City for two decades before moving to Kissimmee, Florida, where he currently lives and works. Torres began his artistic career producing religious statuary in a factory in which religious figures were cast.

Seen and collected throughout the world, Torres’ colorful life-size plaster and fiberglass figurative sculptures are rooted in a celebration of daily life in the South Bronx neighborhood where he grew up. His work, described as “humanistic naturalism,” provides sensitive studies of real people — family, friends, neighborhood heroes and strangers he has met during public castings. Today, his sculptures are displayed on exterior building walls and in indoor public spaces around the world, and in museums nationwide.  

Torres considers himself a community-based artist, using his figures to spread community spirit. His process has an element of performance art and connects artist, subject and audience. Four large-scale public murals, produced in collaboration with artist John Ahearn, have been part of the Bronx landscape since the 1980s. Torres dramatically broke into the New York art world when he was invited to the prestigious 1985 Whitney Biennial Exhibition and in 1993 was included in the Venice Biennial in Italy. Torres has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions with Ahearn in major cities throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Taiwan. His work is in collections at the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and City College of New York in New York City, Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, and Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands, and locally at the Orlando Museum of Art. During the 6th Annual Hannibal Square Folk & Urban Art Festival, March 28, Rigoberto Torres will create a life cast of Richard Hall, Hannibal Square hero and decorated Tuskeegee Airman. The new outdoor sculpture will be unveiled during a closing reception in late May.

The opening-night reception and gallery talk with Rigoberto Torres begins from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the Jenkins Gallery, and will be followed by a continued reception with Latin jazz from 8:30-10 p.m. at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. This exhibition will be curated by David Cumbie, Crealdé senior faculty member and Contemporary Sculpture Garden Curator, and Henry Sinn, Painting & Drawing Department Director.

 

 

 

Special Event:

Sixth Annual Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk & Urban Art Festival

March 28, 2015

CALL TO ARTISTS: Deadline Feb. 15, 2015 Click here for guidelines and application.

The annual festival celebrates the works of more than 25 artists, including members of the original Florida Highwaymen and the B-Side Artists collective. A highlight will be the creation of a lifecast by exhibiting Crealdé artist Riboberto Torres of Richard Hall, Hannibal Square hero and Tuskegee Airman. Featured music: the Porchdogs Cajun and zydeco Band and Orisi Risi African Folklore. A "kid-folk" workshop offers "The Aztec Encounter and Musical parade." Food trucks will be serving. Admission is free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Crealde's Hannibal Square Heritage Center, downtown Winter Park.

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The Hannibal Square Heritage Center is a project of the City of Winter Park and the Community Redevelopment Agency, operated by Crealdé School of Art, a non-profit organization, and the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Winter Park. Crealdé School of Art is a non-profit art organization supported in part by memberships, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Arts Council; United Arts of Central Florida; and various private foundations.