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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Educational Programs and Art Classes

Fostering cultural diversity, understanding of pluralism, preservation of cultural heritage and outreach to underserved communities through free art classes are all part of the Crealdé School of Art mission. Since 1996 Crealdé has offered free, onsite outreach classes to west Winter Park seniors and youth, first at the Winter Park Community Center in Hannibal Square and since 2007 at The Hannibal Square Heritage Center. Also offered are community workshops with visiting artists and the What Heritage Means to Me field trip program, which make use of the surrounding exhibitions and historic neighborhood to engage participants in reflection about their own story and heritage.

Field Trips

Please visit the UAArtsEd.com website for updated information about all of the Crealdé School of Art Field Trip programs.

“What Heritage Means to Me” Field Workshop and Trip Program is for grades 4 through 8 (ages 9 to 15). Public school, private school, home school, youth groups and visiting/touring student groups are welcome!

The "What Heritage Means to Me" Public School Field Trip Program offers groups of up to 30 fourth to eighth graders an interactive tour and discussion of The 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. Also on display is the Hannibal Square Timeline that documents significant local and national events in African-American history since the Emancipation Proclamation.

A discussion followed by a tour is led by a community historian. Then students participate in a visual art hands-on workshop, creating a piece of folk art based on their personal experience of tradition, heritage, family, community and country.

Program Features:

  • Offered Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 am – noon.
  • Enhances history and humanities, social studies, language arts and visual arts curriculum.
  • Intergenerational – hear about history from the people of another generation who actually lived it!
  • Heritage-based curriculum personalizes and brings to life our area’s interesting past and juxtaposes local events with national civil rights events.
  • Students articulate their experience of cultural heritage and the personal significance of family, local and national historical events.
  • Team-building and visual-expression skills are utilized as students create a collaborative work of folk art to take back to the classroom.
  • Can be adapted for older or younger student groups and tailored to include discussion that relates directly to the current classroom focus and curriculum.
  • Free of charge: This Heritage Center field trip program is funded in part through a grant from the Walt Disney World Helping Kids Shine Program and the William J. Conlee Fund at the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. (Groups must provide their own transportation, though Crealdé may be able to help reimburse expenses).

The Heritage Center is located across from Shady Park, a shaded and safe picnic area including public bathrooms and a spray park play area for children. Click here for directions.

To schedule or to request additional information, contact: Barbara Chandler, Heritage Center Manager, at 407-539-2680 or bchandler@crealde.org.

Educational Tours are also available. See Plan Your Visit

Art Classes & Workshops

Hannibal Square Community Outreach Art Classes for Seniors and Youth

Free Art Sampler for Children

Eight-week classes provide up to 15 students ages 5 to 10 with professional instruction from Crealdé faculty in the fundamentals of painting, drawing, ceramics and sculpture. Children’s classes are conducted in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club and are held September through May, Mondays and Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m., in the downstairs classroom at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. Classes are open to all Winter Park residents, but preference is given to families residing in the Hannibal Square neighborhood/CRA district.

Free Art Sampler for Seniors

Year-round, weekly classes provide up to 15 senior students with the opportunity to explore painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramics, with an emphasis on gift making and commemorating special holidays. Classes are taught by Crealdé faculty and offered in partnership with Seniors First Lunch Program and are held in the downstairs classroom at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center each Friday from 10:00 to 11:30.

To enroll, please contact Karen Harden at the Winter Park Community Center: 407-599-3275

Community Workshops by Visiting Artists

In addition to the art classes by Crealdé’s professional faculty, the Heritage Center hosts an annual artist’s residency with a noted guest artists who engages the community in a public art project. Past artists included Smithsonian-collected folk artists Ruby C. Williams and Mr. Imagination. Participants in the workshops learn the craft of each artist as they work together on a piece of artwork that uses personal and family experience as inspiration. By participating in the collaborative projects and in the exhibition, individuals will have a deeper sense of belonging and contributing to their community, building self-confidence, teaching team skills, and increasing community ownership.

Crealdé School of Art Visual Art Curriculum

Classes for students of all ages and educational backgrounds in painting and drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography and professional development for artists are available at Crealdé School of Art’s main campus at 600 St. Andrews Boulevard in Winter Park (located two miles from the Heritage Center), or at one of the two classrooms at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. Children’s and adult scholarships are available. To explore available classes or to register for classes: www.crealde.org.

Family History Research Library

A free program of the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Winter Park and the Unity Heritage Festival Foundation, the volunteer staff provide assistance to patrons seeking to research their family genealogy. This service is available to the public at the Heritage Center during regular operating hours. For more information or to request an appointment, visit www.hannibalsquare.org.

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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.