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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Urban Center Gives Community a Canvas

"The point of the Urban Center is to never stop trying," said artist/dance instructor Bill Angelini. "It gives street artists a canvas to find the art within."

Angelini was one of more than 100 who attended today's Grand Opening of the Urban Center at Gonzalez Park. The Center features a Chill Room with computers, televisions, arcade games, table tennis, and more; an Expression Room for local artists to exhibit their work, a stage for performances and an area for dance instruction; classrooms for afterschool programs through Communities in Schools; and a gymnasium.

"We need to support our kids to allow them to have freedom of expression," said City Commissioner Ricardo Longoria.

Longoria touted the Center as the first-ever cultural museum/art gallery in the Southmost area.

Mayor Pat Ahumada applauded the efforts of Recreation Manager Christopher Patterson, the Parks and Recreation Department, Communities in Schools and those private entities like Best Buy who donated resources. The Tony Gonzalez Family, for whom the park is named after, was also in attendance.

The Center is a breath of fresh air, and I'd love to see more open in other Brownsville communities. It gives children a place to acquire assistance with homework, to participate in the arts and to utilize resources they don't otherwise have at home.

The urban decor brings life to the Center, and it is certainly demonstrative of the hardwork of everyone who brought the Center to fruition. Kudos to all involved.

Anyone interested in donating to the Center, may contact Patterson at (956) 455-7729. For more information about the Center, click here.

*Click on photos for larger view.


Blogger Kurgan said...

That's cool!

Saturday, September 27, 2008  
Anonymous laura said...

Wow that's really nice

Were you involved with this project? If so congrats!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for all of your support...Please call me at 455-7729 if you have any questions. Chris Patterson

Wednesday, October 01, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Hi Laura,

I wish I were involved with this project, but I have an idea for a fund-raiser if you're interested.


Saturday, October 04, 2008  
Anonymous Frank said...

WOW, This is great. Why aren't brownsville Leaders and the Media making a "BIG Deal " about this? We need more Community Centers like this. Great Job Chris Patterson

Sunday, November 09, 2008  

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