On Tuesday (April 19) at 8:30 am, the local cultural treasure that is the Timucua Arts White House
is due to appear in
the principal's office
City Council Chambers.
Since 2000, eminent music figure Benoit Glazer
has been hosting intimate music and cultural events at his family's south downtown home, which expanded into a beautifully purpose-built facility (the "White House") in 2007. Over 50 events happen there each year, almost all of them free and open to the public. The White House is also the seat of the Timucua Arts Foundation,
a benefactor to great, pacesetting and critical music organizations like the Accidental Music Festival
and the Civic Minded 5
. There are fewer more pure patrons of the arts
in this city than this place and the foundation behind it.
But recently, the City has set its bureaucratic cross hairs on the venue, demanding it apply for a conditional use permit
to continue cultivating beauty in the community. Without it, one of the most organic, altruistic and enlightened cultural lights in Orlando will be extinguished.
To prevent that injustice, the Timucua folks and the vibrant arts galaxy that surrounds them are calling on people to show up in force
to the above hearing and speak up about the immeasurable cultural value
the White House adds to the city at large almost every single week and largely for free. Do it.