WHAT: Exhibition: The Greek Communities of the Bahamas and Tarpon Springs: An Intertwined HistoryWHERE: Center for Gulf Coast Folklife, 101 S. Pinellas Avenue, Tarpon SpringsWHEN: February 17-May 20, 2012, Monday-Friday, 10am to 4 pmADMISSION: FreeDETAILS: The City of Tarpon Springs announces the installation of their exhibition The Greek...
WHAT: Exhibition: The Greek Communities of the Bahamas and Tarpon Springs: An Intertwined History
WHERE: Center for Gulf Coast Folklife, 101 S. Pinellas Avenue, Tarpon Springs
WHEN: February 17-May 20, 2012, Monday-Friday, 10am to 4 pm
DETAILS: The City of Tarpon Springs announces the installation of their exhibition The Greek Communities of the Bahamas and Tarpon Springs: An Intertwined History in the second floor gallery of the Center for Gulf Coast Folklife.
Florida's ties to the Caribbean include the long relationship between Tarpon Springs and the Bahamas. Greek sponge fisherman and merchants began arriving in both Nassau and Tarpon Springs by the mid-1880s, and both locations developed important sponge industries. Today strong family and business ties are still maintained.
The exhibit is being shown in conjunction with a newly curated exhibit, Haitian Folklife in Florida. There is an opening reception for this exhibit on Friday, February 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, admission is free and the public is welcome. The exhibit runs from February 17 to May 20, 2012 in the Folklife Gallery.
The City of Tarpon Springs’ Center for Gulf Coast Folklife focuses on local, Gulf Coast region, and Florida folklife through exhibits, festivals, performances, workshops, and other programming founded in ethnographic research. Its mission is to identify, document, present, and preserve our unique traditional culture. The Folklife Gallery offers both original and traveling exhibitions that interpret state and regional folk culture. The Center is directed by Dr. Tina Bucuvalas, Curator of Arts and Historical Resources for the City of Tarpon Springs; she is the former State Folklorist and Director of the Florida Folklife Program. Exhibits are designed by Charity Myers/The Creative Pool, Tallahassee.
Call 942-5605 for more information. The Center for Gulf Coast Folklife is funded in part with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk & Traditional Arts Program. The Greek Communities of the Bahamas and Tarpon Springs was funded with a grant from the Florida Humanities Council.
- Vouvalis Company sponge yard. Nassau, ca. 1920s. Many of the earliest members of the Greek Bahamian community came to work for the Vouvalis Sponge Company. In this image, the Greek men (left to right) are Anthony Pelecanos, Michael Klonaris, Athanasios Manasos Sideris, Fotis Scarlatos and Anthony Manglis
- Greek community in front of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Nassau, 1940.