The Jamaica Cultural and Resource Center (JCRC) as initially envisaged is estimated to cost $5 to $6 million, and its plans include the following:
- A reference library and resource center where the Jamaican Diaspora – particularly second and third generations would be able to learn of their heritage especially as it relates to the growth of Jamaican communities in South Florida and other regions in the USA.
- A cultural performance auditorium for showcasing Jamaican cultural presentations and performing artists.
- An exhibition hall to showcase our art, including photography and craft.
- A meeting/banquet room for community forums and social functions.
- A business corridor with vendor space to be leased to Jamaican small businesses to operate and market their goods and services.
- Administrative offices to manage the facility and also serve as a resource center for assimilation of new Jamaican migrants.
- Parking facility.
The Jamaica Resource and Cultural Center, when fully functional, would be the focal point accessible to the entire South Florida Jamaican community. More importantly, the center would also erase the problem of affordability for a suitable venue frequently encountered by several Jamaican associations hosting frequent social affairs and community forums.
It is also envisaged that this venue would be a source of revenue from formal leasing and rental arrangements to offset the recurring operational expenses. The strongest source of revenue would be from successive grants secured from private and public sector foundations. Consequently, the research, application and procurement of grant funding would be one of the key functions of the center’s administrative staff.
Here are renderings of the resource and cultural center to serve Jamaicans residing in the general South Florida region.
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