Overtown is a neighborhood that knows all about change.
Once considered “The Harlem of the South,” it was the gathering place for musicians such as Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis Jr. and Billie Holiday. But when the construction of I-95 divided the neighborhood into quadrants in the 1960s, Overtown’s economic stability collapsed, and so did its claim to fame as the entertainment capital of the South.
So when you think about Overtown, you may no longer think of it as a neighborhood to explore for its arts and entertainment, but that’s all about to change.
Urban Philanthropies is creating the first-of-its-kind event space in the neighborhood by transforming an otherwise vacant lot into Overtown’s hub for arts, culture and entertainment. The open-air venue will feature a stage for live performances, food trucks, a full bar and spaces for artists to create on site.
Here’s a look into what you can expect as The Urban activates the resurgence of this vibrant, artistic community.