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Cultural Conversations

Cultural Conversations

Cultural Conversations our many efforts to engage the community in all things artistic with a goal to inspire greater participation in and a passion for the arts in our community. Through our Cultural Conversations, we intend to provide interesting and evocative dialogue designed around P.L.A.C.E. (people, land, arts, culture and engagement). Cultural Conversations includes the occasional series, Inspired By... in it's repertoire.

2021 Season 

Shakespeare's Villains: What Makes Them So Much Fun? | February 2nd

Why are villains so much fun?  How did Shakespeare create such compelling villains?  What were his inspirations, and where do we see these villains in today's world?  Presented by Dennis O’Donovan, ACT Studio Theatre.

The Art & Science of Photography | March 2nd

Hosted by artist and photographer, Maria Miele, a panel of photographs will discuss photography from their point of view. Maria Miele is a former board member of the Arts Council of Martin County and an arts teacher at The Pine School. 

Why Public Art? | April 6th

A lively discussion will explore the topic of public art and why it makes a difference in our communities from a variety of panelists including artists, government representatives and more. 

What Makes A Building Historic, Rather Than Just Old? | May 4th

During Historic Preservation Month (May), a panel of local experts will discuss traits of buildings that make them historic led by Niki Norton, AIA.

Meet our panelists:

Alice Luckhardt: A former teacher, Alice has spent the last 20 years researching and writing historical and genealogical articles and books. She is published in numerous national magazines including recently the 'History Magazine', April 2012 with a feature article on the RMS Titanic.

Douette Pryce: Owns his own firm, Pryce Resources LLC, a real estate development and investment advisory company, that utilizes his many attributes learned through his career. His focus is on the research, development and management of feasible and sustainable real estate projects. His firm’s disciplines include site selection, due diligence research and analysis, site-plan design, financial analysis, budgeting, financial reporting, forecasting of new construction and redevelopment management.

Kia Fontaine: has been with The Lyric for thirteen years and is responsible for all day-to-day operations and general management of The Lyric. Prior to coming to The Lyric, Kia served as the Historic Preservation Officer and as a Deputy City Clerk for the City of Fort Pierce. Ms. Fontaine has been a resident of the Treasure Coast for all of her life and is passionate about performing arts.