101.9 WPHX Radio – a project of the Firehouse Cultural Center

On August 17th, 2015 The Phoenix radio station went on air for the first time. The radio station is located in a small building that was previously used as the backup communications center for the sheriff’s office and is wired to a tower. The station’s organizers Dolores Coe, Sandy Council and Pamela MacDonald were granted a license by the Federal Communications Commission for the noncommercial radio station. Jeff Knauff a local recording studio owner was also enlisted as help. The radio station was then granted $29,970 from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay South Shore Council and $3,600 from the South County philanthropically group, One Hundred Women Who Care. Ruskin Community Development Foundation chipped in $750 for funding as well.

WPHX is a link to the community and beyond, providing a variety of arts, music, education and information programming that connects people to each other, to ideas, experiences and resources. The station will broadcast performances, workshops, visiting artists, music and special events scheduled at the Firehouse Cultural Center, as well as a variety of programming that engages, informs, educates and inspire listeners.

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Gala 2015: A Great Time and a Success


On Saturday, March 7th supporters of the Firehouse enjoyed an enchanting elegant evening “Under the Stars, Beside the Little Manatee River, Among the Azaleas.” Hosted by Ross and Vicki Elsberry, the Firehouse Cultural Center Gala 2015 celebrated  its achievements and its substantial growth in a few short years. As guests arrived they were greeted by the silk acrobatics of the Aerial Dragons  serving sparkling wine. Before a moonlit dinner, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while strolling the grounds viewing a beautiful sunset, bidding on silent auction items and listening to the jazz finesse of the Tony Castellano  Trio.   At dinner, Board President, W. Tom Grimm welcomed guests, Gala Honorary Chair and advocate for South Hillsborough County, Commissioner Sandra Murman . Commissioner Murman spoke about the Cultural Center and its role in the exciting changes taking place in South County stating “We’re on Fire!” Executive Director, Georgia Vahue, thanked Gala Hosts and Sponsors: Vicki & Ross Elsberry; The Dickman Families; The Mosaic Company; BMO Harris Bank; the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, South Shore Council. The evening culminated with illuminating Sky Lanterns floating skyward across the Little Manatee River. Funds raised go to support the Cultural Center’s  quality programs  in arts and education for all ages. Thank You to Scattered Pics Photography for the amazing photos!

Help Create a Mosaic Mural on The Firehouse

The Firehouse Cultural Center and South Hillsborough County residents worked together with Cero Design to create and install an extraordinary mosaic on the exterior of the Firehouse Cultural Center, completed in one week.

Thanks to all of our contributors!

Thank you for your “cracking good” support!


Supported by:
Arts Council of Hillsborough County

Firehouse Ribbon Cutting Marks Full-time Opening

Sandra Murman, Hillsborough County Commissioner, District 1, will join FCC Board Members and other elected officials to officially open the Firehouse Cultural Center on Wednesday, September 25th at 10:00 a.m. A reception, free and open to the public, will follow in the FCC theatre. Business Sponsors and First Responders Founding Members will be recognized.

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Firehouse Cultural Center welcomes new Executive Director, Georgia Vahue

Georgia VahueGeorgia Vahue has been named Executive Director of the Firehouse Cultural Center as preparations are made to open full time to the public. She joins the Firehouse with a great range of experience and enthusiasm—and with roots and interest in this area.

Georgia was most recently Director of Education and Gallery Programs at Great Necks Art Center, Long Island New York. She is a Fulbright Fellow, a Certified Teacher of K – 12 Art and Gifted and Talented Education with 12 years of teaching experience in Florida, London and New York. She was for seven years the Arts Educator here at Wimauma Elementary. She graduated from the University of South Florida, College of Fine Arts and attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine.

Her many accomplishments comprise: working with numerous curators including internationally known artist James Rosenquist and Ned Rifkin, Under Secretary of Art, Smithsonian Institution and former Director of Atlanta’s High Museum; published arts articles and arts education curricula; and The University of Georgia, Atlanta, recognizes her as a “Southern Scholar on Women.”

In addition to her arts administration, teaching and curatorial experience, Georgia brings to the Firehouse significant experience in gallery and business administration and marketing. She has curated and contributed to numerous art exhibitions from Florida to New York as well as participated as a guest juror, and lecturer at State, National and International venues.