Old Dillard Museum Activities

10 Year Anniversary of
"My Soul Is a Witness"

The Old Dillard Museum commemorates the people, places, and events that have challenged and inspired the African-American community of Fort Lauderdale for generations. Coming in 2011, Old Dillard Museum plans to partner with the City of Fort Lauderdale as they celebrate their centennial. Fort Lauderdale's rich cultural heritage will be celebrated with exciting events and cultural programs such as Cannonball Jazz Series, Twenty-Some May, and Juneteenth. The museum offers yearlong cultural village workshops with visual artists like Nzingah Oniwosan, storyteller Sista Idya, and spoken word artist Alexis Caputo. Next year, as we focus on our 10 year anniversary of "My Soul Is a Witness," look for more exciting, new workshops in a variety of cultural, creative, and scholarly fields, including Bead Making, Photography, Motivation, Egyptian Yoga, African Dance, Spoken Word and African-American Folklore Crafts. Join us and energize your minds with creative togetherness.

Sign Up Forms: Ambassador Workshops

Other Activities and Programming

Museum activities include guided tours, films, lectures, workshops, classes, conferences, collaborative museum exhibitions, displays and ethnic celebrations. These educational activities serve schoolchildren, community members, and patrons from all cultural backgrounds.

Our Philosophy

The overall framework for the Old Dillard Museum's artistic and programmatic philosophy is community. The organization seeks to integrate cultural and educational programs with the heritage, revitalization and development of the Sistrunk corridor of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County. The predominantly African-American community in this corridor has a strong historical attachment to Dillard High School, other predominantly black high schools in Broward County and to other cultural endeavors that were common to African-Americans in the county, state and nation.

The museum’s philosophy is to present the best practices and highest quality of visual and performing arts to inspire community self-esteem, cooperative activism and an appreciation of cultural diversity.

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    Did You Know

    Florida's Emancipation Day is 20 Some' May. Like Juneteenth is to Texas, May 20, 1865 is the day that the slaves in Florida were told they were free.

    Join us at the Old Dillard Museum on May 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00p.m. at our Emancipation Day Mini Festival.


    Nat Adderley Concert


    Your donation will secure you a seat at the upcoming concert featuring the nephew of Julian "Cannonball" Adderley.


    Make a tax deductible donation to the Old Dillard Foundation. Click below.


    We'll send a talented artist or spokesperson to your site for an exciting presentation. Starting at $150. Click below.


    To purchase a CD, click below.

    Ben Williams CutoutMr. Benjamin Williams, who is often called "Mr. Fantastic," is the 2013 Tree of Life Honoree. In addition to serving three four-year terms on the Broward County School Board as the Member for District 5, Mr. Williams had a outstanding career as an educator and administrator in Broward County Schools. During his years as a administrator, he is noted as designing and implementing the county's first magnet program at Walker Elementary in 1975, he later took the Performing Arts Magnet program to Parkway Middle School in 1988 and added technology to the curriculum as the county began to utilize technology in the district. The performing arts magnet at Parkway led to adding Arts and Music to Dillard High School with Williams as the principal in 1992. Williams was also the first black administrator assigned to a predominantly white elementary school when he became the principal of Nova Blanche Forman Elementary in 1970.

    To view past Tree of Life honorees and The Legacy Continues Video Click Here

    Come to the Old Dillard Museum and be inspired. Sensational tours are available Monday thru Friday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    Summertime hours are Monday thru Thursday 10:00 am to 4:00pm. June 13th to August 11th.

    Suggested Donation:

    Membership has priviliges!

    Membership benefits:

    • Membership recognition
    • Membership benefits at all Broward Attraction & Museum Month (BAMM) locations during the month of June.
    • Email updates on all events

    Click here to become a member today.

    To download our Schedule of Events for 2017-18, open the PDF and use Save As to copy it to your computer.

    To download a copy of our brochure, open the PDF and use Save As to copy it to your computer.

    Photo albums

    recent concerts

    To view slideshows of past concerts:


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    The Old Dillard Museum is a historical landmark and an education center operated by the Broward Public School System. Funding for the museum's activities is provided in part by the Old Dillard Foundation, Funding Arts Broward, Bank of America, The Links, Inc., The National Endowment for the Arts and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and other gracious supporters.

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