1993: The Last Year of the Cultural Arts Program
January 16, 1993: “Africa’s Legacy in Mexico,” exhibit by nationally known photographer, Tony Gleaton, opens at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center.
February 20, 1993: As federal funding declines for the city, local officials announce a search for alternative public and private support for the continuation of the Cultural Arts Program.
March 22, 1993: “God Bless the Child, A Tribute to Billie Holiday,” is held at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center.
April 14, 1993: “African Americans and American Jews,” exhibit opens with CAP sponsorship.
June 6, 1993: A fire destroys the Eubie Blake Cultural Center on North Charles Street. The fire has a devastating impact on the Cultural Arts Program. Within a few months, all neighborhood CAP programs close and the 409 North Charles Street location never re-opens. In the aftermath of the fire, a private non-profit corporation is founded and eventually opens the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center on Howard Street.