Jo Long of the Jo Long Theater at the Carver Community Cultural Center has passed away

Jo Long of the Jo Long Theater at the Carver Community Cultural Center has passed away.

The Carver said on Facebook that Long had been the organization’s executive director from reopening in 1979 until retiring in 2000.

“She was a visionary arts administrator and community activist who gave her body and soul to serving this community,” the post read. “It is through his vision and dedication that Carver has become globally recognized as a premier cultural institution. We are deeply touched and honored to be the current stewards of the legacy she has created. “

The Jo Long Theater for the Performing Arts is a 650-seat pre-stage theater, according to the Carver Community Cultural Center website.

The National Performance Network shared the post on Facebook, saying Long was “unique in her vision, fierce in her fight for justice and expansive in her support for artists at the local, national and international levels.”

“Jo was a true visionary in the arts who led Carver to national and global recognition through her innovative programming,” the post read. “She did it while keeping the spirit and connections of a local community center. It has created a model institution.

KRTU, a listener-supported radio station broadcasting from Trinity University, also offered its condolences on Facebook.

“Long united our community through love and advocacy and made their vision a reality,” the post states. “We hope to continue working alongside the Carver Community Cultural Center to bring the best to our wonderful community. His legacy lives on in many ways, especially in the music that resonates throughout the Jo Long Theater. “

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