Art at the Pride Center

Marie Hammer – Faces and Spaces

Dates of Exhibit: November 11th – December 10th

Location: Pride Community Center

The exhibition titled Faces and Spaces, will feature colorful acrylic paintings as well as human and animal faces created from bits and pieces of wood.

Art is where you find it.  When just nine years old, Marie Hammer designed a poster selected for a UNICEF exhibition at the Brussels World’s Fair in Belgium.  After studying at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, Marie received requests from around the world for murals and paintings, from the cover art for Britain’s WINDS Magazine to features in newspapers and on television in Shanghai, China.  Her work is in private collections in France, Vietnam, South Africa, and across the US.  Previous solo exhibitions in Florida, Connecticut, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Virginia featured images of bears, birds, horses, and legendary women, as well as abstract works.

Thanks to a great supportive LGBTQ+ Community and our allies we had another fantastic Gainesville Pride.

We will be posting some pictures from the festival and parade here and on Instagram in the next few days. Please send us any pics or videos that you would like us to share.

GPD and ACSO Appoint Liaison’s to the LGBTQ+ Community

Pride Community Center of North Central Florida has long established relationships with local law enforcement agencies in our service area. These relationships have been important to address issues of discrimination and violence that have impacted the LGBTQ+ community in North Central Florida. After the terrible attack in Orlando on June 12th we again reached out to build on those relationships. We met with Gainesville Police Department (GPD) Chief Tony Jones and his leadership team and we hosted a safety discussion with GPD at the Pride Center on July 11th . This was the beginning of a planned ongoing conversation with both agencies about issues that impact area LGBTQ+ residents. We also requested that GPD and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) assign a liaison officer to allow LGBTQ+ community members to have a direct contact with these agencies. Subsequent to these conversations, GPD and ACSO have each appointed not one but three liaison officers.

Here are the 3 liaisons and their contact information from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office:

• Captain Steve Maynard, Patrol Operations
• Sergeant Pam James, Security Operations Department of the Jail
• Sergeant Joe VanGorder, Investigations Division

Here are the 3 liaisons and their contact information from the Gainesville Police Department:

• Lt. Jaime Kurnick
• Det. Donna Montague
• Ofc. Michael Cavett

Shortly after the Orlando attacks the FBI and the Department of Justice reached out to express their concern and offered their assistance to the LGBTQ+ community. They provided the following contact information for any questions or needed assistance.

• FBI: FBI Gainesville Resident Agency, 104 N Main Street, Ste 400, Gainesville, FL 32601. Tel# 352-372-9600 e-mail

• Department of Justice: Michael J. Harwin, Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Florida, 111 N. Adams Street, 4th Floor, Tallahassee, FL 32301 Tel# 850-942-8430 e-mail

Community Game Night

Join a diverse group of gamers for both new and classic games.

Board Games
Dice Games
Card Games

Play ours or bring one to teach us!
On the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

From 6pm to 8:30pm at PCCNCF 3131 NW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32609

PCCNCF is Seeking Responsible Volunteers for Key Positions

PCCNCF is YOUR Community Center and we can only continue to succeed with your help. We are looking for folks to fill some key volunteer positions at the center. We need a Facilities Manager, an Education Events Coordinator, and a Program Coordinator. Each of these positions is important to the ongoing success of the center and only require about two hours a week commitment after the initial training period. If you are interested in helping out, please check out the position descriptions or talk to one of our Board Members.

We can’t do it without you!