The Life Enrichment Center (LEC) is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is for our students to fulfill their lifelong creative potential through the ageless engagement of the arts.
The LEC is an innovative arts education center for adults, operating in North Tampa’s Forest Hills neighborhood since 1980. It is one of only a few centers across the country focused on redefining and reshaping retirement and the experience of aging. Its cultural arts program has received national and international recognition and serves as a model of a successful community-based organization, serving adults primarily 50+.
Over 25 classes are offered each week, including Creative Writing, Drawing, Oil/Acrylic Painting, Watercolor, Tai Chi, Low Impact Exercise, Yoga, Mah Jongg, and Bridge. LEC members are experiencing the most creative and dynamic times of their lives.
Active engagement in the arts has proven to be beneficial to the health and well-being of every aspect of our lives. Research shows the benefits of cognitive, social, mental, and physical engagement to stepping gracefully into the future while remaining active, independent, productive, and healthy.
We believe in equity. By embracing equity, we work to break down systems of oppression, including racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, xenophobia and other forms of bias and hate to achieve a society where race and physical attributes no longer determine one’s outcomes, where everyone has what they need to thrive. This is both a process and a goal. We reject racial barriers that limit and divide us, and we reject bias towards any group of people.
We believe in diversity because our commonalities and differences are both assets. The Life Enrichment Center is a dynamic community that welcomes, respects, and encourages the contributions of all people, in all our rich variety by race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital and/or familial status, language, mental and/or physical impairment and/or disability, military status, economic class, immigration status, foster status, body size, criminal history, or any of the other characteristics that are often used to divide people.
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