– Successful launch of “The Hurston Herald,” the e-voice of The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.), our organization’s monthly e-newsletter;
– 26th Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival (ZORA! Festival), January 24 – February 1, with highlights being the 2nd ZORA! STEM Conference for students in grades 6-12; the first-ever Historic Black Towns and Settlements Historic Preservation Conference; and the publication of the 2015 edition of ZORA! Magazine.
– The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts (The Hurston) Retrospective Exhibition at the HUB-Robeson Galleries at Pennsylvania State University.
– The Spring Meeting of the ZORA! Festival National Planners, March 20-21 where, in addition to the planners, representatives from (7) other organizations attended; and
– P.E.C. Staff member being elected to the Board of Directors of the Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance.
- To continue the progress being made on stablilizing the organization’s finances and to strengthen further its financial infra-structure;
- To execute the plans which have been made to produce the year-long commemoration of Zora Neale Hurston’s 125th birthday (1/7-12/31, 2016), beginning with the kick-off event, the 27th Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA! Festival), January 23 – 31;
- To plan and achieve the major fundraising goal: Sell 200 cabins for the 4/10-17, 2016 Zora Neale Hurston Commemmorative Cruise (in observance of her 125th birthday celebration);
- To solidfy 3-5 years of funding (government/education/private) on behalf of the ZORA! STEM Initiative.
- To advance plans for 2018 launch of a Seasonal Farmer’s Market based on organically grown produce by the Yards & Gardens Club of Historic Eatonville.