The Flats: Cradle of a Community

April 14, 2024

Lakes Trail Region
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM 300 North 5th Street Garland, Texas 75040
Website

"THE FLATS" MUSICAL DRAMA, ABOUT GARLAND'S ORIGINAL BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD, SET FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 14

"The Flats: Cradle of a Community", a musical drama about Garland's early days Black community that existed in downtown Garland, is set for 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, in The Atrium.

With an original score and nine original songs, "The Flats" focuses on the free-standing neighborhood, with its own stores, homes, churches, and a school, that existed in the area where the Granville Arts Center and the city government complex now sit. The time period in focus is the 1930s and 1940s, during segregation, when students attended the Garland Colored School on the site where The Atrium is now.

The story depicts the solidarity, vibrancy, and community life of "The Flats" citizens as they dealt with the challenges and realities of that particular time period.

Three previous historical musical dramas about Garland neighborhoods have been produced by the sponsoring organization, Friends of Garland's Historic Magic 11th Street. In 2019 it produced the sell-out and award-winning musical drama "Becoming Garland Avenue" and in 2020 produced the "Becoming Garland Avenue—2020 Revival" movie, both centered around the neighborhood that is now the Travis College Hill National Register Historic District. In 2021 it produced the award-winning "The Cactus Chronicles" about the Manuel and Maria Valle family, Garland's first Latino family of record.

The April 14 performance is funded in part by a grant from the Garland Cultural Arts Commission and the City of Garland Cultural Arts Division.

The Flats: Cradle of a Community

300 North 5th Street Garland, Texas 75040

Admission

Various admission pricing