The Orange County Regional History Center wants to start speaking in Spanish.
The downtown Orlando museum is raising money to produce a Spanish-language version of its audio tour. It's aiming to raise $7,000 through the social fundraising site Power2Give.org. Corporate sponsor Bank of America will donate 50 cents for every dollar given there during the 90-day campaign.
“We figured we could find a base in Central Florida that would care about this,” says Lisa Newman, marketing manager.
Arts groups including the Orlando International Fringe Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Central Florida Community Arts and Mad Cow Theater are using Power2Give for projects.
An English version of the history center tour has been in place since 2008. It lasts about 1 hour and 20 minutes and guides visitors through the permanent exhibits of the four-level history center, Newman says.
“It’s not just repeating what’s on the panels. It gives you a bit extra,” she says. "It’s definitely an enhancement,” Newman says.
The audio tour is free of charge.
The new money would pay for translation of the original script, the casting of three professional voice actors, recording, editing, mixing and making of a master tape. The intent is to have the same quality as the English version, Newman says.
“We figure with more than 20 percent of Central Florida’s population being Spanish-speaking that it’s definitely a good use of funds," Newman says.
Few of the history center's information panels are presented in Spanish.
“I think that ... in moving forward, any improvement or additions or changes that we make would include the Spanish version,” Newman says.
The final day to contribute is Jan. 12.
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