Wilhelmina Johnson Center


The Wilhelmina Johnson Center (WJC) is located at 321 NW 10th St. Gainesville, Florida.

The Center has been used for many purposes since it was built in the early 1900’s. People from the community remember it as a fire station, a recreation center and a community resource center.

Cultural Arts Coalition has been working out of the WJC since 1986. In 2000, CAC contracted with the City of Gainesville as manager of the facility.

While CAC encourages groups with arts-oriented programming to use the facilities, community organizations also hold regular meetings here. Special programs can be hosted at the facilities ranging from baby showers, to birthday parties to dinners to wakes.

Lavern Porter Dancers have been rehearsing at WJC since the 1980s. This historic dance company has performed throughout the state of Florida at major festivals and art shows. The Company has traditionally held classes Mondays and Tuesdays from 5pm to 7pm. The Company’s Director is Lavern Porter who has been recognized throughout the community for her tireless work with this company.

Shorin-Ryu Martial Arts Company also offers Martial Art classes at WJC on a regular basis.