Community & Services

Hundreds of FusionFest participants pose for a photo as they hold up their Country's flag and smile

Global Cultures to be Showcased at FusionFest2019

When Terry Olson was hired by Orange County to create the Arts and Cultural Affairs Office in 2001, he knew it was the opportunity of a lifetime due to the region’s diverse global influences. Today, with FusionFest 2019 just around the corner, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, he credits the entire community with helping to create the ultimate multicultural festival.

“FusionFest is the result of a grassroots effort that has always been supported by Orange County, as well as the Downtown Arts District and the Orlando Downtown Development Board, but without the support of the many diverse cultural organizations in the region, we couldn’t have made this happen,” said Olson, who created a steering committee in 2016. “When the County gave us the green light to make it official, we started brainstorming, raising money and organizing, and were able to premiere the festival last Thanksgiving weekend in 2018.”

] Orange County Corrections staff member Linda A. Brooks, Orange County Undersheriff Mark Canty, Florida Secretary of Corrections Mark Inch, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, and Orange County Corrections Chief Louis A. Quiñones, Jr.

Florida Association of Community Corrections Annual Training Institute Meets in Orange County

This year’s Florida Association of Community Corrections Annual Training Institute recently met in Orange County to discuss best practices, as well as how...

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Summer Spells Hunger for Many Kids

Orange County Partners with Second Harvest for its Summer Camps

Across Central Florida, students have been enjoying summer vacation, but for some children, summertime means...

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Orange County Government TV Wins Seven Prestigious Telly Awards

Honoring Excellence in Local, Regional and Cable Television

Orange County Government access channel Orange TV has been honored by the 40th Annual Telly...

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Orange County Jail’s Culinary Program Serves up Job Skills

Tory Blackwell, a former Orange County Corrections Department inmate, is now lead cook at a popular local restaurant thanks to IN2WORK vocational training....

An idyllic neighborhood

Deterring Crime through Preventative Measures: Upcoming Topic at Orange County Community Conference

For Jason Reynolds in the Orange County Neighborhood Services Division, the concept of reducing crime through environmental design has always been fascinating. While...

Two women carrying flags of different nations on a pole. Behind them is a large screen that reads "You can be You here. Fusion Fest."

FusionFest Opens Call to Performers, Artists, Vendors and Volunteers

Through August 1, 2019, FusionFest.org is issuing a call for performers, artists, vendors and volunteers to register their “Intent to Participate” in the...

Photo of the July Perry marker that reads "Lynching of July Perry, November 3, 1920"

Historical Marker Has Been Placed Honoring Lynching Victim July Perry

At 10:30 a.m. on June 21, 2019, a historical marker in remembrance of one of the darkest days in Orange County was placed during...

A group of senior citizens posing for a photo with their instructor as they hold exercise equipment

Keeping Seniors Fit: Orange County Community Action Division Offers Mobility and Flexibility Classes at Local Community Centers

Orange County has partnered with Firebush, Inc. and the YMCA to offer fitness classes at several local community centers in an effort...

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Local Government in Action: Orange County Traffic Engineering Division Works with Residents to Improve Road Safety

When tragedy struck in January 2018 at the intersection of Pershing Ave. and Redditt Road in Orlando, it was a reminder of the importance...