Commissioned by the City of Tampa Art Programs Division, the Dream Pushers mural is located on the Dream Center building at 15th and 17th streets in the neighborhood of V.M. Ybor. The south facing wall tells the story of the original immigrants from Cuba and Italy, and the African Americans who first inhabited this neighborhood. Cuscaden Park has a rich baseball history, and one of 7 operating Wesley Bintz designed swimming pools in the country (out of 135 built) where many locals learned to swim. This neighborhood is also home to some of the oldest cigar factories in Tampa, including the only one with an operating clock tower.
The west facing half is a tribute to the current residents who maintain the neighborhood today. This is for the children, the future leaders, the dreamers. From 1887 to 2016 the Cuscaden Park area has seen many changes, from orange grove to baseball field, the addition of a pool in 1935, rec center and football fields. This section of Ybor has always been a hub of community energy, our mural is to inspire the neighborhood to stay vibrant, embrace history and embark on its future.