Institute of Black Culture reopens after $10 million renovation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- The University of Florida celebrated the grand re-opening of the Institute of Black Culture building.

The Institute of Black Culture was originally built in 1971 after student protests.

It was built as a designated space for minority students to meet between classes.

The old building was closed in 2017 as UF prepared for a $10 million project.

The project involved renovations to the IBC and its neighboring building designated for Hispanic-Latino cultures.

Almost 200 people were in attendance for the ribbon-cutting.

Students and staff say the new buildings will be a safe place for students to have fun, socialize and learn for generations to come.

Sunday morning there will be another ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Latino Institute of Culture, also called "La Casita."

Both buildings are open to anyone in the community to come and learn about the cultures.