BRICKBATS & BOUQUETS

BOUQUETS TO CULTURAL COUNCIL OF GREATER JACKSONVILLE  Last week, the Council announced the recipients of its third cycle of Spark Grants, allocating $70,000 among five individual artists and non-profit organizations that will use the money to implement temporary arts and cultural projects in the city’s Downtown.

BOUQUETS TO JASMYN  The Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network – a local LGBT advocacy group – announced last week its launch of a $1 million campaign to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS in Northeast Florida – one of the state’s most at-risk regions.

BRICKBATS TO RAYMOND JOHNSON  As reported by our esteemed columnist A.G. Gancarski, on Dec. 2 (World AIDS Day) Johnson – a political consultant who has worked with multiple city councilmembers – posted a rant on Facebook in response to an article about the fundraising initiative mentioned in the Bouquet above, criticizing “city leaders” for “coddling sick people.”

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october, 2021

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