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The Art Spectrum: Art Aviators at MOCA, For Children & Families in the Autism Spectrum

The invites autistic children to a morning of creating. Their Art Aviators Family Workshop is geared toward children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. heads Family and Children’s Programs at . He organizes the Art Aviators workshop to encourage children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to get creative on their own terms. “Folks on the spectrum can’t always communicate verbally or through the written word,” says Aiuppy, “so giving them access to drawing and painting is a way for them to get their thoughts and feelings out in a really safe space.” With Art Aviators, the MOCA educational staff strives …

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SPACE 42: Life, The Universe, and Everything

The founders of believe that if you build it, they will come. It’s a hybrid warehouse in the newly-proclaimed Arts District of Jacksonville that combines technology with the arts. “Without art, technology fails,” says , co-founder of SPACE 42. Through his extensive background in technology consulting, Kevin has found that most tech geniuses work like artists. “In turn, without technology, art fails.” Together with business partners James and Charity Higbe, Kevin and Michelle Calloway have excavated the 22,000 square foot warehouse on Phyllis Street behind CoRK Arts District. Properly marrying art and technology to create an innovation center requires an …

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At the Intersection of Art and Activism

Hope McMath with The Space Gallery Directors, Matthew and Laura Bennett // Photo by Francesco Salomoni

EVENT: A More Perfect Union: Explorations of Human Rights DATE: February 3 to February 28 VENUE: The Space Gallery (120 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202) MORE INFO: Facebook Event When curator lifted A More Perfect Union from the as the title of her latest exhibition project, she knew exactly what she was doing. “As a nation,” says McMath, “we haven’t even met the baseline of what’s been defined as ‘a perfect union.’ But that baseline kind of sucked.” Through the Union of 25 mixed-medium artists at in downtown Jacksonville, McMath aims to highlight the post-election conversation surrounding universal human rights. …

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Exacting Nature at the Jacksonville International Airport

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You checked your luggage and printed the boarding passes. The liquids in your purse are less than three fluid ounces, and your carry-on is the perfect size for the overhead bin. To top it all off, you even wore your TSA-approved socks, the ones covered in a pizza pattern that make the officer with the scanning wand smile every time. But any knowledgeable traveler should add one more thing to this list—leave time to enjoy the abundance of art on display at the . For over 20 years, the has provided travelers with rotating art exhibitions throughout the airport. The …

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Marcus Kenney is Abstractly Political: Florida Mining Gallery’s Dope Fix on the Future 

Marcus Kenney in his studio

As a child, artist suffered the loss of his family home and all of the objects within as the result of a tragic fire. Since then, Kenney often memorializes found objects in his multi-media artwork to fill the void and create something to pass on to his children. The hosts Kenney’s new exhibition Dope January 20-March 13, 2017. An opening reception will be held Friday from 7-9pm January 20. Kenney will host a talk prior to the reception from 6-6:30pm (www.floridamininggallery.com). “Marcus is one of the biggest names we work with, and it’s one of the major goals of Florida …

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The Union 700 Art Tour – It’s all about Lovin our local artists!!!!

  Five of Jacksonville’s hottest creator spaces are hosting Saturday, November 12, 2016 at The Union Terminal Warehouse. The Jacksonville Cultural Development Corporation, Studio 3E, Wonderlandjax, The Union Art Studios and Gallery, and ArtNJax will be showcasing local artists, photographers, muralists and performers in an all out Art Extravaganza. Join us as we celebrate ArtNJax weekend with an adventure in the mundanely absurd with live mural painting, art workshops, figure drawing, juried art show, performers, dancing dinosaurs, sleeping celebrities, political effigies, creepy clowns, walking mermaids, flea cirque du soleil, and so much more! The hosts: WonderlandJax-Unit 2I Studio 3E-Unit 3E …

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Let Your Phoenix Flag Fly: A New Arts District in Springfield

Phoenix Art District, Christy Frazier, Photo by Nate Price, Springfield, Jacksonville, Florida

“I’VE GOT A SCHOOL TO BUILD.” Phoenix Arts District (P.A.D.) is prepping to be a game changer for Jacksonville. The district will house the Jacksonville Florida School of the Arts (JFSOTA), and will be a community space with lots of moving parts. The major focus will be on hands-on art education and building a home for local and visiting artists. P.A.D. is such a big undertaking that it needs a whole community of support–and thankfully there is a great team working on it. Local entrepreneur Christy Frazier and her business partner Aislynn Thomas-McDonald are at the helm. The two met …

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All the Emotions! “The Human Condition” Portraits by Jami Childers

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A fundamental part of the human condition is the ability to see the world through the lens of our experiences. Those experiences are carved out in smile lines, a furrowed brow or a pensive gaze. It’s the job of a portrait artist to navigate the map of human expression and emphasize the details that speak to each stage of our individual journey. Artist stages her exhibit “” December 2nd at with a performance by with . The exhibit features a series of new portraits that explore the myriad of emotions that live in all of us. The exhibit will run …

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THONY THE ROAD WE TROD: 10 QUESTIONS WITH ARTIST THONY AIUPPY

Tony Aiuppy, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Florida, EU Jacksonville, #thonyaiuppy, #culturalcouncilofgreaterjacksonvlleflorida, #moreartculture, #eujacksonville, #eujax

10 Questions courtesy of our friends at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Thony Aiuppy is a practicing visual artist and an art educator. He is also a husband and father of three children.  He and his family live in the . Making Springfield home for he and his family was an intentional act after previously residing in both and . The diversity of the area appealed to Thony, as did the urban neighborhood’s history. In his blog Thony has said the following about Springfield: “This is the setting for which my journey starts in regards to the story of the work …

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Amerika Brings Beautiful to MOSH

World-renowned visual artist will present a lecture this October in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium at the as part of the VyStar International Artist Lecture Series. Seating is limited. Tickets are available that include a pre-reception artist meet or general admission to lecture only (https://markamerika.eventbrite.com/). All ticket holders will receive complimentary tickets to the Cosmic Concert series and free admission to the museum on October 10. As an artist, theorist, novelist, and Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado, Mark Amerika has exhibited his art in many venues including the Whitney Biennial, the Walker Art Center, the Denver Art Museum, the …

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