Public Art

Project Atrium at MOCA celebrates 10 years with special exhibition

And MOCA Jacksonville marks the occasion by going back to the drawing board. Literally. In 2010, artists Christina Foard and Dolf James conceived of Imagination Squared, an exhibition featuring works by local artists of all ages, walks of life and skill levels.The concept was a huge hit, attracting 5,000 visitors for its opening and inspiring the creation of Project Atrium, a 40-foot-tall gallery space showcasing site-specific and site-sensitive installations on the museum’s first floor. The idea to revisit Imagination Squared was sparked by MOCA Executive Director Caitlín Doherty and Senior Curator Ylva Rouse who wanted to engage the public in expressing …

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Black History Matters: Mural Project Brings Awareness to Jacksonville’s Historic Eastside

HOPE & HISTORY MURAL

This article was originally published April 5, 2018 THE HOPE & HISTORY MURAL PROJECT DEBUTS AT PUBLIC ART WEEK Public Art Week, an annual event hosted by the , is an opportunity for the city to celebrate local art and to reassert the ‘public’ aspect of public art. Not only a moment to celebrate Jacksonville’s arts scene, it also invites locals to be a part of it–and not just by passive appreciation. ‘The Hope and History Mural Project,’ an initiative by the University of North Florida’s Center for Urban Education and Policy (CUEP), embodies this spirit, as a fusion of …

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Meet You Under The Clock: Jacobs Jewelers, a Timeless Beacon for Downtown Jacksonville for 129 Years

Jacobs Jewelers is a Timeless Beacon for Downtown Jacksonville

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow For over a century (129 years), Jacobs Jewelers has served as the keeper of the past. The iconic clock has measured many moments in the city’s history from its post at the corner of Laura and Adams streets in Downtown Jacksonville. Since 1890, the timeless beacon has kept watch over families dressed in their holiday best as they strolled the downtown streets, gazing at the windows dressed for the season. Children pressed their noses against the glass in wonder, small girls in patent leather shoes picked out their Christmas toys from store windows while their folks …

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Mayport Road gets a New Mural at Word Revolt Art Gallery

Mayport Road gets a New Mural at Word Revolt Art Gallery, Mayport Mural Painting Party

Artists, merchants and property owners in can add a little color to the city and give it a new sense of place. A public art grant is available to encourage businesses along the commercial strip leading to to incorporate their own vision and help redefine the sagging Mayport corridor. Word Revolt Art Gallery located on Mayport Road is the first recipient of the city’s public art grant program adopted last year. Owners Theresa and Todd Rykaczewski will lead installation of a new outdoor mural on the south facing wall of The Shoppes of A1A North with a painting party Nov. …

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A Fierce New Look at the Stadium, Nicole Holderbaum Finishes Jaguar Mural

A Fierce New Look at the Jaguars’ Stadium, New Jaguars Mural by Nicole Holderbaum, Nicole Holderbaum, New mural at TIAA Bank Field for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Photo by Allan Pimenta

Nicole Holderbaum Finishes Mural for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 25th Anniversary at TIAA Bank Field Two words you won’t typically find in the same sentence: art, and football. Currently in Jacksonville however, these two words will be growing in frequency and sharing the same playing field and our local sense of pride is going to expand right alongside them. I’m talking about the mural projects taking place with the Jacksonville Jaguars at , have you heard yet? Every night of the week there is an art opening in one corner of town or another, and large-scale public art projects are appearing …

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Art Republic’s Two Weeks to Change the World

Art Republic, Dourone x David Petroni

Art and industry collide as Art Republic 2018, a communal celebration of public art changes the face of downtown Jacksonville again. is known for infusing the city with bold outdoor murals that define an area’s character. Exhibitions, which are curated by industry experts, showcase the top artists in their field of expertise to create a sense of place, spark global conversations, and inspire community engagement. Muralists for the 2018 collection include , Pastel, Chris Clark, Datastorm, Golden, Sipros and NEAN. Murals will be installed at various locations throughout the from November 1st-11th. This year, Art Republic also will include partnerships …

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World War II Jets Send Sky-High Message: GEICO Skytypers to Debut at NAS Jacksonville Air Show

World War II Jets Send a Sky-High Message: GEICO Skytypers to Debut New Flight Demonstration at 2018 NAS Jacksonville Air Show

The World-Famous GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team will roar into Jacksonville later this month to wow crowds with an entirely new flight demonstration at the 2018 Air Show (October 27-28). The squadron of aircraft will participate in a full weekend of jaw-dropping exhibitions showcasing both civilian and military aviators. The ’s famous provide the grand finale, but the entire weekend is jam-packed with talented teams and champion pilots from across the country.     For Flight Lead Larry Arken, skytyping is the family business and something he’s been doing his entire life. His father, retired Naval Aviator Mort Arken, established …

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Arepa Please! Popular Venezuelan Cuisine Finds Its Way to Jacksonville’s Brooklyn Neighborhood

The Jax Blonde, shredded beef slow cooked in pomodoro sauce with south american herbs in a bed of melted cheddar cheese, Photo by Nate Mayo

A new arepa place just popped up in the Riverside / Brooklyn neighborhood, it’s called Arepa Please. You may remember this space as Johnny’s Deli, on the corner of Riverside Ave. and Forest St, across the street from Unity Plaza and the old fire station. I sat down with managing partner Jose Gregorio to talk about all things arepas and how they plan to serve both Johnny’s original deli menu while introducing South American cuisine. Tell me about Arepa Please. Where did it originate? How did it start? Arepa Please is a place that combines good vibes, the best coffee in …

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10 Reasons to Support Arts and Culture in Jacksonville

Photo Credit: Toni Smailagic of Cre8Jax

Cultural organizations and artists are poised to assist the City as they address their social priorities, including: Public Safety, Economic Development, Neighborhood Development, Youth Engagement, and Health and Wellness. The work of cultural organizations and artists expand far beyond just our sector. We have to dismantle the misconception that arts and culture exist in a silo and instead provide examples of how art and culture are woven into the fabric of every day life. In 2017, the U.S. News and World Report noted, “Jacksonville is growing. The region witnessed an ignition of the arts and music scene, stimulating business development …

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Explore and Engage: Northeast Florida Public Art Week 2018

Public Art Week (PAW) is an annual, week-long initiative that celebrates Jacksonville’s public art and highlights the benefits that are created when investments are made in art that is accessible by all.  It is led by the to encourage residents and visitors to explore and engage with works of art that comprise Jacksonville’s rapidly developing artistic and creative landscape.  In addition to advancing the community’s awareness of and engagement with the City of Jacksonville’s official public art collection, PAW also showcases public art initiatives led by private entities and individuals. PAW supports the Cultural Council’s role of ensuring broad accessibility …

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