Public Art

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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Jacksonville International Airport Arts Commission: Abstraction — Bold + Beautiful

Rob Middleton, RMiddleton, Haskell Gallery,Jacksonville International Airport Arts Commission A Bold + Beautiful Abstractions, Photo from Jen Jones

ROB MIDDLETON, CYNTHIA WALBURN, & STEPHANIE CAFCULES Abstract art is made for emotion. It’s open and free, a democratic form made for the artist to interpret their feelings and for the viewer to interpret from there. It makes the viewer question what it represents, if anything at all. It’s a surprising art form, and sometimes the most surprising thing about it is where it’s located. The Haskell Gallery, located in the pre-security, has been housing art for over 20 years. Its newest addition is Abstraction: Bold + Beautiful, showcasing abstract works by three local artists. “This show is one of …

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ArtRepublic: International Art Expo Brings More Murals To Downtown Jacksonville, Florida

Dourone and David Petroni, Photo by Jason Infader Moale, Art Republic, Downtown Jacksonville, ArtRepublic

ARTREPUBLIC RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN JACKSONVILLE FOR YEAR 2 At the surface, street art is about filling an empty space with something beautiful. But the beating heart of the movement is centered around transformation. Street art invokes inspiration. Concepts develop in technicolor, ideas that stimulate growth and inspire change one bold stroke at a time. With street art, beautiful things can happen. For the second year, ArtRepublic has curated a collection of the most prolific artists to participate in the 12-day exhibition November 1-12 in the . The lineup, as announced exclusively to EU Jacksonville, features artists Faith47, Hush, DALeast, Okuda, …

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Honoring Our Fallen: Duval County Veterans Memorial Wall in Downtown Jacksonville

Duval County Veterans Memorial Wall in Jacksonville, FL, Robin Kiely, Photo Fran Ruchalski

Our Veterans Memorial Wall is unusual in that it honors all six branches of the military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. The 65 foot-long monument lists the names of soldiers from World War I through the War on Terror, with a connection to Jacksonville, most often through attending high school here. A torch with an eternal flame stands in front of the monument. The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall can be found at 1145 East Adams Street, adjacent to . It’s also recorded as the second largest wall in the country, only behind the Vietnam Veteran’s …

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What’s Up With Hemming? Jacksonville’s Oldest Public Park Gets A New Facelift

After the last few years’ renaissance, inquiring minds have been wondering what is in store for Hemming Park’s future. We thought it was best to hear the update from our friends at Hemming Park directly…  Jacksonville’s Oldest Public Park Gets A New Facelift During a Collaborative Beautification Project IMPROVEMENTS CONTINUE Friends of , a nonprofit organization, was contracted by the in 2017 to manage its oldest public park. Since inception, placemaking projects were implemented along with scheduled amenities and programming. Significant improvements continue to be made, including friendly and visible ambassadors and dedicated security, the addition of two stages for entertainment, moveable tables and chairs, an …

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Jacksonville Public Library Has Huge Win with Augusta Savage Sculpture Discovery

Augusta Savage Unveiling: The sculpture will be on permanent display on the 4th floor at Jacksonville Public Library // Photo by Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

HISTORICAL NEW WORKS FOR THE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE MAIN LIBRARY The Jacksonville Public Library recently learned that a sculpture it has owned for some years is the work of well-known African-American artist Augusta Savage. Earlier this year with the help of the , the library had the opportunity to have the small-scale, painted terra cotta female bust appraised and authenticated. As a result, the sculpture of unknown title, which is signed by the artist, is confirmed to have been created by Augusta Savage. The library is very pleased to place this work of art on permanent display in …

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ArtRepublic Announces Official 2017 Dates & Technology Partner

ArtRepublic, the non-profit organization that aggressively put together a 4 day mural expo last year is back for a twelve day event from November 1 – 12, 2017. ArtRepublic has established an intentional system for infusing art and culture to elevate and inspire communities that can be implemented globally.  This system consists of adhering to a standard of excellence in all curation, developing featured artists, thoughtful collaborations with the academic art world and brands and creating a cultural atmosphere that nurtures growth amongst high performing individuals. The organization has partnered with Has their returning Title Sponsor. This year will bring …

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City of Murals: The Landing Walls

Nicole Holderbaum’s fascination with murals stems from a simple reason. “I like to paint really big,” she says. “It’s nice to have a huge canvas to go crazy on.” The artist has been committed to painting and facilitating street art in the Jacksonville area for the past four years. She snagged the attention of the Landing’s directors and event coordinators last year when she organized the Jax Kids’ Mural Festival. They later approached her about spearheading a mural project in the Landing’s indoor shopping area. “They talked to me about potentially painting the walls,” she says. She decided to turn …

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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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