Tag Archives: Cultural Council

Photo Credit: Toni Smailagic of Cre8Jax

10 Reasons to Support Arts and Culture in Jacksonville

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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ART REPUBLIC: The Creative Intervention invading Jacksonville’s Urban Core

THE WALLS Guest artists will begin to invade Jacksonville November 1 and 2, and begin to execute their mural designs in real-time. Walls featuring the Downtown Art District murals will include: FESTIVAL SCHEDULE Concierges will ensure a welcoming experience for all participating artists, including a Private Artist Lounge, city excursions to introduce each of them to Jacksonville, and a slew of events: DOWNTOWN ART DISTRICT From Jacksonville’s genesis as an early 20th century cultural destination for film and music, there is a move afoot to enhance and designate the as a nationally recognized Art District by visionary , founder of the non-profit …

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jack mock, mock shop music exchange, murray hill, photo by Jesse Brantman

Rix Rex: Mockshop Music Exchange and the Celestial Dream Pop of wise river

Located in the heart of at 933 Edgewood Ave S is : a boutique music store unlike any other in Jacksonville, which specializes in unique guitars, effects pedals, and amplifiers. Opened in July of 2016 by owner , Mockshop Music Exchange provides the urban core of Jacksonville with a locally owned and operated music store, fulfilling all of your music gear needs. After noticing a void in Jacksonville for a music store of this kind, Mock was finally able to open the store he had always dreamed of. “We’re going have products in here that you’re not going to see …

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Spark the Arts: Jax Kids’ Mural Festival

BY NICOLE HOLDERBAUM The longer I live here, the more I fall in love with Jacksonville. I have been pursuing my career as an artist here for about 3 years now and I have found nothing but support and love from my community. Naturally, I wanted to be a part of anything that would further my career and, above all else, benefit the community. When I found out about the , I knew I had to be a part of it. I became a One Spark creator in 2015, and although I was unsuccessful in winning, it lead to many …

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Southbank Riverwalk Mural: Roux Art’s “Mirrored River” Inspires

A Dedication to Community and Our River The Renovated Southbank Riverwalk Gains the Newest Addition to the City Public Art Collection BY DANIEL AUSTIN, Communications Manager, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Here’s a bold new idea for Jacksonville: “We want to make this city a destination for mosaic art,” says , who, along with his wife , co-founded A business that focuses on creating “community mosaics,” Roux Art’s experience comes from Kate, a lifetime artist and a twenty-year Duval County Public School art teacher, and Kenny on the business side, who recently retired after 27 years with . For the …

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Art in the Park – Hemming Park, That Is

WaterSpirit Rises, Part IV Hemming Park exploded on a Saturday in early May with colorful art and cultural activities sponsored by . Events sparked creativity and participation by children and adults during a free day of fun with some of the best of the city’s cultural organizations. People of all ages came by car, bus, bicycle, skyway, river taxi and on foot. A jam-packed day of exciting events were mirrored at , where the  at  took place and around the bend of the river even more events and activities at . A key live performance and participatory event featured a …

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Cultural Council Announces $2.4B Economic Impact of Northeast Florida Creative Economy

CULTURAL COUNCIL ANNOUNCES GREATER JACKSONVILLE CREATIVE ECONOMY $2.4 BILLION IMPACT Job and Sales Numbers Prove Force of Northeast Florida Cultural Sector JACKSONVILLE – The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc. is pleased to announce new numbers that tell the exciting story of the creative sector’s impact on the Northeast Florida economy. Cultural Council Executive Director  stood on the steps of the Florida Blue Plaza at  on Monday, May 11th to make the announcement, joined by representatives from JAX Chamber, elected officials, and directors and members of the creative class. Each year, the  assesses the economic impact of the twenty-one nonprofit …

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The Barge, Southank Riverwalk, Jacksonville FL


New Public Art and BARGE Event Series Will Help Activate Downtown Adding to the exciting wave of Downtown renewal, the new, improved Southbank Riverwalk opened today with an event at Friendship Fountain. Mayor , Council President , Councilmembers ,  and , and other city leaders announced new features and opportunities in celebration of the opening of this renovated  centerpiece. “This newly redesigned  will add even more momentum to our Downtown riverfront and serve as a destination for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Brown. “This new 4,000-foot Riverwalk provides a unique experience for the public to enjoy our treasured St. …

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Actor Profile: Daniel Austin

Daniel Austin has a drive that ripples through every aspect of his personal and professional life. As the Communications Manager for the , Austin is a tireless promoter of the city’s creative community. In his personal life, he indulges his passion for acting as part of the city’s local theatre scene. “I fill my day with efforts to convene and promote the local arts community, and fill my nights with rehearsals and performances,” says the San Diego native who relocated to Jacksonville two and a half years ago. He attended high school in St. John’s County and graduated with a …

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