Tag Archives: LaVilla School of the Arts

What If Jacksonville Suddenly Woke Up?, Photo by Lance Asper

What If Jacksonville Suddenly Woke Up?

Some say Jacksonville is a diamond that wants to remain coal. What would it be like if Jacksonville were a city that didn’t hate itself… led by people who acknowledged its achievements? Here are a few things that possibly would have happened in New York, Rome, London Paris, Seattle, or San Francisco if the leaders that made them into Great Cities had been given our city and history. The Southern Music Hall of Fame would be open and full to capacity somewhere in downtown. , and The Allman Brothers would have exhibits there and all the music aficionados would know …

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#DTJax Art Walk, Spirit of Giving

Celebrate the Holidays in #DTJax at The Spirit of Giving Art Walk!

MAYOR CURRY TO HOST A TREE LIGHTING IN HEMMING PARK AT 6:45pm Headquarters at Hemming Park. Enjoy live performances by Duly Noted, Players by the Sea, Scott Jones School of Dance and Groove Coalition beginning at 5 p.m. on the main stage. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and join as he lights the tree near the fountain at 6:45 p.m. Throughout the night, shop local for holiday gifts, enjoy food trucks and a beer tent, and bring the little ones for rides on the “Polar Express” train. Plus, embrace the Spirit of Giving this month and bring a new, unused …

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terrance patterson, ritz chamber player, Jacksonville, Florida, #moreartculture, #eujacksonville, #eujax

Ten Questions: Terrance Patterson, Founder and Artistic Director of the Ritz Chamber Players

10 Questions courtesy of our friends at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville: According to the League of American Orchestras, fewer than two percent (2%) of professional classical musicians in the United States are African-American.  The 2010 Census, which is the most recent Census survey, showed that individuals who identify as African-American represent roughly thirteen percent (13%) of the US population. The disheartening statistic related to the number of African-Americans professionally involved in classical music is one of the motivators that led to the founding of the Ritz Chamber Players. Founded in 2002 by , the stopped charging admission to their concerts …

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A Roaring Success “The Lion King Jr”

THE LION KING JR MUSICAL LaVilla School of the Arts Drama Department Review Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom [email protected] presented Disney’s “” for a three-day run during November 19 – 21, 2015 at the school in Jacksonville, Florida. The Lion King roared as a cast of twenty-eight students and one adult non-student appeared on stage in an adaptation of the hit Broadway musical created especially for middle school students. LaVilla’s production played to an almost full-capacity audience on the Saturday afternoon when we saw the play. The Broadway version debuted in 1997 and was based on Disney’s earlier animated film …

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BEFORE THE MUSIC DIED: LaVilla – ”The Great Black Way”

“West Ashley Street,” sang the in 1927, was the only place you could “ever lose these awful Jacksonville Blues.” That same year,  recorded a mysterious ragtime blues guitarist named playing “Ashley Street Blues,” with singing, “I’m a heartbroken woman with the Ashley Street Blues.”  recorded another version of “Jacksonville Blues” in 1928. She was “red hot” in Atlanta, she sang, “But the man I love lives down in Jacksonville.” West Ashley was the central thoroughfare for , a mostly black town after the , a slave plantation earlier in the 19th century, and during Jacksonville’s brutal Jim Crow years, one …

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Public Magnet School LaVilla School of the Arts Repulses Mediocrity

honors its location on hallowed ground once filled with musicians, artists, and countless performance venues hosting the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and so many others. Their middle school students transform the significance of this space into the inspiration for their own dreams, artistic and academic. Serving a diverse population of 1100 students from all over the city, LaVilla offers 9 arts areas in addition to excellent instruction in core academic areas of study. LaVilla has always been an “A” school since opening its doors in 2000. They have presented student performances all over the world and hosted world …

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LaVilla Discovering Rogue

LaVilla One Act Plays: Upon a Sea of Dreams & Discovering Rogue

The LaVilla School of the Arts presented two one-act plays as their annual Spring Production. The school does two major productions each year. Last fall, LaVilla did the musical School House Rock, which went on to the District Thespians and State Thespian Festival in Melbourne Florida. LaVilla is a magnet school with students from every corner of Duval county in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Many students continue their education at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts or Stanton College Prep. The first one-act was “UPON A SEA OF DREAMS” by Kathleen Donnelly which debuted in 2008 and is …

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