Tag Archives: Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA Jacksonville)

Spring Camps

ART, IMAGINATION, DISCOVERY March 16-20 Join Jacksonville educators for a dynamic art-making experience this spring break. Each class includes a tour followed by art projects based on the artist studied that day. Children in grades K-5 will learn about contemporary art and grow their visual vocabulary. Daily camp themes include March 16: All about Picasso; March 17: Contemporary realism; March 18: Rauschenberg to Oldenburg; March 19: Urban art and March 20: WHITE. 366-6911 [email protected] March 19 Families are invited to the unveiling of the goodies stored inside Imagination Playground. Bring your family and friends and let the kids create, explore, …

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Preston Haskell Gives $5M to MOCA Jacksonville Endowment

He said he hopes to inspire others to support the Museum’s future , a cultural resource of the , announced Tuesday that  is giving $5 million to the Museum’s endowment. This historically significant gift validates the vital role the Museum plays in the community and lays a foundation to ensure MOCA Jacksonville continues to be a thriving resource for future generations. Cultural institutions play an important role in creating a vibrant and engaged community. For any organization to have a sustained impact, it must have a healthy and right-sized endowment. This gift is an inspiring vote of confidence and a first step toward MOCA Jacksonville achieving …

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Nail Your New Year’s Resolution Down(town)

Whatever 2014 threw your way, a new year means new possibilities. It’s a chance to start something new, to be a better you. Maybe that’s why New Year’s resolutions are so popular. According to the all-knowing Wiki, about 40% of us make them. Whatever your ideas of self-improvement might be, Downtown Jacksonville will deliver. “In 2015, I will support the arts.” If you hashtagged in 2014, put your resolution where your quick-typing fingers are and spend time perusing ’s contemporary art, then pop over to the at . Take in a show at the historic or at the where you …

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14 Best Things of 2014

The 14 Best Things that Happened in Jacksonville in 2014

Now that it is possible to fully reflect on the year that was 2014 it is safe to say it was the most energized and productive 12 months seen in Jacksonville in decades! EU Jacksonville invites you to be inspired by our listing of the 14 Best Things of 2014. And by all means share your own opinion: if you think there is something monumental we overlooked, if you truly disagree that our choices are worthy or if you want to compliment us on our taste, please do so at our Facebook page. 14. Street Food Makes a Home in …

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MOCA Jacksonville leaders meet with Clay Yarborough

Jacksonville, Florida (Dec. 5, 2014) — At 3:15 p.m. Dec. 5, MOCA Jacksonville Board Chair  and Director and Chief Curator  met with City Council President , accompanied by his assistant, BeLinda Peeples. The conversation was amicable, and the dialogue was open and forthright. The  representatives reiterated information regarding the standards to which all Museum exhibitions are always held. MOCA representatives also explained why any compromise related to the current “” exhibition was not possible, as any such measures would, effectively, censor the exhibition. As such, the issue impacts not just MOCA, but the established rights of all artists, all cultural …

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Photo Gallery: #IStandWithMOCA Rally

#IStandWithMOCA Citizens rally behind the  at the December after Council President  threatened to pull funding over the display of a reclining nude. Turnout still filled the steps of City Hall, despite the fact that day was already won. The day before Art Walk, the Mayor’s office indicated that it is a violation of the 1st Amendment for our city government to determine the kind of art displayed, or to pull funding in order to control the art displayed.  Photos by Fran Ruchalski  

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ART IS NOT PORN

When City Council president  walked into the MOCA on November 25th, what he saw shocked him so much that he felt compelled to email the mayor’s office to insist that “you immediately cause to be pulled all funding designated for MOCA for the current fiscal year or otherwise explain how this will be addressed within 24 hours.” What he’d seen was a reclining nude, a staple of art for centuries. But when he looked, he didn’t see art—he saw pornography. Put a naked lady on the news, and there will inevitably be a black bar across her nipples, even if …

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MOCA Jacksonville – Downtown for the Holidays

MOCA Jacksonville has been through many changes over the last few decades, and has been in its current (and seemingly permanent) location across from  since 1999. The former Western Union Telegraph Building was built in the early 1930s, and its gorgeous Art Deco architecture was restored when the museum moved in. Together with the , the institution is a must-see downtown destination. There are still many in Jacksonville who haven’t made it to  yet, and those on the other side of the spectrum who are frequent visitors, but there’s something for everyone this holiday season. The current controversy abuzz (see …

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Change Keeps Downtown Fresh

Barroom conversations and threads among Jacksonville’s urban cultural creatives over the past years have abounded with pessimistic rants, open wishes, and pleading prayers for a more conscious, vibrant, and progressive city. Over the years, that energy has been randomly dispersed in grassroots campaigns and DIY-style events. A growing army of younger energy has single-handedly made it their mission to be the change they want our city to be. These individuals, typically operating on shoestring budgets, rely heavily on their networks, fans, and a hope and a prayer, to spark a notion in others that, “if we can dream it, we …

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2014 Spooks, Fun & Fall Festivals

Through Oct HAUNTED TRAILS Take a half-mile walking adventure through Apocalypse Alley, the Voodoo Gardens and the Old Spanish Trails Cemetery. Pass by the haunted house if you dare! Tours are held from 8-11pm every Thursday through Saturday during the month of October. Old Spanish Trail, 13535 W. Beaver Street, 257-9078, thehauntedtrails.net Thru Oct ZOMBIEFEST is a three-attraction event combining a haunted house with laser tag against live zombies, and a live zombie archery shoot out. Children must be 8 or older to play laser tag. The Haunted Laser Tag is rated PG, and Zombiefest is rated PG-13. Children ages …

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