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The 2020 Cultural Council Rolls Out the Arts Awards

The Cultural Council Virtual Arts Awards Will Include Violin Virtuoso Phillip Pan, a Caribbean Vacation and One-of-a-Kind Glass Wave Awards Cultural events are at a standstill but the 44th annual Cultural Council Awards is live-streaming ahead! A virtual fete re-imagined event will be showcased Sept. 2 at 7pm on the Cultural Council, WJCT, and Downtown Vision’s Facebook page and the Jesse Ball DuPont Center website. The theme of this year’s Arts Awards is “Bridges: Connecting Arts, Business, and Community” which highlights the inter-connectivity between the arts, business and community. Organizers shifted programming to a virtual format ahead of the pandemic …

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HOPE & HISTORY MURAL

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

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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Hope McMath with The Space Gallery Directors, Matthew and Laura Bennett // Photo by Francesco Salomoni

At the Intersection of Art and Activism

EVENT: A More Perfect Union: Explorations of Human Rights DATE: February 3 to February 28 VENUE: The Space Gallery (120 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202) MORE INFO: Facebook Event When curator lifted A More Perfect Union from the as the title of her latest exhibition project, she knew exactly what she was doing. “As a nation,” says McMath, “we haven’t even met the baseline of what’s been defined as ‘a perfect union.’ But that baseline kind of sucked.” Through the Union of 25 mixed-medium artists at in downtown Jacksonville, McMath aims to highlight the post-election conversation surrounding universal human rights. …

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LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience

The framework for the art showing at the ’s exhibition , left a lot of room for expression, giving artists the words and melody of the song ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’ as an inspiration. Director says that they asked the artists to “marry the message in that song with who you are, and how you are looking at our contemporary situation, around race, around equity, around inclusion, around brutality and hope.” “marry the message in that song with who you are, and how you are looking at our contemporary situation, around race, around equity, around inclusion, around brutality and …

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