Art & Culture

Lift Every Voice Through the Power of Art

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Lift Every Voice Through the Power of Art

In 2015 ArtRepublic put forth a five-year plan to show Jacksonville how the power of world-class public art could engage the community and spawn economic development. ArtRepublic’s founder and CEO, Jessica Santiago, partnered with the private sector to create a massive transformation to downtown Jacksonville through annual productions of high-quality public art, events, and exhibitions.

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The Mural Issue: Pedestrian-friendly Maps

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The Mural Issue: Pedestrian-friendly Maps

Take in Jacksonville’s outdoor galleries using our pedestrian-friendly neighborhood maps. Five maps in total will show you where to find murals in Downtown; Brooklyn/Riverside; Avondale/Murray Hill; Eastside/LaVilla/Springfield; and San Marco.

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American Impressionism

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American Impressionism

Works by leading American painters in the late-19th and early-20th century, including Robert Henri, George Inness, George Luks, Gari Melchers, John Sloan, John Twachtman, and J. Alden Weir.

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Artful Business

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Artful Business

Scratch a great collection of art and you will find a grand mélange of situation, opportunity, passion, and competition to rival any soap opera, with plot lines to intrigue and personalities to love, hate, loathe, or admire. Royals and the royally rich may get the most attention but none of it would have happened without businessmen and women. In Russia you find them all.

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The Show Must Go On

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The Show Must Go On

This year has called upon administrators, teachers, and students alike to be innovative, creative, and adaptive—three things that are embedded in the arts. It is no surprise that these schools are rising to the challenge with open minds and a great deal of panache.

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A Creative Continuum

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A Creative Continuum

Thirty years ago, in 1990, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida saw the fruits of their fundraising efforts blossom into its first Art Ventures grants.

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An Artistic Love Affair with an Old Town

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An Artistic Love Affair with an Old Town

So much has been written about the history of St. Augustine and its native peoples; Spanish, French, and English explorers and settlers; entrepreneurs; pirates; and pioneers. The history of the arts and the people who have lived here and painted here is also noteworthy.

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A Refuge On Florida’s Forgotten Coast

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A Refuge On Florida’s Forgotten Coast

Spread across Apalachee Bay, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), consisting of 68,000 acres, was established in 1931 as a wintering ground for migratory birds. Most of the roads, ponds, and levees in this refuge were originally built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), part of Roosevelt’s New Deal after the Great Depression. The ponds and impoundments range from fresh water to salt, accommodating the many species of migratory birds passing through Florida’s Big Bend.

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Art As Action

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Art As Action

In March, 2020, the world changed. Here in the United States, along with elsewhere across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down businesses, schools, and even natural spaces like beaches and parks. With the exception of healthcare and other essential workers, most of us hunkered down and lived our lives moving very little and in small orbits. But, traumatic events were still unfolding as spring turned to summer, and new tragedies of racial injustice took place that sparked a surge in protests for equity. Within this swirl of inaction meeting action, artists everywhere were commenting on the times just as they have historically done.

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The Critical Importance of Philanthropic Support and Participation in the Arts as an Investment

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The Critical Importance of Philanthropic Support and Participation in the Arts as an Investment

Art museums are community anchors. They bring people together, help the community address challenges in times of crisis, and serve as beacons of light and hope that provide connection and conversation.

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens began with one woman who firmly believed that art, in all forms, provides a lasting and positive impact on society. Nearly 60 years later, the museum continues to promote Ninah Cummer’s legacy by connecting Jacksonville’s diverse community to the arts and each other.

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