Art & Culture

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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The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville: Vital to the Survival of the Arts During the Pandemic

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The Cultural Council of  Greater Jacksonville: Vital to the Survival of the Arts During the Pandemic

A conversation with Cultural Council Executive Director Joy Young

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The ‘Swan Dive’ Mural

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The ‘Swan Dive’ Mural

In life there are certain times of mastery, when elements, people, and events conspire together to create magical intersectionality. It happened, ironically, during the COVID-19 quarantine, when people were more physically apart than together, more disconnected than connected, and with more time on their idle hands and seemingly nothing to do with it. 

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House of Arts

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House of Arts

An artist is defined by Merriam-Webster as “one who professes and practices an imaginative art.” YourDictionary adds that an artist produces a creative product. “There are few companies as art-driven as we are in Jacksonville,” says John Wood, founder and CEO of Sally Industries, now known as Sally Dark Rides.

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How Design Will Shape a Post Pandemic Future

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How Design Will Shape a Post Pandemic Future

Since the worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed systemic changes to our behavior and how we interact with one other. These new norms present challenges in how we approach the design of spaces. All the places we take for granted today, such as restaurants, shops, malls, offices, churches, hotels, and bars may look differently in the future. 

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Coin Artists — America’s Storytellers

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Coin Artists — America’s Storytellers

Local artist Matt Swaim is chosen for the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program

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The Ultimate Collection of “Selfies” by America’s Leading Artists, 1901 – 2015

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The Ultimate Collection of “Selfies” by America’s Leading Artists, 1901 – 2015

Eye to I: Self Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery visits the Boca Raton Museum of Art

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St. Augustine: A Cultural Tapestry

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St. Augustine: A Cultural Tapestry

St. Augustine is a treasure trove of arts, culture and heritage woven together in a fine and colorful tapestry. Traveling just thirty minutes from Jacksonville, you are transported in both time and place, far from the hustle and stress of digital life.

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An Affinity for Oysters

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An Affinity for Oysters

Oysters have played an important role in human civilization for thousands of years, even here in Northeast Florida. When the first Europeans arrived along the First Coast in the 1500s, oysters were already a substantial part of the diet enjoyed by local Timucua. Evidence is clearly visible in the remarkable number of oyster middens (large mounds of discarded oyster shells) that dot the coastline. 

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