Art Perspectives

Through Your Own Lens

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Through Your Own Lens

The latest exhibit brought to the public at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), “Through Your Own Lens,” features original, abstract, and mixed media paintings by Sara Conca (shown here), Keith Doles, Caitlin Flynn, Tiffany Manning, and Abbey Matthews.

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Jacksonville International Airport Outdoor Sculpture On Loan Program 

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Jacksonville International Airport Outdoor Sculpture On Loan Program 

The Jacksonville International Airport Arts Commission has developed two new 3D art exhibit spaces located at the north and south entrances to baggage claim at the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). The artwork shown here will rotate on an annual basis

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Magic, Mirth, and Mortality: Musings On Black Motherhood

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Magic, Mirth, and Mortality: Musings On Black Motherhood

Joy. Fear. Guilt. Generational connection. Grief. Deep love. These are only a few of the complex emotions experienced by all mothers. “Magic, Mirth, and Mortality: Musings on Black Motherhood” is an exhibition inspired by the lived experiences of writer, curator, community builder, wife, and mother Shawana Brooks.

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The Singing Policeman Opens Friday Musicale’s Season

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The Singing Policeman Opens Friday Musicale’s Season

Daniel Rodriguez, the Brooklyn born, now-retired police officer, helped bring the country an uplifting spirit of promise and hope with his stirring rendition of “God Bless America” after the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attack. Formal voice training began early, with Rodriguez’s first recital in Carnegie Hall at age 16. Singing has been his lifelong passion, however it didn’t always pay the bills. He worked at a series of jobs until joining the NYPD at age 30, where he became known as “The Singing Policeman.”

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Let The River Flow

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Let The River Flow

Beaches Fine Arts Series (BFAS) has received a New Music USA Project Grant to bring a unique cross-cultural music experience to our area. As one of 110 projects selected this year by New Music, BFAS will present The River with ETHEL and Native American flutist Robert Mirabal in a performance scheduled for mid-November. In an agreement with the National Park Service, The River will also be performed along the St. Johns River at the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, where local fourth-grade students will experience the show during historical field trips dedicated to the study of Native American culture

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Illuminate: The Lightner Museum’s Stained Glass Rediscovered Exhibition

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Illuminate: The Lightner Museum’s Stained Glass Rediscovered Exhibition

The Lightner Museum is thrilled to announce the opening of the “Illuminate: Lightner Museum’s Stained Glass Rediscovered” exhibition. Thanks to a generous donation from Inez McDonald, along with additional donations by the Treasury Venue Collection and the St. Augustine Historic Inns, 15 stained glass windows from the collection of Otto Lightner have been restored.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville Reopens

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville Reopens

The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA), a cultural institute of the University of North Florida, reopened on August 11. The new museum experience includes in-person tours as well as live virtual tours of exhibitions to be enjoyed safely at home, both led by the museum’s curatorial and education teams. Museum staff has developed a reopening plan focused on adhering to best practices outlined by national health organizations, while maintaining the integrity of the museum guest experience.

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Phase Eight Continues to Innovate

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Phase Eight Continues to Innovate

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Juilliard School graduate JaMario Stills founded the Phase Eight Theater Company with the mission to “push the boundaries of performance.” As audience members such as Claire Cimino attest, “[With] other theaters you go to see a show, but with Phase Eight you go to have an experience.” In February the experience was the immersive, gourmand play The Food of Love at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA). In March the company’s diverse ensemble devised a play in response to a Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens exhibit. Then the pandemic happened.

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Great Fire Run 

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Great Fire Run 

The Jacksonville Historical Society’s Great Fire Run of 2020 is a 5K and 1 Mile race that commemorates Jacksonville’s Great Fire, which occurred May 3, 1901 when a spark from a kitchen fire ignited piles of drying Spanish moss at a nearby mattress factory.

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8th Annual Jacksonville Dance Theatre in Concert

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8th Annual Jacksonville Dance Theatre in Concert

Jacksonville Dance Theatre (JDT), Jacksonville’s critically acclaimed professional modern dance company, presents its 8th annual repertory concert, made possible in part by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Florida State Department Division of Cultural Affairs, StageFUND, ruckus, and with generous support from the Florida Theatre. 

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