There has been great uncertainty across the world recently, where things many have previously taken for granted — health, food, financial security — are no longer as secure as they seemed, while those who were already experiencing hardship find themselves struggling more. With all this as a backdrop, the arts might seem like a low priority. I would counter that the arts are needed now more than ever, not only to help us reflect but also to provide moments of peace and respite in this ever-changing world.
The Jacksonville Symphony has announced its season line up for 2020-2021. The 20/21 season will be Music Director Courtney Lewis’ sixth leading the Jacksonville Symphony.
Ylva Rouse, Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA)
The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida is exploring the roles of metal objects in sustaining and enhancing life in African communities in the exhibition “Peace, Power and Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa.” The exhibition includes a diverse range of iron, brass, bronze, gold, copper, and silver works created by artists in sub-Saharan Africa between the 9th and 21st centuries.
With a name that alludes to a natural material, the fact that Gainesville-based craftsman Jason Straw works with the natural material of wood imbues his story with poetry and purpose.