After a long wait, and during one of the most challenging years in our history, downtown Jacksonville saw the completion, installation, and illumination of the highly anticipated and iconic mixed-media sculpture “Emergence.”
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.
Ten years in the making, Wayne W. Wood’s latest historical undertaking is more than the sum of its 400-plus pages and 200-plus photos, and so much more than what is implied by its title: LIFE: The Untold Story of Charles Adrian Pillars.
Before COVID-19 shut down businesses and curtailed social gatherings in Northeast Florida last March, singer/songwriter Mike Shackelford was performing live five nights a week at Brucci’s, Mezza Luna, and Mudville Grille. Pianist Gina Martinelli had recently started a nightly gig at Santioni’s. Guitarist Arvid Smith and soul singer Mama Blue engaged with large and small audiences at public events. And the Jacksonville Symphony filled its music hall.
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.
For ten years the art of healing has been on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA). Each year young patients at area hospitals have seen their artwork on museum walls, thanks to the partnership between MOCA and the extraordinary nonprofit Art With a Heart in Healthcare (AWAHIH).