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.
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.
Each year, Arbus Magazine presents our Shop Local Gift Guide so that you can see what locally owned businesses are offering and be inspired to enjoy the adventure of in-person shopping. This year, many businesses are offering online or telephone purchases that can be brought to your car, making shopping safe.
Residents of Jacksonville have often used the word potential when describing our city’s downtown. Most would agree that such potential clearly remains unfulfilled after over 30 years of ambitious development proposals and flashy architectural renderings that have failed to materialize. A piecemeal approach to development projects and a lack of meaningful public involvement have also contributed to the blank canvas of undeveloped public lands that currently exists along our riverfront.
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.