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District 10 Jacksonville City Councilman Terrance Freeman appeared on First Coast Connect Thursday with guest host Charles Griggs.


On Thursday’s First Coast Connect we spoke with Ken Burns. The legendary filmmaker is in Jacksonville for a Thursday night screening and discussion panel of his latest documentary The Mayo Clinic Faith - Hope - Science at UNF (01:21).

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Fiorite sits with Women of Vision members at the Cummer on Friday, October 21st.
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Jacksonville’s Cummer Museum recently received a national, lifetime-achievement award for making its art accessible to people with disabilities.

London Elects Muslim Mayor

Reaction continues to pour in around the world at news that London has elected its first Muslim mayor.

Sadiq Khan, the London-born son of Pakistani immigrants, was elected last week by a wide margin after a campaign that saw his Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith accuse him of having shared platforms with Islamic extremists.

Riverside residents near the Cummer Museum's termite-infested Women’s Club Building might want to have their homes inspected for the wood devouring pests.

The nearly 100-year old structure is riddled with Formosan Subterranean Termites to such a degree that it will have to be torn down.

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New dining options continue popping up in Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood, with the latest restaurant HOBNOB, opening next week.


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A new Cummer exhibit is highlighting museum founder Ninah Cummer’s contribution to Jacksonville’s beauty.

Her vision is on display both inside the museum and in places like Riverside’s Memorial Park.

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The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

Jacksonville’s Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens has been promised $500,000 from the federal government — if it can raise $1.5 million more next year.

The National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant is meant to help the museum add programs.

In a written statement, Cummer Executive Director Hope McMath says the museum looks forward to putting on more programs like its previous exhibits on themes of race and history.

The museum is one of 15 recipients in the country and the only recipient in the state of Florida to have its proposal funded.

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The Cummer Museum is offering free admission this weekend to provide a place for reflection in the aftermath of Wednesday night’s mass shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Cummer spokeswoman Amber Sesnick says the museum’s featured exhibit is especially relevant to this week’s tragedy.

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Downtown Jacksonville’s public art is becoming more highbrow, thanks to a project bringing museum pieces out into the streets.

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is behind the project it’s calling Jax Outings.

On a recent afternoon, Kevin Talisman was walking down the Monroe Street sidewalk across from Hemming Park. When he sees it, he does a doubletake.

“I’ve walked here, and I’ve never even seen it before,” he says.

It’s on an off-white wall next to an alley.

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

Several recent blockbuster movies have told stories of Nazis’ stealing artwork and how difficult it’s been for paintings’ rightful owners to recover them after World War II.

The silver screen tale is playing out in real life in Jacksonville. Some items the Nazis stole ended up in the Cummer Museum. Last week, Cummer Curator Holly Keris shared her experiences at a New York University symposium on art crimes.

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Visitors to Jacksonville's Cummer Museum of Art may notice a new installation on the front lawn.  The pop-up public art piece is the creation of a Riverside artist who has plans for more.

The tall, aluminum sculpture comes from the studio of Dolf James, about a mile from the museum. The studio is spray-painted on the outside and filled with towering metal scraps on the inside.

Cultural Fusion

Several Jacksonville organizations are celebrating the St. Johns River through art.

The "Year of the River" is an ongoing initiative, and many arts and culture groups — including WJCT — are taking part.

Cultural Fusion is celebrating the St. Johns River all throughout 2015 as the "cultural current of our city" with an entire year of programming by more than 50 cultural and environmental institutions.

In an interview on "First Coast Connect," Hope McMath, director of the Cummer Museum, discussed some of the museums contributions to the project.

The Year of the River is the theme behind this year's Cultural Fusion collaborative bringing together over 50 institutions to raise awareness of the St. Johns River as the “cultural current” of the city. We speak with Jeff Smith, Cultural Fusion Administrator, Hope McNath, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens Director, Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns Riverkeeper, and studio artist Sarah Crooks Flaire.

Jacksonville City Council President Clay Yarborough delayed a final vote on pension reform legislation that was set for this week over what he says are new concerns that have recently surfaced about the deal. What to do about Jacksonville’s mounting pension debt has become a pressing financial problem and one that is playing a role in the city’s mayor’s race. We discuss Jacksonville’s pension issues with UNF president John Delaney and UNF criminologist Dr. Mick Hallett.