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Signs of life: Arts are helping to drive Jacksonville's COVID recovery

Bob Self
Florida Times-Union
Theater patrons line up outside the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts to see the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" on Oct. 6, 2021.

The first night of October was unlike any downtown Jacksonville had seen in years.

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival was going on at two riverfront locations. "Hamilton" was playing at the Times-Union Center's Moran Theatre. The Jacksonville Symphony was playing across the hall, in the Jacoby Symphony Hall. Martin Lawrence was headlining a comedy show at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. AJR was playing at Daily's Place and the Little River Band and the Lords of 52nd Street were at the Florida Theatre.

"Every once in a while there’s a night you can see the present as well as the future of downtown clearly and it’s hard to ignore," said Numa Saisselin, president of the Florida Theatre. "There had to be 20 or 30,000 people downtown."

Read the rest of the story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.