Head Of Jacksonville's Cultural Council Wants To See More Value Attached To The Arts

May 8, 2019

The new president of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville has been on the job for 100 days now.

Joy Young is a trained vocalist who headed the South Carolina Arts Commission before coming to the First Coast.

Young said Wednesday on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross that the arts gave her the opportunity to succeed.

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She expressed her hope for the same positive outcome in Jacksonville.

“My own vision is for arts and culture and creativity in Jacksonville to be valued, to be funded and recognized for both its social and its economic impact in our lives, in our communities and in our schools.  We want to grow Jacksonville and arts and culture are central to that,” said Young.

One of her goals is to develop public-private partnerships that will put more art in public spaces around the city.

The full interview with Young is on Tuesday's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross.

Contact reporter Cyd Hoskinson at choskinson@wjct.org, 904-358-6351 and on Twitter at @cydwjctnews.