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First Coast Connect

Reeling from arts cutbacks; celebrating artist Augusta Savage

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ surprise veto of all state grant funding for arts and culture organizations stunned the First Coast creative community. We look at how they’re responding and what it means for their future.


Then, we talk to art historian Dr. Jeffreen M. Hayes and filmmakers Sandy Rattley and Charlotte Mangin about their new documentary, Searching for Augusta Savage. The film, which premieres at WJCT Studios on Saturday, explores the life and legacy of artist, educator and First Coast native Augusta Savage. More information is available here.

Plus — celebrating July Fourth in a celestial way. Our favorite spaceman tells us about the supernova that created the mysterious crab nebula.


  • Eddie Whisler, director of the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium at MOSH.
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Anne Schindler joined WJCT News 89.9 as host of First Coast Connect in October 2023, after nearly three decades in Jacksonville print and television. Anne has worked in the Jacksonville media market since 1995, first as a reporter for the original Folio Weekly, then as the publication’s editor-in-chief from 2002 until her departure. In 2012, Anne transitioned to television as executive producer of special projects for First Coast News, Northeast Florida’s NBC and ABC affiliates. You can reach Anne at <a href=""></a>.