What had been a graffiti-stained brick wall in downtown Tallahassee has become a giant canvas to celebrate three female Floridians of note. A community recognition took place Friday, Aug. 27 for the "Project Daring" mural. Painter Olivia Barattini was the creation's primary artist. Although not really an experienced muralist, she said she jumped at the chance when she learned the Junior League of Tallahassee had such a project in mind.

Artist and Congregation Ahavath temple member Clifford Buckley poses with "Ebb & Flow."
Congregation Ahavath Chesed

A local synagogue has unveiled "Ebb & Flow," a new 3D origami mural made of 5,640 pieces of paper.

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Theatre Jacksonville announced Friday it will soon be resuming in-person stage productions for the first time since going virtual during the pandemic.

Lowell Milken Center For Unsung Heroes

An eighth grader at LaVilla School for the Arts has won Middle School Best-In-Show in an international art competition.

Jacksonville Symphony performs in masks

The Jacksonville Symphony has received a $1 million gift from the Michael Ward and Jennifer Glock Foundation. 

Woodbine, Georgia At The Center Of A New Podcast

Apr 19, 2021
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A new podcast called “Stay Away From Matthew Magill” from production house Pineapple Street Media is set in the Jacksonville area and tells the story of a mysterious box left behind when a strange man dies in the small town of Woodbine, Georgia. 

Violinist Midori
Provided by the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

A world-renowned musician is coming to Fernandina Beach as part of Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival’s 20th season.

Masks will continue to be required at the Florida Theatre for the foreseeable future.
Florida Theatre

Now that Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has lifted Duval County’s mask mandate, the question becomes: what’s next?

Jacksonville-based muralist Jason Tetlak poses with his latest art project.

A new Jason Tetlak mural is on display in Riverside, greeting Fuller Warren Bridge motorists as they cross the St. Johns River.

Tuesday, Sept. 1, entertainment and arts venues across the country, including several on the First Coast, will be lighting up the night in red to call attention to their financial plight and advocate for economic relief from damage caused by the pandemic.

Like so many arts organizations, The Sarasota Orchestra has had to navigate the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. It canceled the remainder of its 2019-2020 season in early April and put the search for a new music director on hold.

CEO Joe McKenna said this isn't like hurricane season, which has a degree of predictability.

MOCA Jacksonville is reopening on a limited basis.
Julianne Dragunat / Via MOCA Jacksonville

MOCA Jacksonville’s management has taken a slow, cautious approach to its reopening, which kicks off Tuesday, August 11.

Visit Jacksonville

The Florida Theatre's management has decided the perfect time to get some renovation work out of the way is now, while it is closed due to COVID-19.


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

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MOCA Jacksonville’s new Project Atrium installation by artist Evan Roth is called Since You Were Born. And, it’s larger than life.

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

Florida Times-Union photojournalist Bob Self is getting a grant to print and frame pictures he took in Jacksonville’s LaVilla neighborhood before its mostly-black residents were displaced and most of its historic buildings were bulldozed in the mid-90s.

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A set of vacant warehouses in Jacksonville’s Springfield neighborhood is being transformed into an arts school and walkable arts district.


Thirty four years ago, Jacksonville police arrested Springfield resident Ottis Toole for arson. In the months that followed, Toole confessed to being one half of a murderous duo responsible for more than 100 brutal slayings across the Southeast.

Though Toole’s involvement in some crimes was confirmed, others were called into question as the years wore on.

Now, the mystery surrounding one of the city’s most notorious serial killers is being adapted as a stage play after a Jacksonville professor turned it into a novel.  The “Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic” runs through Sunday at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

PLAYERS Championship Leadership

We broadcast live from the third day of the 2016 PLAYERS Championship.

Matt Rapp, executive director of The PLAYERS, and Michele McManamon, tournament chairman, join us with a look at what's new this year and everything that goes into making the tournament happen.

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For the first time, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is handing over its instruments to amateurs for a “Civic Orchestra” show premiering Saturday.

One of those lucky “civilian musicians” is Nathan Perriello.

Rypkema and crowd
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Bridge Eight is a literary magazine published in Jacksonville. It’s picking up a following as its second-ever issue hits stands this month. The magazine is part of a growing literary movement springing up from a Riverside writers’ community.

Cathedral Arts Project

Jacksonville’s Cathedral Arts Project has won a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The initiative partners with Duval County Schools and several private organizations to provide arts education in public schools.

The Collective Impact Grant is one of eight awarded nationwide.

In her grant application video, Cathedral Arts President Kimberly Hyatt touted the program’s success since it began in 2013.

FSCJ President Cynthia Bioteau

Florida State College at Jacksonville is marking its 50th anniversary this year, as well as the first year of the school's new president, Dr. Cynthia Bioteau. We speak with Bioteau about what's in store for FSCJ, and get her reaction to President Barack Obama's recent call for two years of free community college for American students.

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A statue that has resided in St. Augustine for more than 150 years may help shed light on the history of some of the First Coast’s earliest residents, and why some believe the area tends to stay unscathed by hurricanes.

Street art, medical marijuana, Springfield, and Hemming Plaza were among our top stories this week.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

The mystery artist behind local utility box graffiti fashioned after the late artist Keith Haring has been unmasked and arrested.

Tuesday afternoon, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office nabbed Kevin "Chip" Southworth for allegedly tagging nearly a dozen boxes throughout the city with the bright, faceless images made famous by Haring.

Between August 15 and December 29 of 2013, 11 different traffic control boxes owned and maintained by the city were spray painted with graffiti, incurring more than $1,100 in property damage, according to a Facebook post by the Sheriff’s Office.

Douglas Anderson Schools of the Arts

It's a best of the best showcase—some of the most talented teens in town will show off their skills this weekend at Extravaganza, the annual student showcase from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

"Everything from song and dance, to visual arts, to spoken word and more is part of the show," said Jeff Clayton, Douglas Anderson Vocal Chair.  

This annual showcase is a signature event for the school. It's set for Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Times-Union Center's Moran Theater.

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville has a new executive director.

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The nonprofit Patrons of the Hearts was founded after a First Coast couple came back from a medical mission trip to Kenya back in 2005.

It was an eye-opening experience into the lack of access many of the world’s children suffer when it comes to medical care.

Jacksonville physician Dr. Jose Ettedgui decided that rather than taking pediatric cardiology to the world’s kids his family would bring the world’s kids to Jacksonville. 

Social media was abuzz this week with photographer Hannah Price's portraits of men who catcalled her on the street. We first saw the story on The Morning News, where Price was briefly interviewed. We wanted to indulge our curiosity about Price and her work, so we decided to give her a call.

Price's remarks from our interview are below, but first, some background.