arts and culture

tree down in a yard
David Luckin / WJCT

Friday on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, our panel of journalists on the Media Roundtable looked at the top stories of the week, including:

Exterior of Jacksonville City Hall.
Joslyn Simmons / WJCT

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is asking the city to increase its investment in arts and culture by more than $1 million. 

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

A wide variety of First Coast cultural and entertainment attractions are teaming up to offer kids free admission during the month of November.

Ennis Davis / Modern Cities

At Jacksonville’s annual State of the Arts event Wednesday, the economics of culture took center stage as a new national study finds investing in artists is good business in Florida.


Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville via Facebook

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is taking a new census of artists and arts professionals in Northeast Florida.

Karen Feagins

Jacksonville visual and performing-arts organizations are invited to apply for grants to increase access to underserved audiences.

The PNC Foundation Arts Alive program will award over $500,000 to nonprofits in Duval, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Applications are due July 15.

JHill on golf cart
Taylor Johnson / WJCT News

A new service is offering historical and cultural tours of downtown Jacksonville.

On Friday, founder Sherry JHill narrated from the front seat of a street-legal golf cart the history and culture passing by.

She’s calling these rides Zip Tours.

JHill says today’s tour is the result of a serendipitous meeting during One Spark with the carts’ owner, Bill Guerrant. 

“And within 30 days, we’ve launched a rolling history tour in downtown. And I am just so happy that we were able to put this together,” says JHill.  

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

The creative sector’s economic impact in Northeast Florida is more than $2 billion dollars a year. That figure comes from a study by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.  It shows 27,000 people are working in creative fields in the seven-county area.

From 2010 to 2013, creative-industry jobs grew 6 percent. Sound engineering showed the most growth, up 32 percent. And the profession employing the most people is photography, with more than 3,200 working in the field.

Sculpture Walk Jax Coming To Main Street Park

Aug 7, 2014
Sculpture Walk Jacksonville

A sculpture park is expected to liven up Downtown Jacksonville in early September. The exhibit includes 16 works, 13 of which to be displayed in Main Street park.

National Endowment for the Humanities

President Obama recently awarded Krista Tippett, host of the public radio program "On Being," with the National Humanities Medal.

Stephen Jones / The Square

WJCT is debuting a new programming concept both online and on television that shines a spotlight on this area’s amazing local talent.

Al Letson / Kickstarter

Acclaimed storyteller, performer and creator of the national award-winning Jacksonville-based public radio program State of the Re:Union, Al Letson is a man of many talents.

5&Dime Theate Company

When does an inquiry become an obsession?

RENT — the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning musical story of falling in love, finding your voice and living for today — is being staged in Jacksonville.

Michael Cavendish

Puss ‘N Boots, Rose, Where Did You Get That Red? and Santa Claus Mystery.

These are just a few of the books challenged in Duval County Public Schools over the years due their questionable content.

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