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.

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, the art world still is reeling from the effects of Nazi looting of artworks and other cultural property.

Courtesy of Brendan O'Connell

Described as "Walmart's Warhol" and "America's Brand Painter," fine artist Brendan O’Connell is renowned for his work that features the aisles and products of America’s most popular interior space.

Mark Surman / Flickr

Comedy, Congress and a water party are some of the events happening this weekend on the First Coast.

Norman Studios

One of the most controversial films of 1914 was shot in Jacksonville and St. Augustine.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

If you’re dying to get away this summer, maybe for a just-the-girls getaway weekend, there are some great options right in our area that are close by and chock full of tempting amenities.

Al Madrigal / Facebook

He has built a big following as a The Daily Show's "Senior Latino Correspondent," and now is your chance to catch Al Madrigal's live.

Street art, Michael Fortunato, and Harry Potter are in the headlines today.

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Well events are going on all this month to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Fort Caroline in Jacksonville.

Melissa Ross / WJCT

The case of the artist known as Keith Haring's Ghost, who was arrested for painting utility boxes in Jacksonville, was resolved on Monday without a conviction according to his attorney.

Comedy, storefront art, and one big country music concert are what's happening this weekend on the First Coast.

Warren Miller

Roseann Egidio is an artist who worked at New York City ad agencies and paints in watercolors.


After some questions regarding permitting, this month’s Historic Main Street cruise in Springfield is back on thanks to the efforts of Mayor Alvin Brown's office.

La Caroline: A Rock Opera by Jennifer Chase and John E. Citrone / Facebook

In the rock opera La Caroline, Jacksonville playwright Jenn Chase’s rock uncovers the French, Timucuan and Spanish lives that converged at Ft. Caroline in 1564 to make Northeast Florida what it is today.

State of the Re:Union, the public radio program created and hosted by Jacksonville artist Al Letson and presented by WJCT, has won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for the second year in a row.

The Dover Quartet / Facebook

Last fall, the Dover Quartet won not only the grand prize, but all three special prizes at the Banff International String Quartet Competition.