Cultural Council

Jacksonville Arts and Music School student Linnai of House Davis (Music) playing bass guitar.
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The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville will be giving $2,500 grants to six local organizations.

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Executive Director Joy Young speaking at the Times-Union Center.
Jihan Grant / Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is asking City Hall for more money as it explores how to help local artists and nonprofits deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the council itself is grappling with a $95,000 hole in its budget.

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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.


Jacksonville’s City Council voted this week to auction off a piece of art worth millions. The money will be split between a public art maintenance fund and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Haight Street Rat in gallery

Anonymous street artist Banksy’s Haight Street Rat will be on display in the Jax Makerspace Gallery at the Jacksonville Main Library from Feb. 14 – April 14.

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On Monday afternoon downtown, people were walking to and from their cars parked in the Water Street parking garage. The six-level building has bare walls, but that’s expected to change says Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Executive Director Tony Allegretti.

“It will likely be a combination of mural and some 3-D elements,” Allegretti said.


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.

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The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is accepting applications from artists and nonprofit organizations for grants up to $30,000.

The council’s SPARK Grant Program allows for the integration of arts and cultural projects throughout the SPARK District, an area within the urban core.

During an appearance on WJCT's “First Coast Connect,” the Cultural Council’s Executive Director Tony Allegretti talked about the SPARK Grant Program.

Courthouse exterior
City of Jacksonville

The city of Jacksonville is undertaking one of its largest-ever public art projects at the county courthouse downtown. The budget for adorning the new courthouse is nearly $900,000.

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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.

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Jacksonville artists may want to dust off their portfolios. That’s because the city’s Cultural Council is offering up nearly half a million dollars for public art projects downtown.

First, the council is now taking applications for a total of $70,000 in privately funded SPARK Grants, sponsored by Florida Blue.

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After the legalization of same-sex marriage in Florida, many family layers are predicting a boom in adoption by gay couples. We speak with Jacksonville family and marriage attorney Lawrence Datz.

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville executive director Tony Allegretti joins us with a preview of next week's talk by internationally renowned futurist Vito DiBari as part of the VyStar International Artist Lecture Series.

Tiffany Manning / Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

The Jacksonville City Council has approved plans aimed at drawing businesses and visitors Downtown. Yesterday, the Council voted 16-to-1 to set aside $2.5 million for the Downtown Investment Authority. A large chunk of that money is for public art.

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The photograph titled “Janine Eight Months Pregnant” is part of photographer Angela Strassheim's “Focused on Family” exhibit that is currently at the Museum of Contemporary Art and includes a nude pregnant woman reclining on a couch in the late afternoon sunlight.