Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

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With their search for an executive director ongoing, the board of directors for the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville (CCGJ) has decided to forego an interim director rather than appoint City Council candidate Michael Boylan.

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It’s National Suicide Prevention Week. On Wednesday’s First Coast Connect we talked about the suicide crisis among veterans and what is being done locally to combat it with Katherine Eicher, the lead suicide prevention coordinator for VA in North Florida and South Georgia and Daniel Henry, Public Information Officer for the region’s VA (01:10).

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

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we heard a review of Wednesday night’s GOP governor’s race debate with Director of Jacksonville University’s Public Policy Institute Rick Mullaney and FSCJ Political Science professor Daniel Cronrath (01:28).

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Monday’s First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk.

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinamen joined us to talk about the recent algal blooms that are threatening the health of the river and its wildlife (00:57).

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Tony Allegretti, who’s helmed the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville for the last four years, is stepping down to pursue a “significant opportunity” and “build on my family’s entrepreneurial endeavors.”

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This Thursday is the deadline for artists to apply to decorate part of downtown Jacksonville.

ICARE

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment (ICARE) members Pastor Bruce Havens of Arlington UCC Church and Pastor Tan Moss of Greater Grant Memorial AME Church about ICARE’s upcoming meeting regarding Jacksonville’s criminal justice system (01:14).

We spoke with author Maia Szalavitz who will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming 2018 Exchange Club Family Center Child Abuse Prevention Conference (28:19).

Cultural Council President Tony Allegretti and Lloyd Washington from the Durkeeville Historical Society told us about the upcoming LaVilla Jazz Festival (46:00).

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

A community to the Northwest of downtown Jacksonville is using public art to help rebrand itself and fight negative stereotypes.

Via University of North Florida

High school students will now have a new way to learn about the Civil Rights Movement with the help of a Jacksonville Eastside mural that is being created.

Lindsey Kilbride

The side of the Man Cave Barbershop building on the corner of A. Philip Randolph Boulevard and Pippin Street is covered with a geometric design of vivid colors, with seven faces painted over it. It’s called the “Locals and Legends” mural and one of two new art pieces in the area.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter Ben Conarck about his investigation into how visitors to Baker Correctional Institution are treated (01:02).

Ahead of his appearance in Jacksonville next week we heard from legendary Disney and Pixar animator Floyd Norman (27:46).

With World Glaucoma Week just ending we heard about some new treatments for sufferers with Florida Eye Specialists Dr. Kathryn Friedl and patient Carol Matthews (38:30).

Ahead of this weekend’s A Brush With Nature event at the Jacksonville Arboretum we spoke with painter Randy Pitts and Board Chair Patty Miller.

Kerry Speckman told us what’s coming up this weekend and next week in the world of entertainment.  (46:00)    

Haight Street Rat in gallery
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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.

Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” we heard about the documentary “Whose Streets?” and an upcoming panel discussion on the film with Director of African-American/African Diaspora studies at the University of North Florida Tru Leverette, former Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre, Jacksonville activist Diallou Sekou and event moderator Shelton Hull (00:58). Director of Development with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Ryan Ali and Gwen Gallagher Howard of the Jax Civic Orchestra talked about a grant from the PNC Foundation Arts Alive program awarded to four Jacksonville arts organizations (32:46), and travel blogger Judy Wells told us about affordable cruises (40:14)  


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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.


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