Through Murals and Events, Virtually and In-Person
There's an impressive array of murals and mosaics that focus on well-known events and Black residents of Jax, both past and present, visible all over town. This year, Art Republic’s Lift Every Voice project created murals that almost exclusively represented Jacksonville’s African American heritage. And, the addition of the Black Mural Map website is a wonderful guide to all the incredible murals that can be seen on the sides of buildings, towers, and fences downtown and in the surrounding areas of the community.
The word’s getting out. Jacksonville is a city full of art and culture, and publications all over town are writing about it.
In the last year, there has been an explosion of public art in Jacksonville and its finally starting to get the attention it deserves. Beyond our wonderful arts and business magazine, ARBUS, and publications such as EU Magazine and Folio Weekly, who are known for highlighting events going on in the city, there’s been a lot of buzz going on, lately, in other newspapers.
The new mural at Don’t Miss a Beat is a bright and beautiful declaration of the transformative power of the arts. It’s beautifully set against the backdrop of trees at Woodstock Park and surrounded by neighborhoods where exposure to the arts is not easily accessible, to say the least.
If you’ve driven down Arlington Expressway, recently, you probably noticed the expansive mural that now sits on the far end of the old Town and Country shopping center.
The shopping center, renamed College Park, was purchased by JWB Real Estate Capital and is part of their inspiring culture of giving back, by investing in areas that others have forgotten.