The Community First Cares Foundation and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville announced the five recipients of individual artist grants at May 3rd’s Downtown Jacksonville Art Walk at The Florida Theatre. The grants, eligible for all artists in the five-county Northeast Florida area, were part of a foundation sponsored all-day artist professional development workshop hosted by the Cultural Council that was held in March this year. The grants are $1,000 for each artist in a variety of mediums. Grant recipients are listed below.
“We are honored to make this grant presentation to new and emerging artist as well as established artists working on community arts projects,” said John Hirabayashi, CEO and president of Community First Credit Union. “It was a very competitive process and these artists stand out as innovators in our arts and culture community.”
Individual Artist Grant Recipients
Matt Colaciello – Documentarian
Matt Colaciello is a documentarian who uses film as a platform to showcase environmental and social issues from around the world. Colaciello then brings dynamic multimedia presentations and workshops to schools, giving students the opportunity to learn about life around the world and relate to their peers in other countries.
Roxanna Lewis – Choreographer
Roxanna Lewis is a choreographer who was accepted into the 74th International Choreographers’ Showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. The work Lewis will present at the Fringe Festival is titled “STRING THEORY,” which is currently in production. The project utilizes local, national, and international talent.
Mary Lewis – Language Artist
Mary Lewis taught language arts at Stanton College Preparatory School for 25 years. She is now retired and studying art at the University of North Florida. Lewis will organize a workshop for Jacksonville’s youth at The Art Center Cooperative, in which students will create visual responses to James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Hilly Bodin – Dancer
Hilly Bodin takes dance out of its regular context inside a theatre or on a stage and uses a city’s urban and natural landscape as a backdrop to her performances. Bodin sees it as her obligation to use dance to educate and illustrate the abundance of Jacksonville’s history, wildlife, and natural landscapes.
Christopher Clark – Visual Artist
Christopher Clark is a visual artist whose objective is to represent his community through his body of work. Clark recently finished his debut children’s book, titled “Glonda’s Hair.” The main character in the book was inspired by Clark’s daughter. Clark uses the book as a teaching tool, encouraging young girls to embrace their natural looks and celebrate their individual beauty.
The Community First Cares Foundation, founded by Community First Credit Union, is a non-profit community foundation that grants funds to improve the quality of life in North Florida. The foundation supports activities to improve financial literacy, enhance the quality of our educational system, upgrade the health and welfare of our community and help underserved citizens. The Community First Cares Foundation makes contributions to nonprofit organizations that serve the communities on the First Coast. For more information, visit www.CommunityFirstCares.org or call 904-371-8090.
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville champions the appreciation, relevance and expression of art and culture. The Council stewards the appropriation to the arts, contributes to economic vitality through art and culture initiatives, and leads advocacy efforts to demonstrate the impact and significance of culture in the community. The Cultural Council is sponsored in part by the City of Jacksonville and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
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