By BILL BORTZFIELD WJCT
By: Jacksonville Business Journal
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is auctioning off 20 footballs painted by local artists and signed by Jaguars players as a way to raise money for grants, events and other purposes.
The idea is the brainchild of Adriel Rocha, a Cultural Council board member who is the Jaguars community relations manager: 20 footballs, dipped in white paint, were given to five local artists to decorate as they saw fit.
“Ranging from abstract to realism, each work specifically or figuratively represents our Jaguars team and our City,” said Cultural Council Executive Director Diana Donovan said in a statement. “The ARTS + Sports collaborative partnership showcases Jacksonville's creative economy, igniting a merger of artists and athletes, to bring a fresh perspective to a quality of life we all share, as well as a commitment to serving our city together as a team of equity driven placemakers.”
By Will Brown – Reporter, Jacksonville Business Journal
Diana Donovan is not from Northeast Florida, but the new executive director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville likes to say she is of Jacksonville.
The Jacksonville University alumna remained in the River City after graduating, first working at her alma mater, then transitioning to former Mayor Alvin Brown’s administration. Last fall, she went from serving on the Cultural Council’s board to becoming its interim executive director following the departure of Joy Young. In March, she was promoted to Executive Director.
Donovan discussed her new role with the Business Journal. The conversation was edited for clarity and context.
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In celebration of the upcoming NFL Draft and the Jaguars' historic selection of the first overall pick, the team has joined together with local artists to commission one-of-a-kind painted footballs commemorating the occasion. Fans can now visit the online auction site (https://betterunite.com/moreartculture) to bid on their favorite football with proceeds benefiting the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. The balls will also be on display on Thursday night at the team's draft celebration at TIAA Bank Field.
First Coast Living Interview with Mike Prangley
Diana Donovan, newly appointed Executive Director, and Board Chair, Jannet-Walker-Ford discuss the future of the Cultural Council and the relationship to Jacksonville.
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Cultural Center Chief
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville has a new executive director, and it’s a move up from a temporary position to the permanent leader for Diana Donovan.
Donovan was appointed interim director of the organization in September. She had served on the board of directors for the Cultural Council before that. But Donovan’s leadership in the interim position was working out so well; the organization decided to make the post permanent for her.
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Jacksonville Buzz interview with Diana Donovan, interim executive director, and host, Adrienne Houghton about the Cultural Council and the ARTSee & Shop Gallery
Each week on “Jacksonville Buzz,” our hosts sit down with some of the brightest and most entertaining guests you can find on the First Coast to discuss what’s buzzing in the Bold City. Our hosts Adrienne Houghton and Susan St.Denis are a delight to watch, treating viewers to fascinating guests, laugh-till-you-cry moments and insider tips on enhancing every aspect of your life on the First Coast. Today, Adrienne and Susan talk with Danielle & Ian Cleary from Heartspace Art, and Diana Donovan from the Cultural Council.
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