By Alex Wilson – Reporter, Jacksonville Business Journal
Jun 1, 2020, 2:23pm EDT
As Jacksonville slowly works its way towards a new normal, many artistic and cultural organizations – such as museums and theatres – remain shuttered to the public.
With an increasingly uncertain future, the Jacksonville Business Journal spoke with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s executive director, Joy Young, to see just what the situation looks like for both the Cultural Council and the arts community at large – and what the future might hold.
What is the situation for artists and the art community right now?
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, May 18, 2020 – The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville 44th Annual Arts awards is scheduled for September 2, 2020. The theme for this year’s event is “Bridges: Connecting Arts, Business and Community”. To work within the unknowns of the current public health and social climate, they have planned an exciting hybrid event that will combine videos and interactive streaming for a virtual Arts Awards event that can’t be missed.
“Moving forward with this reimagined Arts Awards will actually allow us to acknowledge the extraordinary individuals and businesses who are advocates and champions of arts and culture in our city to a much broader audience", commented Jannet Walker-Ford, Cultural Council Chair.
First Coast's arts community facing over $1 million loss, thousands of layoffs- Jacksonville Business Journal
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville will be giving $2,500 grants to six local organizations.
The board voted virtually on Thursday to approve the Cultural Service Program Grants for AVANT, the Jacksonville Arts and Music School, Riverside Avondale Preservation, the San Marco Chamber Music Society, and two theater companies: Stage Aurora and The 5 & Dime.But that left a good chunk of money available for other cultural organizations.
One segment of the economy that’s been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis is the arts. Joy Young, CEO of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, appeared on Tuesday’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross.
In an inspired arts and business collaboration, born just in time for locally-focused holiday gift-giving, Manifest Distilling has released the Commedia Dell’Arte Artist Collector’s Series.
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
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Jacksonville, FL 32202
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