The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s State of the Arts 2017 luncheon will take place from 11:30 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, at the Jesse Ball duPont Center, 40 E. Adams St. Lily Yeh — known as the Barefoot Artist — will be keynote speaker. A native of Taiwan, Yeh moved to the United States in 1963 and has served as a change agent, community building through the arts.
The luncheon will also include an announcement of more than $65,000 2017 PNC Arts Alive Grants to Jacksonville arts organization, as well as year-in-review updates from the Cultural Council.
This year the luncheon will be preceded by a panel discussion at 9 a.m. at the JAX Chamber headquarters, 3 Independent Drive, during which Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, Florida Secretary of State Ken Dentzner, JAX Chamber president and CEO Daniel Davis and Sandy Shaughnessy, Director of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, will talk about the economic impact of the arts on Jacksonville.
Then from 1:15 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Kristi Aiello, Florida Blue’s Market Development and Community Engagement Manager, will lead a panel discussion on “Activating Art Partnerships & The Private Sector at Jesse Ball duPont Center,” at the duPont Center. A reception will follow from 3 to 5 p.m. at Hyperion Brewing Company, 1740 Main St.
Tickets, which are $45 for the luncheon, the afternoon panel discussion and the reception, and $55 for all events including the morning session, can be purchased at bit.ly/2uhc5nK.
Historical Society seeking photos
The Jacksonville Historical Society is seeking high-resolution photographs “celebrating Duval County life through a place, an event, the city’s people, the city’s history and architecture, the area’s social or cultural life, or a combination of these categories, including photos of every day life.” The contest, “Jacksonville Through the Lens,” is being underwritten by William H. Jeter and Deanne M. Clark. There will be a $1,000 grand prize, other cash prizes and an exhibit of the winning photographs planned for the fall.
The deadline for entries has been extended. Photos must have been taken between Aug. 1, 2016, and Aug. 22, 2017. All submitted images will become part of the permanent collection of the Jacksonville Historical Society Archives. Detailed contest rules and required application forms are available at www.jaxhistory.org. For more information, call (904) 665-0064.
‘Mediterranea’ opens at Cummer
“Mediterranea: American Art from the Graham D. Williford Collection” opens Tuesday at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. The exhibit, which will continue through Feb. 4, features paintings and works on paper by George Peter Alexander Healy (1813-1894), William Merritt Chase (1894-1916), Frank Duveneck (1894-1919) and Theodore Robinson (1852-1896). The exhibit looks at how American artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries captured the distinctiveness of the Mediterranean region.
‘Avenue Q’ on Amelia Island
“Avenue Q,” the R rated Tony Award-winning musical comedy, opens Thursday at the Amelia Community Theatre, 207 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday through August 26, with performances at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 20, and 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 23. Tickets, which are $25 for adults and $15 for students, can be purchased at ameliacommunitytheatre.org or by calling (904) 261-6749.
‘The Call’ at 5 & Dime
Tanya Barfield’s “The Call,” a drama about a white couple planning to adopt an African child, opens Friday at the 5 & Dime, 112 E. Adams St. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through August 26. Tickets are $25 at the door, $22 if purchased online or $17 if purchased online before Thursday. Go to bit.ly/2vtgiJS to purchase tickets.
‘Wizard of Oz’ at Conservatory
“The Wizard of Oz” opens Friday at the Northeast Florida Conservatory, 11363 San Jose Blvd., bldg. 200. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through August 20. Tickets, which are $20, can be purchased at bit.ly/2vpjtBy.
MOSH gets PNC grant
The Little Learners program at the Museum of Science & History has been awarded a $7,500 Grow Up Great grant from PNC. Little Learners is a monthly program introducing children five and under to a variety of science and technology topics.
Lightner launches membership drive
The Lightner Museum in St. Augustine is launching its first museum membership program featuring a special promotion for the “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” exhibit, scheduled for Oct. 4 through Jan 7. Membership costs $100 and includes two free “fast pass” tickets to “Dressing Downton,” free general admission plus a 25 percent discount for up to four guests per visit, a 10 percent discount in the museum store and a 10 percent discount for lunch at the Cafe Alcazar. “Fast Pass” tickets” allow immediate entry to the exhibit without a reservation.
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