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Finalist in the National Park Foundation's Find your Park Centennial Awareness Competition

Stacey Sather's Photography submission featuring the Castillo de San Marcos has been chosen as a finalist in this outstanding competition. As the winner, the Castillo de San Marcos will receive national news coverage, encouraging tourists to visit our humble town.
 Click here & Search "Stacey" to cast your vote!
Vote daily and share the link on Facebook.
OCTOBER 16, 2015 AT 6PM ET

Cuba's leading preservationist to Speak at Flagler College
Sunday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. in Lewis Auditorium

 Free and open to the public.  
Dr. Eusebio Leal, Cuba's leading preservationist who is lauded for saving the country's Habana Vieja district, will give a talk on his lifelong endeavors.

Have an Outstanding Student with a Disability that Should be Recognized for Their Work In or Through the Arts?
VSA Florida Accepting Nominations Now!!

VSA Florida Student of the Month Recognition Program  

Students who participate in the arts develop creativity, have increased self-confidence, understand teamwork, have increased language and math skills and are generally more engaged. It's time to endorse this understanding, recognizing students monthly through this statewide program.
If you made a nomination last year and your student wasn't selected...try again! 
VSA Florida invites you to take this EASY opportunity to recognize a student who exemplifies outstanding work in and through the arts. To Learn More Click Here!

Check out our newly designed St. Johns Cultural Council Website!

St. Johns County Artists wanted to fill Artist Directory 
The St. Johns Cultural Council is making it easy to be found! Add yourself, no matter what genre, to our growing population of artists throughout the county.
It's free, easy and accessible to many who need your expertise. Simply click on the link and create your profile!   
Artist Directory Registry 


Auditions for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 10
Limelight Theatre 11 Old Mission Ave. uptown St. Augustine FREE parking - See more at:

First Coast Opera Audition Notice
First Coast Opera will hold auditions for singers on Saturday, November 21, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Auditions will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 36 Sevilla Street in Saint Augustine.  - See more at:

Auditions for The Grapes of Wrath
Saturday, Oct. 17 @ 2 to 6 p.m. 
Callbacks from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 
January 22-February 14, 2016
Limelight Theatre Matuza Main Stage
Preview: Jan. 21 - Terrific Tuesday: Jan. 26
A classic by John Steinbeck. Desperately proud, but reduced to poverty by the loss of their farm, the Joads pile their few possessions on a battered old truck and head west for California, hoping to find work and a better life. Click here for details


Digital Graffiti 2016 - Alys Beach, FL (Deadline: March 1)
Artists worldwide are invited to submit original works of digital art to be showcased in this juried festival set for May 13-15, 2016. A panel of art and industry experts, led by Digital Graffiti Curator Brett Phares, will select a number of finalists to be exhibited at the festival and compete for $10,000 in cash prizes. For more info, visit here


Local Color Plein Air Festival and Exhibition - Lynn Haven, FL (November 14)
The Local Color Plein Air Festival will allow all artists to paint on scene from 1pm-5pm on the date listed above. Fee is $45 for up to three pieces of work. All Plein Air event pieces will be included in Art Exhibition at Roberts Hall. People's Choice will be awarded at 6:00pm; 1st Prize winner will receive $300.00 and solo show at Roberts Hall. Roberts Hall is located at 819 New York Ave, Lynn Haven, FL. For more info, visit here
Florida Contemporary Exhibition at The Baker Museum - Naples, FL (Deadline: November 2)
Florida Contemporary is a multimedia group exhibition that showcases high-quality work by contemporary Florida artists whose creations address a vast range of thematic perspectives. The exhibition will be on view at The Baker Museum (5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard Naples, Florida 34108) from January 27 - April 20, 2016. For more info, visit here

  Hispanic and American Indian Vendors Sought at Mission San Luis (December 12 & 13)
Winter Solstice, an event highlighting Native American and Apalachee Indian crafts, is seeking vendors. Event is held on the grounds of San Luis, in the historic village. For more info, call (850) 245-6422. 
4 Bridges Arts Festival 2016 - Chattanooga, TN (Deadline: October 31)
  4 Bridges Arts Festival will return for its 16th year to bring world-class fine art to the region. 4 Bridges Arts Festival is a fully juried show with artist awards totalling $15,000. Diversity in mediums and styles in a 50,000 sq. ft. covered pavilion mixed with serious art buyers from across the region, and beyond, creates an atmosphere unlike any other. Show dates are April 15-17, 2016, and location is First Tennessee Pavilion (1826 Reggie White Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37408). For more info, visit here.  

2015 Florida Book Awards Competition (Deadline: January 14)
The Florida Book Awards has kicked off its tenth annual competition with a call for entries in nine categories. Books can be entered into the competition by anyone (e.g. publisher, author or literary agent) via the online submission form. To be eligible, entries must have both a copyright date between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). For more info, visit here.

Funding Opportunities
Artslink Independent Projects (Deadline: December 3)
Independent Projects awards provide funding to artists and arts managers who propose to undertake projects in the United States in collaboration with a US non-profit arts organization or individual artist. Applicants must have a letter of invitation from a US partner in order to apply for an Independent Projects award. Maximum award is $5,000. For more info, visit here.  

Knight Cities Challenge Offering Innovators $5 million (Deadline: October 27) 
Knight Foundation will be presenting the Knight Cities Challenge starting Oct. 1. The challenge seeks ideas that make the 26 communities where Knight invests more vibrant places to live and work. Applicants can win a share of $5 million for sharing ideas on how to make cities more successful. For more info, visit here  .  

Aaron Copland Fund for Music Invites Applications for Contemporary American Music Recording Projects (Deadline: January 15)
  The Aaron Copland Fund's Recording Program is designed to support projects that document and provide wider exposure for the music of contemporary American composers and/or develop audiences for contemporary American music through the distribution of recorded performances in physical and online media. The fund is interested primarily in supporting recordings of works by living American composers and those who are recently deceased and favors works that were composed more recently. For more info, visit here.  

Volunteer Coordinator Position at Tallahassee Museum 
The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for the recruitment and retention of volunteers, tracking service hours, and coordinating special events volunteers. Must be well-organized, enthusiastic, driven, outgoing, teamwork oriented, and personable. Required education: Bachelors degree in social sciences, communications or related field. To apply, email resume to

Manager of In-House Programs Position at The Center for Creative Education - West Palm Beach, FL
  Under supervision of the Director of Programming, the Manager of In-House Programs will oversee and coordinate all In-House programs at the Center for Creative Education. The Manager will fully implement existing programs (specifically the "Discover Series" and "LOT 23 - Community Artist Program") and will be responsible for developing, promoting, registering, implementing, managing, and evaluating new classes and programs at CCE. For more info, visit   here.  
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The Gullah Geeche Group is seeking volunteers to assist/support the first 3 Florida city Mende Film and Culture Festival. The festival highlights the rich contributions of those unique West Africans known as Gullah Geechee who settled along the Sea Island Coast. The event in St. Augustine is scheduled for Thursday, October 29 from 10am-9pm at Corozan Cinema. Were looking for serious volunteers to assist in the areas of advertising, crowd control, marketing, parking, set up and clean up.   Please contact Trish Jones at or (904) 287-0813 if interested in volunteering. 

The Saint Augustine Film Festival will be returning for the 6th year in January 2016. Volunteers are needed to help plan for this exciting event located around Downtown Saint Augustine. Reliable volunteers will help plan and participate in many areas of the festival, including: special events, marketing, sponsorship, and more! Please contact Ginger Reed at  if interested. Make sure to Like and Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. #staugfilmfest"

The St. Augustine Historical Society Research Library is looking for volunteers with computer experience to help archive their photo collection. Volunteers scan and document the images so they can be added to the online catalog. Other computer related projects are available as well. For more information contact: Debra Willis at or call (904)825-2333.

The Research Library is located in the Segui Kirby-Smith House (the old public library) on Aviles Street.  Parking for library volunteers is at the Oldest House on Charlotte and St. Francis Street.


A Classic Act Theatre
For Ushers, Stage Manager, concessions, technical as well as many other opportunities - any age (male or female)
If you'd like to be part of any of our productions, please contact us at  We'd love to have you join us.


Creative Capital webinars. 

 Visit PDP's Online Calendar for a complete list of upcoming webinars and dates. Select webinars are now available on demand! View all offerings.  



It may take 2- 5 days for your event to appear on the calendar
so we suggest submitting at least
2 weeks before your event.

 State of the Arts License Plate Grants

Two opportunities to apply:

due April and October of each year.


Drive the Arts License Plate

Arts Micro-Grants 



 All of the money from the State of the Arts License plates sold in St. Johns County is returned to our county.


The St Johns Cultural Council uses that money  to fund 
for non-profit organizations,
 individual artists, and teachers. 
For more information visit:
 The Cultural Council is funded in part by:




and through the generous support of our stakeholders.