News & Notes 
from your local arts agency 



Hear what students and teachers have to say about Poetry Out Loud, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in the 2014-2015 school year.
Women's Studio Workshop, in Rosendale, New York, Invites Applications for Art-in-Education Artist's Book Residency 

Deadline: November 15 
Residencies at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa will be awarded to established writers or scholars to pursue their own projects free from academic obligations.

St Johns County School District Principals, Curriculum Coordinators, Teachers

A Very Special Invitation for St. John's County Teachers (Middle and High School Only)

Teachers, students and chaperones are invited to attend up to four full-length 'Live in HD' simulcasts from the Metropolitan Opera, delivered to the state-of-the-art auditorium at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville. Operas include: Otello (December 5); Madama Butterfly (January 30); Turandot (April 2); and Elektra, (April 30).

For Details Click Here
Tickets to St. Augustine Winter Spectacular on Sale Saturday 
St. Augustine, FL - Tickets for the St. Augustine Winter Spectacular go on sale to the general public this Saturday, October 24th at 10:00 AM. 
Florida Writer's Association
 "Writers Helping Writers". Meets on the third Saturday of each month at 10:00 am, St. Augustine Main Library
Current Arts Openings at Duval County Public Schools -


The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is excited to announce a new series of professional development workshops for local artists, presented by PNC Bank. These workshops are designed to appeal to artists across different media by presenting a variety of topics, and feature a mix of guest speakers with local artist representatives to provide both context and perspective. 

The series is free for artists to attend. All that is required is  online registration, found on their website. All workshops are held at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Jacksonville at 300 W. Water Street.

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 


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:


VSA Florida 2015-2016 Young Soloist Program Accepting Applications Now (Deadline: December 15) 
Very Special Arts Florida is committed to featuring the talent of Florida's young musicians and vocalists with disabilities. Prior to the application process for the International Young Soloist Program each year, VSA Florida facilitates an adjudicated statewide program to recognize the talent of these youth. Applicants must send completed application, audition recordings, and short bio of a performer ages 14-25. For more info, visit here

Jacksonville Main Library 10th Anniversary Photography contest: 
Deadline: October 30 Call To Artist
First prize for teen and adults will be $100 Amazon gift cards, for children it will be a digital camera (ages 3-6) and an Ice & Sportsplex family gift card.
Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show 2016 - Cambridge, MA (Deadline: January 8) 
The Cambridge Art Association will host the 2016 Nation Prize show, juried by Paul C. Ha. The show is open to artists 18 and older living and working in the US and is open to all media. Prizes are $1,000 for best in show and $500 for specific media. Entry fee is $40 for up to three works (nonmembers) and $35 for up to three works (members). For more info and to register, visit here
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.  

Funding Opportunities
Diversity & Inclusion Awards Program (Deadline: November 13)
The Diversity & Inclusion Awards Program recognizes the efforts of individuals working to make arts and cultural programming in Florida as diverse and inclusive as possible. Efforts awarded may address diversity and inclusion in areas such as demographic diversity, cultural heritage, and sexual orientation. Award amounts range from $500-$1,000. Nominations will continue to accepted until November 13. For more info, visit here. 
Florida Humanities Council Community Project Grants  
Community Project grants provide support for the planning and implementation of public humanities programs and resources that meet the needs and interests of local communities. Projects may include lecture series and panel discussions, reading and discussion groups, film series, oral history projects, exhibitions, and the development of cultural resources that complement public programming. Mini grants offer a maximum of $5,000, major grants offer a maximum of $15,000. For more info, visit here .  

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Invites Entries for Children's Book Awards (Deadline: December 15)   
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is accepting submissions from publishers for the twenty-seventh annual Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Awards. To be eligible, writers and illustrators must have published no more than three books. The award includes an honorarium of $1,000 for each winner. For more info, visit here 

The Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards (Deadline: December 1)
The Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards are granted annually to encourage talented young jazz composers. Applicants must submit a completed application; the notated score of one composition; biographical information listing prior music studies, background and experience, and a CD of the composition. For more info,  visit here

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  .  

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

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Fort Mose Historic State Park
Fort Mose Historic State Park is looking for volunteers with skill sets and interests ranging from historical reenactors, event coordinators and museum guides to gardeners. We also need someone with computer skills to work with our Historical Society administrative team.
For more information please contact Vicki Tiseth at 904-823-2232 or

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.