Grace Arts Florida is setting sail again on the Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway today, April 7, 2023, with the Street Art Regatta, or StAR, a celebration of original artworks by local and national artists painted on sail canvas and presented by the award-winning youth sailing team of the Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation. This link will take you to the story that includes features of some this year's artists including ARTYEK, aka STROKE and five female artists from the Museum of Graffiti in Wynwood REDSKEE, DELVS, DIDIROK, NICO, and LUSHY considered some of the best in the business.
Congratulations to Diana Donovan, Cultural Council of Great Jacksonville's Executive Director, for receiving the Florida Ballet's "Above the Barre" award!
The Cultural Council has also opened access to Round 2 of the their Arts Jax Grant Program. 7 grants of $2500 each will be awarded to individual artists (of any discipline) living in Northeast Florida. The deadline is Tuesday, April 18, 2023 (11:59 p.m.) Apply here.
The Florida Theatre's got a birthday coming up! The morning after opening night April 8,1927, the Jacksonville Journal reported, “On the spot where once stood an unkempt police station that had housed in its sordid career many of the riff-raff of the world there has come into being a thing of beauty, a palace of dreams. Happy Birthday and avoir du bon temps at you upcoming Annual Ball May 20th.
The Hillsborough County Arts Council recently released their April newsletter which included three calls to artists! #1.for an exterior statue for the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Balm Riverview Rd. and Symmes Rd. located in Hillsborough County, Florida. details here and #2 for an exterior artwork/sculpture for the roundabout at the intersection of Memorial Highway and Montague Street. located in Hillsborough County, Florida. details here
and, drumroll please....#3 The De(evolution) of Karen seeks to examine the fundamental question who is Karen? Loved, feared, and misunderstood in the public context, the ubiquitous Karen can be any woman, and every woman. How did Karen get here and what forces led her to a place of special privilege? (Or not?) details here
Area Stage just announced their upcoming conservatory production of Frozen Jr. It will take place at ASC’s Black Box Theatre on Sunset Drive, the Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays between May 5th-May 14th, and will be directed by ASC associate artistic director Giancarlo Rodaz. Adult and student general admissions tickets are available here.
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 10 - 11:30 AM Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs' Emerging Arts Leaders is hosting "Leading Forward" a conversation about the role of the arts and culture in our community with seven outstanding arts innovators. Panelists bios available here. All are welcome to come together to share lessons learned, insights, and ideas. Moderated by Ashlee Thomas, Miami Emerging Arts Leaders Steering Committee Chair and Artistic Director & Co-Founder, Miami Urban Contemporary Experience (MUCE). Followed by an interactive Q&A. Register for the free Zoom event here by Tuesday, April 11th.
Join the YoungArts Gallery will open Megafauna Land Dwellers, a group exhibition curated by Naomi Fisher (1994 Visual Arts) Thursday, May 4, 7-9 PM
In Megafauna Land Dwellers, 26 interdisciplinary and intergenerational voices—all YoungArts award winners—present explorations of pressing environmental issues through ideas around eco-feminism, nature and wildlife conservation, artificial landscapes, activism and biodiversity.
Free with RSVP
Florida Keys Council of the Arts will be hosting their Cultural Umbrella Event &
Art Builds Community Application Workshops
via Zoom Tuesday, April 11th at 10:00 a.m.
and 3:00 pm. This is a NEW program from and for Monroe County specifically to advertise and promote cultural events. Please register in advance by contacting the Arts Council office at 305-295-4369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for workshop details including meeting links, meeting id's and passcodes. To go directly to guidelines, click here.
United Arts of Central Florida (United Arts) announced the return of a grant program to intentionally support professional artists in our community and lead towards a stronger local arts ecology. The Individual Artist Grant Program will provide up to $5,000 for artist driven projects that have a public benefit and will enrich the community of Central Florida by advancing artistic excellence and increasing access to innovative and diverse arts experiences. Residents of Lake, Orange, Osceola or Seminole counties are eligible to apply. Learn more here.
University oof Central Florida College of Arts and Humanities opened UCF Celebrates the Arts! A series of exhibitions, performances and literary events that span 5 days. See the entire list of UCF Celebrates the Arts! (I count 17) and 20+ adjacent programs here.
Creative Pinellas will host the Opening Reception of the 2023 Emerging Artist Exhibition Thursday, May 4th from 6–8pm where the public will be able to congratulate the 2023 Emerging Artist Grantees: Troy Bernardo, Jenipher Chandley, Marie Cummings, Kate Cummins, Dennis DeBon, Kimberly Engel, Patrick Arthur Jackson, Aimee Jones, Amy Wolf, and Agueda Zabisky. Learn more about all of the artists here.
Congratulations to Marie Selby Gardens! They're nearing the completion of Phase 1 of their Master Plan which includes a state-of-the-art Plant Research Center, the Living Energy Access Facility (LEAF), a cutting-edge stormwater management system and a publicly accessible multiuse recreational trail (MURT) and so much more. See their full announcement here.
Young Performing Artists held their Day of Stars scholarship showcase this past Sunday, April 2nd. Over the 24 years that they celebrate, they have awarded over $60,000 in scholarships to students! Ms. Beverly Steele, founder hosts a 16 minute feature of the 2022 First Placers. Congratulations to: Sakura, dancer, Quinn, instrumentalist, A'Layahna, vocalist, Shannon, visual artist. Visit their website and see all their good work which includes a touring band.
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County just announced the 5th Annual "Under The Sea" fundraiser for the Underwater Museum of Art taking place Thursday, May 11th. It's the official kick-off for Art Month Walton County, a month-long celebration of the Arts that includes many diverse cultural events throughout the month of May including the 35th Annual Arts Quest, a juried art show featuring over 100 artists from across the country May 13th & 14.
Emerald Coast Theatre Company is celebrating 10 years of pursuing and realizing their vision of a professional theatre in the Emerald Coast region. Congratulations Nathaniel, Anna, and your countless creatives and supporters on the milestone! Their finale performance this celebration season will be The Sound of Music May 5-14th.