Arts & Culture

What's New in Jacksonville, Fla. Winter/Spring 2011

Winter in Jacksonville is mild, and spring temperatures and festivals are just around the corner.  This season, visitors to Northeast Florida get excited about an inaugural lacrosse tournament, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens 50th Anniversary celebration, the new Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park – Jacksonville’s first LEED certified hotel and new diverse activities and experiences. 

High School Students: Time to Enter Manatee Art Contest

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites high school art students across the state to participate in a contest to create a piece of manatee artwork that will be used on the 2011-2012 manatee decal.

Students in grades 9-12 in Florida should coordinate with their school’s art teacher to submit the artwork, because each school may submit no more than five entries. Home-schooled students also are eligible to enter the contest. Contest details and forms are available online at

Tattoo & Arts Festival

Immersed In Ink announced the arrival of Jacksonville’s most prestigious Alternative Arts Festival to the Wyndham Hotel on January 28-30, 2011. This festival will host some of the nations’ hottest Tattoo Artists and is open to the public for live tattooing, sideshows, human suspension and more. Patrons can enter their tattoos in contests or just come watch artists express themselves in this alternative art medium. In addition to tattoo artists from all over the world, the show will feature many different vendors selling merchandise from clothing to tattoo supplies and beautiful hand crafted art. 

UNF Literacy Professor Leads Comics/Graphic Novel Session at Downtown Library

UNF Literacy Professor Leads Comics/Graphic Novel Session at Downtown Library

Dr. Katie Monnin, author and assistant professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida,” will lead a session “Calling All Parents! Come Learn Why Comics and Graphic Novels are Really Reading!” from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, in the Children’s Department at the main Jacksonville Public Library downtown.

Bank of America’s Museums on Us at MOSH

Not getting enough culture in your life? Let Bank of America’s Museums on Us® program enhance your cultural enrichment in the New Year. Through the program, cardholders receive free admission to some of the best cultural venues in the nation on January 1 and 2. As part of Museums on Us, now in its 14th season, more than 140 leading U.S. cultural institutions, including museums, historical sites, science centers and zoos, open their doors for free to bank cardholders on the first full weekend of each month

Downtown is the place to be New Year's Eve!

Travel back in time to an original speakeasy, hidden in the urban core.  Kick off a new decade with Jazz, gin, and those fringed flapper dresses! Dress up as your best Gatsby or Daisy and come on down to MOCA Jacksonville for The Contemporaries' 333 NYE: Feel Sexy, Speakeasy

Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast-January 14, 2011 Tickets on Sale Now!

The City of Jacksonville’s 24th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast will be held Friday, Jan. 14 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.  Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the breakfast and program will begin at 7:30 a.m. Parking is free to attendees.