On April 4th, 2018 at 11:00am the community was invited to the Dedication Ceremony for St. Augustine’s “Let Freedom Ring” Chimes Project at Robert B. Hayling Freedom Park. The interactive public art installation includes: a semi-circle of 14 graduated contrabass pentatonic aluminum chimes; “Toward,” a white marble semi-circular reflection bench topped with granite tiles designed by children from the Boys & Girls Club, The Webster School, and incarcerated youth at St Johns Youth Academy; and Compassionate St. Augustine’s Obelisk Art 450 Emancipation Proclamation obelisk that commemorated the local reading of that meaning-filled declaration.
ST. JOHNS CULTURAL COUNCIL STATE OF THE ARTS GRANT WORKSHOP
This free workshop will be provided on Saturday April 7th, 2018, from 1030am to 1230pm at the St Johns Cultural Council on 15 Old Mission Ave, St Augustine, FL. Do not miss it. The St Johns Cultural Council (SJCC) provides mini grants of up to $500 for arts and cultural activities within St. Johns County, FL. Funding is made possible through revenue from the sale of State of the Arts (SOTA) license plates in St. Johns County. Priority will be given to proposals for activities that reach underserved audiences, arts education, and art in public places. Organizations, artists and schools may apply for new or expanded programs in the following disciplines: arts in education, music, dance, folk arts, humanities, literature, film/video/media, theatre and musical theatre, visual arts, or the collection or exhibition of cultural or artistic works. Proposals are evaluated on uniqueness, quality and impact. This workshop will help you understand the process, how to qualify, and how to apply by filling the grant.
Marchers gathered at Davis Park on the east side of the Bridge of Lions approximately at 4 pm on March 24th. As more and more gathered, hundreds became thousands and so the march was on.
Marchers went on to cross the Bridge of Lions at 5pm.. After crossing, they turned right onto the bayfront heading to the Castillo de San Marcos for a rally.
PVUP supported the student-led March for Our Lives in St. Augustine along with other local progressive organizations. The student organizers welcomed the participation of students from all schools in St. John’s County and elsewhere, as well as all parents, grandparents, other adults, and children. This march was only one in about six thousand cities nation wide, with Washington D.C. being the biggest.
The “Chimes Project,” is a major interactive and multi-media art initiative to be located in Robert Hayling Freedom Park, is being undertaken by Compassionate St. Augustine; the grassroots organization Keep Riberia Pointe Green, and the City of St. Augustine. As the Ancient City’s officially approved permanent public art installation, it will interpretively pay tribute to our city’s African–American & Civil Rights storylines as well as the roles freedom, human rights, democracy, tolerance, civility, and compassion have played and continue to play in creating the narrative.
First Coast.TV got a chance to speak with Caren Goldman in order to get more details on this project to be dedicated on April 4th, at 11am at Robert Hayling Freedom Park.
The St Johns Cultural Council is offering a free workshop on copyright, directed to artists. Hala Laquidara gives more information on this workshop, which is the third on a series of workshops directed to the artistic community of St Johns County. This one will be held at the St Augustine Beach City Hall, Saturday, March 24th at 10:30am. Attorney Richard Brooks will conduct this workshop.
Where do you stand on capital punishment?
An Execution Vigil took place in front of the St. Augustine Beach City Hall, corner of A1A and 16th Street, St. Augustine Beach on Thursday, February 22nd at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.. The vigils also took place in Gainesville, Starke, Jacksonville and Bunnell on that same day. Some feel that the system that sends a person to the death chamber, is unfair, imperfect and too costly.
An enlightening and encouraging panel of adults and youths met Friday evening at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center: “Intergen 2.0 – The Challenges Facing the Pursuit of Justice and Equality.”
Students from Creekside H.S., Ponte Vedra H.S., Nease H.S., and Murray M.S. joined adults to discuss their experiences and attempt to reach common ground and understanding on the issues of justice and equality. Mayor Nancy Shaver opened the event; Gayle and Floyd Phillips hosted; Dr. Dorothy Israel gave her inspiration; Derek Coghlan moderated; Jim Henry was videoing; Pat Chiapetta energized, Joe Chiapetta directed traffic; Amy Goldin helped staging; Gracie Best performed her show-stopping Slam Poetry; Elizabeth Erpelding-Garratt provided delicious hors d’oeuvres. Sue-Ellen Gamble Mosler, owner of Uppity Art, 67 S. Dixie Hwy., St. Augustine, sponsored the event.
First Coast.TV put these highlights of a fantastic three hour event together, so please enjoy.
This month’s celebrity guest baker at The Sweet City Cupcakes was Adam Morley. Take a peek to see how he did among all those mouth watering cupcakes.
The second Intergenerational session will be held at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center on Friday February 16. There will be a social hour from 5:00 – 6:00. The Roundtable discussion starts at 6:00, we have until 9:30.
The theme of the Roundtable is “The Challenges Facing the Pursuit of Justice and Equality.”
Here is a “roster” of Roundtable : Nease H.S. : Vivia Morley, Ajay Sarma, Fareeha Abrar. Creekside H.S.: Amaia Vargas and Lauren Maxam Ponte Vedra H.S.: Isabella Uribe, Jasmine Hurtt, Anna Auchter The Webster School : D. Wideman Alexius Ferguson : Community Partner School Director at the Webster School Andrea Clark : NAACP, Educator, Women’s March Carol Holtz : Vice-Chair, St. jJohns County Democratic Party; President, Hastings Democratic Club Daniel Carter : College Student, Community Activist Dr. Dorothy Israel : Educator, Author, Community Activist Felicia Proia : Certified School Psychologist, Secretary, St. Johns County Young Democrats Nyk Smith : Business Owner (The Corner Market in Lincolnville), NAACP Officer Mr. Derek Coghlan (Nease H.S. Faculty Member) ; Moderator.
A group of locals gathered on Saturday, January 6th (Three Kings Day) at 7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center (next to the downtown parking garage) to FLASH MOB. They then went to the Lightner Museum, and then to La Plaza de la Constitucion. Three Flash Mobs in about an hour!