SOTA Awards 2017

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.

Flagler’s Adult Continuing Education (ACE) Keeps Expanding

Flagler College’s Adult and Continuing Education Program is designed to provide working professionals corporate training and development opportunities, and adult and retired learners opportunities to engage in intellectually stimulating, meaningful, and interesting activities. The program has three broad categories, Corporate Training and Professional Development, Lifelong Learning, and Test Preparation Center. It celebrated its second year this last Tuesday Oct. 17th, 2017 at the Markland House in St Augustine, FL.

A Day Without Violence

Once a year, St. Johns County students participate in an art and poetry contest sponsored by Betty Griffin Center to promote “A Day Without Violence”.  This annual contest focuses on peace in the home.  Pieces of art and poems are selected for their annual calendar known as “A Day Without Violence”.

The general public will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top entries submitted to this contest that is sponsored by the St. Johns Cultural Council. The art will be hung in the Rotunda Gallery of the St. Johns County Administration Building. The exhibit can be viewed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

There was an opening reception for this exhibit on Tuesday, October 3, from 8:15-9:00 am, just before the Board of County Commissioner’s meeting.  All were invited to enjoy refreshments, while viewing the show.

Post Hurricane Irma

The city of St Augustine is in clean up mode after hurricane Irma. First Coast.TV went to see the damage and the efforts to recover.

Mayor Talks Hurricane Irma

First Coast.TV got a moment to talk to the Mayor of St Augustine Nancy Shaver about the potential danger of hurricane Irma as it approaches the state of Florida, less than a year since the devastation of hurricane Matthew.

She is Fierce! In St Augustine

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St Augustine Speaks About Confederate Monuments

St Augustine citizens came to St Paul AME Church to have an orderly forum concerning the fate of some confederate monuments in public spaces. The event was hosted by Rev. Ron Rawls and people spoke against and for the these symbols of the confederacy.

To see the entire forum of 1 hour and 13minutes go to :

American Legion Post #37 Completes Its Transformation

First Coast.Tv got a chance to speak with Gary Bruce and Mary K. Ference about the total renovation of the Hamblen House/Legion Post #37. It has taken several years and a hurricane to complete, and now open to the public to enjoy its food, drink, view and history.

Rally to Protect HP-5

Residents of St Augustine had a peaceful protest on Saturday July 1st from 11:00am -1:00pm along West Castillo Drive to bring to the peoples attention that the San Marco Hotel PUD threatens St Augustine Historic Preservation 5 (HP-5). Those present at the protest felt that rezoning this area would threaten it and the north city, allowing commercial expansion into that area and threatening the heritage of the city. They felt that neighborhood preservation should be the priority and not its commercialization.

Aya & Noor’s Organic Garden

First Coast.Tv went to see Aya & Noor’s organic garden at there home and was impressed by the amount of vegetables that came out from such a small amount of real estate. The Mayor Nancy Shaver came by to admire and encourage the girls in another green project. If you remember, the girls had entered a green dream house in a competition, in January of this year.

www.firstcoast.tv/two-girls-green-dream-house/