• Art - Resources, Links, & Field Trips

    Art Education Associations
    Art Resources and Advocates in Jacksonville

    The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville 

    Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville's mission is to champion the appreciation, relevance, and expression of art and culture. They advocate for the arts, encourage collaboration between private, public, and non-profit sectors for arts and culture, and provide grant funding in order to invest in the betterment of the greater Jacksonville community. 
    The Cultural Council's Art in Public Places not only creates an avenue for the creation and curation of public art in Jacksonville, but it offers curriculum for students grades K-5 and 6-12 so that Jacksonville's young artists can explore their community and to expand their definition of what art can be.
    These curriculum guides are available at:
    For more about the Cultural Council, visit their website at: http://www.culturalcouncil.org/
    Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF)
    The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is an independent nonprofit organization that works to connect research with civic voice to bring about unified action in support of universally high-quality public schools for all children in Duval County. JPEF believes that an informed and active citizenry, together with attentive and aligned community leadership, will move our schools forward to prepare students with the skills they need for future success.
    JPEF offers "PowerUP Jax" grant funding  for education projects/programming each year. In the fall of 2015, 3 of the 10 grant winners were art teachers! To see their projects, click here
    For more on Jacksonville Public Education Fund, click here.  

    Visual Art Links
    A monthly event that takes place in downtown Jacksonville on the first Wednesday of every month - rain or shine! 
    The Beaches Fine Arts Series is beginning its 44th season of free concerts from performing artists as well as exhibition of contributing visual artists. Beaches Fine Art Series also offers educational outreach opportunities, click the link for more information. 
    A non-profit organization that provides after-school arts education for students in selected public schools and community centers. 
    The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts launched Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child in 2009. This national initiative brings communities together to implement comprehensive, sustainable arts education agendas so all K-8 children have equitable access to learning in the arts. In 2013, Jacksonville was selected as the 14th Any Given Child community alongside cities such as Austin, Sacramento, and Portland. 

    Museum Visits
    Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

    829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville
    The museum offers guided tours for students as well as hands-on workshops in the “Art Connections” department. Students have the opportunity to view artwork of historical significance, and perhaps draw in the gardens. Prior to scheduled tours, teachers receive pre-tour packets to prepare students for the tour and post-visit materials as a follow-up to the visit.

    To arrange for a tour, call 355-0630. Click for more information.
    Museum of Contemporary Art - MOCA Jacksonville

    333 North Laura Street, Jacksonville

    The newly remodeled Western Union Building now houses artwork from the post-modern era as well as practicing artists. The museum provides the “MORE THAN JUST A TOUR” to schools which includes visits to their Art Explorium Loft. Pre- and post materials are also provided to participating schools and their teachers. To arrange a tour, call 366-6911. Ext. 212. Click for more information.
    MOCA also offers "Art Aviators," an educational initiative designed for children with an autism diagnosis and other exceptionalities. 
    Ritz Theatre and Museum
    829 North Davis Street, Jacksonville
    The Ritz Theatre and Museum was constructed in 1999 on the site of the 1929 Ritz Theater movie house in Jacksonville’s historic African American community of La Villa. During La Villa’s height of activity in the 1920s-1960s, it was known as the “Harlem of the South.”

    The mission of the Ritz Theatre and Museum is to “research, record, and preserve the material and artistic culture of African American life in Northeast Florida and the African Diaspora, and present in an educational or entertaining format, the many facets that make up the historical and cultural legacy of this community.”

    Whether visiting the museum, attending a concert, viewing a film or listening to a lecture, the Ritz has a special energy that leaves you with a special feeling. There is always an exhibition, music, dance or the dramatic arts inside the Ritz that will enthrall, educate and entertain.
    For more information about the Ritz Theatre and Museum, click here