Cummer Museum of Art Receives Awards

Press Release Jacksonville, Fla. — The Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens is honored to announce that it has received two awards in the 2017 Museums Publications Design Competition of the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum received Second Prize in the Annual Report category, as well as an Honorable Mention in the Book category for “The Chef’s Canvas.”

The Museum’s annual report is a collection of stories and descriptions of events, exhibitions, and programs hosted by the Museum over the past year. It highlights the accomplishments and the impact of the Museum on the community, from exhibitions such as LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience to education programs like Cummer in the Classroom. The Museum utilizes the report as an opportunity for transparency and to spotlight the outcomes of the work it does for its constituents. The annual report was designed by Wingard Creative and printed by Agility Press, Inc. Photography for the report was done by local photographers Ingrid Damiani and Dennis Ho.

The Chef’s Canvas is a beautifully-designed coffee table cookbook celebrating the Museum’s diverse collection of art and the abundant talent of local chefs. Each dish was inspired by a work of art each chef selected from the Museum’s collection. The artwork chosen spans a wide range of artistic styles, and the paired food dishes are just as beautifully diverse. Each recipe includes a statement from the chef about the inspiration for their dish, the work of art chosen, and a beautiful image of the finished dish. The book is a way of connecting the art and culinary worlds of Northeast Florida in a unique and compelling way. “The Chef’s Canvas” project was managed by Cari Sanchez-Potter and Emily Moody, designed by Varick Rosete, photographed by Agnes Lopez, and printed by The Hartley Press.

The American Alliance of Museums and the Award
The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to gather members, share knowledge, and provide advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. The AAM represents more than 35,000 individual museum professionals, volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving museums. The AAM’s Museum Publications Design Competition is the only national juried competition of its kind. Winners are chosen for their overall design excellence, creativity, and ability to express the institution’s personality, mission, or special features. The judges have sole authority over all decisions, including whether or not to award prizes in each of the entry categories. The Cummer Museum is honored to have won such a prestigious prize for not one but two publications.

Todd McGrain: The Lost Bird Project at Cummer Museum

Press Release Jacksonville, Fla.— The newest exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Todd McGrain: The Lost Bird Project, opens in the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Community Sculpture Garden & Plaza on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The exhibition will feature five large-scale sculptures and will be supplemented by the presentation of preparatory drawings in the Bank of America Concourse inside the Museum.

As a chronicle of humankind’s impact on our changing world — excessive hunting and fishing, commerce, deforestation — and a record of dwindling biodiversity, The Lost Bird Project memorializes North American birds that have been driven to extinction. The Great Auk, Labrador Duck, Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet, and Heath Hen were birds that once filled unique niches in the North American landscape from the shores of Labrador and New York to the Midwestern plains. Moved by their stories, American artist Todd McGrain (b. 1961) set out to bring their vanished forms back into the world.

“Todd McGrain’s sculptures not only look majestic and beautiful,” states Cummer Museum Associate Curator Nelda Damiano, “they also prompt us to think about the role we play in protecting and preserving the world we live in.”

A bronze sculpture of each of the five birds has been permanently placed at a specific location related to their decline, from Newfoundland to Florida, Ohio to Martha’s Vineyard. The series on exhibit at the Museum is a set that is touring the country, in the hope of spreading awareness and evoking action. McGrain’s modern, elegant style captures the essence of each species, making it universal and approachable. More importantly, these sculptures ask us not to forget, and remind us of our duty to save fragile habitats and prevent further extinction.

For more than 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens, and education. A permanent collection of more than 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 165,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities. For further information, including hours, visit www.cummermuseum.org.

Join TEDxFSCJWomen for a Simulcast Event: TEDWomen2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Join TEDxFSCJWomen for a simulcast event direct from the TEDWomen2017 conference in New Orleans. The evening will include a panel of local speakers who will discuss how gender intersects with poverty and what Jacksonville nonprofits are doing to help.

Our local speakers will include:
· Dawn Gilman: CEO, Changing Homelessness
· Teresa Miles: Executive Director, Women’s Center of Jacksonville
· Dr. Gail Patin: CEO, Hubbard House
· Hosted by Courtney Weatherby-Hunter: Women’s Giving Alliance

The evening will also feature “Seven Bridges Out of Poverty,” a portrait gallery and information session from local nonprofits that are helping to lift women out of poverty, including BEAM, Changing Homelessness, Hubbard House, LSF Health Systems, Sulzbacher Center, the Women’s Center of Jacksonville and the Women’s Giving Alliance.

Cost: Free

When: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.m. *Doors open at 5 p.m. to allow for portrait viewing and networking with representatives from the featured nonprofits.

Where: FSCJ Kent Campus, Room F128; 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32205

For more information, email TEDxFSCJ@gmail.com
Register at https://tedxfscjwomen2017.eventbrite.com/

FSCJ to Host Community Conversation Series

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) will host the first of a three-part Community Conversation Series in an effort to provide an open dialogue forum for the College’s internal and external community.

Following the success of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s (JSO) “Coffee with a Cop” program at FSCJ, the College aims to further assist in strengthening community relations with the introduction of this series.

The opening forum of the Community Conversation Series will explore the state of
relations between Jacksonville’s community and the law enforcement officers that
serve to protect it.

Students and community members will have the opportunity to pose questions and offer solutions on topics ranging anywhere from legal implications to psychological and sociological impacts.

A panel of FSCJ faculty members will provide interdisciplinary perspectives. Faculty members include:

* Director of Security Gordon Bass
* Professor of Psychology Dr. Penny Devine
* Professor of Criminal Justice Kimberly Hall
* Professor of Legal Studies Dr. Nick Martino
* Professor of Sociology Dr. JR Woodward

FSCJ faculty will be joined on the panel by Assistant Chief T.K. Waters with the Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Office.

Students from the University of North Florida (UNF), Edward Waters College (EWC),
Jacksonville University (JU) as well as regional community members are encouraged to attend.

For more information and to RSVP no later than Monday, December 5, contact Barry Summers via email or by calling (904) 381-3436.

WHEN:
Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 6 – 8 p.m.

WHERE:
Florida State College at Jacksonville Kent Campus-Room D-120
3939 Roosevelt Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32205

AIDS Memorial Quilt Ceremony and Display

December 1, 2016, you have the opportunity to join others and remember our brothers and sisters lost to HIV/AIDS and offer hope to those who live with HIV/AIDS.

AIDS Memorial Quilt Ceremony and Display
12:00PM Event Is Free and open to the public
Atrium of Jacksonville City Hall
117 W Duval Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Service of Remembrance and Hope
A nondenominational event to remember the lives lost to HIV/AIDS and offer hope to those who live with HIV/AIDS in anticipation of a cure and the elimination of any new infections.
7:00PM Event is Free and open to the public
Arlington Congregational Church
431 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

For more information, please visit www.neflworldaidsday.org.

FSCJ Sponsors JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival

Jacksonville, FL – JaxbyJax, Jacksonville Writers Writing Jacksonville, the annual literary arts festival sponsored by Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), will re-introduce the city of Jacksonville to its own literary voice when it returns on November 12, 2016. The event features 25 local writers in 12 venues across Riverside to showcase the city’s own thriving writing scene.

Guests are invited to choose their own adventure at their leisure as they wander from venue to venue enjoying the works of local playwrights, poets and novelists, which include faculty and staff of FSCJ.

Writers participating in JaxbyJax 2016 include:
Jim Alabiso
Tricia Booker
RaeJeana Brooks
Fred Dale
Frances Driscoll
Bill Ectric
Katherine Espano
Joe Flowers
Sohrab Fracis
Liz Gibson
Tim Gilmore
Nan Kavanaugh
Grant Kittrell
Matt Lany
Johnny Masiulewicz
Emily K. Michael
Marcus Pactor
Ebony Payne-English
Heather Peters
Andres Rojas
Caleb Sarvis
Sean T. Smith
Mark Stewart
Marisella Veiga
Jeff Whipple

For more information on JaxbyJax, visit jaxbyjax.com or contact Tim Gilmore<mailto:tgilmore@fscj.edu>, FSCJ professor of English, at (904) 616-3884.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 2 – 9 p.m.
Student Showcase: 2 p.m.

Readings of featured writers: 3 – 6 p.m.
Beer:30
Flaire Celebrations
Il Desco Italian Restaurant
Jacksonville Magazine
Riverside Liquors
Silver Cow Watering Hole
Sunday Tattoo Gallery
The Mazer
True-Blue Hair Studio
Whiteway Conference Room

After Party and Book Signing ($10): 6:30 p.m.

TEDxFSCJ Announces Speakers for Art (Re)Defines Us

Jacksonville, FL – TEDxFSCJ is partnering with OneVoice and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville to host a salon that addresses how the many modes of art—painting, poetry, spoken word and historic neighborhoods—contribute to the flourishing of communities. The TEDxFSCJ Salon, “Art (Re)Defines Us,” will take place Wednesday, September 14, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at MOCA Jacksonville.

The theme for this TEDxFSCJ event is to strengthen ongoing conversation about arts, community and public ideals in Jacksonville. Art exercises a tremendous influence over our personal identity and public values. Learning to understand, appreciate and strengthen that influence enriches our lives as individuals. It also helps us take greater responsibility for the character of our communities and determine whether and to what extent our public artistic and cultural spaces embody the principles we profess.

The evening will feature music by The Lyricist LIVE creator Mal Jones, an open mic street party held during the downtown Art Walk, as well as TED Talks, audience discussion and four expert panelists who have made lasting contributions to Jacksonville’s artistic community.

The panelists include:
· Tiffany Melanson
· Ebony Payne-English
· Christina Parrish Stone
· Roosevelt Watson III

The “Art (Re)Defines Us” salon is free to attend. Check-in and live music are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. For more information, or to register, please visit tedxfscj.com.

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