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Jacksonville Arts: Art Scene in Jacksonville

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Jacksonville, located in Northeast Florida, is the largest city in the state, both in population and land area. It has a history steeped in the arts, first as a mainstay for filmmakers in the 1920’s, and later as the launching pad for such musical artists as Pat Boon, the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Limp Bizkit, Yellowcard, and Shinedown. While visiting Jacksonville, be sure to take a stroll in one of it’s more than 337 parks, or on one of its amazing Riverwalks.

Arts Info

  • jacksonville.com—Entertainment news and reviews delivered by way of blogs, columns, and photo features in the web version of The Florida Times-Union
  • Downtown Jacksonville—Great “Things To Do” section and other useful information about the cultural and entertainment center of Northeast Florida
  • experienceJax.com—Excellent events calendar provided by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.

Art Museums

Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville

Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville

MOCA Jacksonville’s permanent collection, which focuses on art from 1960 to the present, is made up of 800 works that represent a diverse array of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, and printmaking. Robert Rauschenberg, Alexander Calder, Hans Hoffman, and Helen Frankenthaler are among the distinguished contemporary artists represented in the collection. The ArtExplorium Loft brings modern art alive for children with interactive …more…

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

The art of man meets the art of nature at The Cummer Museum, located on the banks of the St. John’s River. The institution’s stunning gardens, which have been influenced by such distinguished landscapers as Ossian Cole Simonds and the Olmsted firm over the years, boast fountains, sculptures, and reflecting pools in addition to its horticultural wonders. As for the museum, it has …more…

Classical Music

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

The Jacksonville Symphony, founded in 1949, reaches hundreds of thousands of Florida’s music lovers every year. Led my music director Fabio Mechetti, the symphony calls the Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts its home. The JSO also reaches out beyond the Symphony Hall, touring nationally, performing in the community, and introducing young people to classical music through its …more…

Jazz

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Although the free Jacksonville Jazz Festival has gone through some changes over the last few years (sometimes having to scale back and even charge admission), this popular festival has attracted many great names in jazz, such as Roberta Flack, Chris Botti, and the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Sprawling out around Jacksonville, the fest features music performances in theaters, public spaces, churches, businesses, and even vacant buildings, …more…

Multi-Arts Festivals

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival (Fernandina Beach, FL)

(May – June) The festival’s repertoire consists of a healthy mix of classic and modern composers – Chopin, Schubert, Brahms, Fritz Kreisler, and Philip Glass among them.

Past performers at the festival have include the Eroica Trio, soprano Jessica Rivera, the Juilliard String Quartet, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, violinist Gil Shaham, and the Ying Quartet. As part of the festival’s educational outreach, the Beth Newdome Resident Festival Artists Program instructs student musicians. …more…

World of Nations Celebration

World of Nations Celebration

This multicultural festival is held every year at Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park, and features the cultural and artistic traditions of such diverse countries as China, India, Israel, Kenya, Spain, Turkey, and many others. Notable events include a Naturalization Ceremony and the Parade of Flags. Other cultural experiences involve music, folk dancing, international foods, crafts, and more. ...more...

Venues

Florida Theatre

Florida Theatre

The historic Florida Theatre has been Jacksonville’s home for entertainment and culture since 1927. The venue hosts opera, ballet, a variety of performance events, touring shows, and concerts in every musical genre, not to mention charity, business, and educational functions. Special events like Uncommon Music and JAXROX spotlight talented local musicians, and Art After Dark showcases the work of area visual artists.

Florida …more…

The Artists Series at Florida State College

The Artists Series at Florida State College

The Artist Series has been Northeast Florida’s main source for the performing arts since 1966.  Specializing in Broadway theatre productions, the Artist Series is the professional arts presenting arm of Florida State University.  It is a member of the Broadway League and is recognized as a major cultural institution by the state of Florida.

In addition to its Broadway in Jacksonville …more…

Art Museums

Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville

Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville

MOCA Jacksonville’s permanent collection, which focuses on art from 1960 to the present, is made up of 800 works that represent a diverse array of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, and printmaking. Robert Rauschenberg, Alexander Calder, Hans Hoffman, and Helen Frankenthaler are among the distinguished contemporary artists represented in the collection. The ArtExplorium Loft brings modern art alive for children with interactive …more…

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

The art of man meets the art of nature at The Cummer Museum, located on the banks of the St. John’s River. The institution’s stunning gardens, which have been influenced by such distinguished landscapers as Ossian Cole Simonds and the Olmsted firm over the years, boast fountains, sculptures, and reflecting pools in addition to its horticultural wonders. As for the museum, it has …more…

Classical Music

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

The Jacksonville Symphony, founded in 1949, reaches hundreds of thousands of Florida’s music lovers every year. Led my music director Fabio Mechetti, the symphony calls the Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts its home. The JSO also reaches out beyond the Symphony Hall, touring nationally, performing in the community, and introducing young people to classical music through its …more…

Jazz

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Although the free Jacksonville Jazz Festival has gone through some changes over the last few years (sometimes having to scale back and even charge admission), this popular festival has attracted many great names in jazz, such as Roberta Flack, Chris Botti, and the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Sprawling out around Jacksonville, the fest features music performances in theaters, public spaces, churches, businesses, and even vacant buildings, …more…

Multi-Arts Festivals

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival (Fernandina Beach, FL)

(May – June) The festival’s repertoire consists of a healthy mix of classic and modern composers – Chopin, Schubert, Brahms, Fritz Kreisler, and Philip Glass among them.

Past performers at the festival have include the Eroica Trio, soprano Jessica Rivera, the Juilliard String Quartet, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, violinist Gil Shaham, and the Ying Quartet. As part of the festival’s educational outreach, the Beth Newdome Resident Festival Artists Program instructs student musicians. …more…

World of Nations Celebration

World of Nations Celebration

This multicultural festival is held every year at Jacksonville’s Metropolitan Park, and features the cultural and artistic traditions of such diverse countries as China, India, Israel, Kenya, Spain, Turkey, and many others. Notable events include a Naturalization Ceremony and the Parade of Flags. Other cultural experiences involve music, folk dancing, international foods, crafts, and more. ...more...

Venues

Florida Theatre

Florida Theatre

The historic Florida Theatre has been Jacksonville’s home for entertainment and culture since 1927. The venue hosts opera, ballet, a variety of performance events, touring shows, and concerts in every musical genre, not to mention charity, business, and educational functions. Special events like Uncommon Music and JAXROX spotlight talented local musicians, and Art After Dark showcases the work of area visual artists.

Florida …more…

The Artists Series at Florida State College

The Artists Series at Florida State College

The Artist Series has been Northeast Florida’s main source for the performing arts since 1966.  Specializing in Broadway theatre productions, the Artist Series is the professional arts presenting arm of Florida State University.  It is a member of the Broadway League and is recognized as a major cultural institution by the state of Florida.

In addition to its Broadway in Jacksonville …more…