News & Notes 
from your local arts agency 




We are bidding farewell to Jeff Smith, our director of strategic partnerships, as he has accepted a new position as director of arts for Duval County Public Schools (DCPS). Jeff will assume this position after our Moon Over Matanzas Soiree. We thank Jeff for helping us raise money for our local arts programs and thank everyone involved as we move forward.

We wish Jeff all the best and deeply appreciate his hard work and dedication over the past several months. He hopes to continue to remain involved in the work of the St. Johns Cultural Council as a volunteer and supporter. Please join us in wishing him well! 

Moon Over Matanzas Soiree 
Only 35 Tickets Left!

Get your tickets while they're hot! We are almost at capacity so click here to make your reservation for what is sure to be a night to remember for the Arts, St. Johns County and You!
Feria De Abril 
El Galeon


The Feria de Abril of Sevilla is one of the most important festivals in Spain, and will organize on El Galeon to bring you the culture of Spain. Join us at this festival with Live music, show with Fuego Flamenco, complementary drinks and more surprises.


FERIA DE ABRIL is on Saturday, April 25th from 7pm to 8:30pm. Price $35 includes all.


Announcing the Florida Arts Model Schools Designations
Florida Alliance for Arts Education

Congratulations to 2 St. Johns County schools that placed in the top Florida Arts Model Schools Destinations!


  • R.J. Murray Middle School: Theater, Dance & Visual Art
  • St. Augustine High School: Theater & Visual Art
Both are the St. Johns County Center for the Arts schools.

Keys to Success Piano Recital 
Felicia Regan and students from the Keys to Success program will perform a piano recital on Thursday, April 30 at 7 pm in the Lightner Museum pool area. Students from the Homeless Coalition and the St. Luke's AME Project Safe Zone will perform a variety of pieces from their piano instruction repertoire.
Ms. Regan started the Keys to Success program in 2014 with a seed grant from the St. Johns Cultural Council State of the Arts Grant (SOTA) Program. The SOTA grant funded purchase of keyboards and music and Ms. Regan, a retired music teacher, volunteered her time and talents to teach the students basic keyboard techniques and theory. 
Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this unique event in the equally unique venue.


Stroll through St. Augustine
via digital FORUM magazine

Check out what the Florida Humanities Council is saying about St. Augustine:

Our nation's oldest city-St. Augustine-celebrates its 450th anniversary this year. Enjoy our multimedia magazine about how this small, fascinating city deals with six million tourists annually while digging up history, sorting tall (from short) tales, and trying to cope with modern problems.  Access FORUM here. 


St. Augustine Music Festival 
Kickstarter Campaign

The St. Augustine Music Festival is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to fund an orchestral composition celebrating the 450th Anniversary of St. Augustine.  Composer Piotr Szewczyk's four-movement "St. Augustine Suite" for chamber orchestra will be premiered June 27 in the St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica. 


The fund-raising campaign runs through April 27, and may be accessed at
where further details are available.



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Aaron Siskind Foundation Invites Applications for 2015 Indiviual Photographer's Fellowships (Deadline: May 29)

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is accepting applications for the 2015 Individual Photographer's Fellowships. A limited number of fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to artists working in photography and photo-based art. Qualified applicants must provide a portfolio of still photography of any subject matter, genre, or process. For more info, visit here 


Call for Entries for Hardee Center for the Arts 2015 - 2016 Exhibition Season, Madison, FL (Deadline not provided)
 The Hardee Center for the Arts in Madison, Florida is calling for entries for the 2015/16 exhibition season. They are welcoming submissions of all 2D and small 3D works. There is no entry fee and artists are responsible for shipping. For more info and submission guidelines, visit here . Further questions may be directed to Lisa Thompson at (850) 973-1642 or


Call to Performers for Art in Odd Places 2015 (Deadline: May 15)

Art in Odd Places (AiOP) Orlando invites proposals for the Orlando AiOP, a visual and performance public art festival to take place on September 17-20 in downtown Orlando, Florida. AiOP welcomes proposals and artworks that engage and collaborate with the public and public spaces from artists of all disciplines, experiences and mediums. For more info and to apply, visit here . 



Call to Artists for Third Annual Knoxville Photo 2015 in Knoxville, TN (Deadline: April 26)

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for photographic works for its third annual Knoxville Photo 2015. Approximately 40-50 photographic works from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the main gallery of the Emporium Center from June 5-17, 2015. Entries must be original works completed within the last two years in the following categories: The Human Experience, Our Earth, Travel, and Digital Imagination. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to three images. For more info and to apply, visit here.


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Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Accepting Applications for Observers Program (Deadline: May 15)

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation is accepting applications from emerging directors and choreographers to observe the work of master directors and choreographers as they create productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at leading regional theaters across the country. Each observer receives a weekly stipend of at least $225 as well as a project travel stipend. For more info, visit here. 


Harpo Foundation Seeks Applications for New Work Grants (Deadline: April 29)

The Harpo Foundation is inviting Letters of Inquiry for its 2015 New Work Project Grants program. Through the annual program, grants of up to $10,000 are awarded to nonprofit organizations in support of new work by under-recognized artists age 21 or older. The foundation considers proposals that directly support the production of new work by visual artists and/or collaborative teams. For more info, visit here.  



Deadline: May 1, 2015

Romanza's 2015 Scholarships will be awarded to two graduating seniors enrolled at St. Augustine High School or the St. Johns County Center of the Arts who plan to major in performing arts at the college level.  Two $500 scholarships will be awarded this year, and students should contact their Counselor if they are interested in obtaining an Application.

CLICK HERE for Scholarship applications and procedures


National Endowment for the Humanities' Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants (Deadline: May 5)

  Preservation and Access Education and Training grants are awarded to organizations that offer national or regional (multistate) education and training programs. Grants aim to help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. For more info and to apply, visit here. Further questions may be directed to NEH's Division of Preservation and Access at (202) 606-8570 or


Artisan Job at the Museum of Florida History (Deadline: April 24) The Museum of Florida History is looking for a conscientious, detail-oriented person to join their exhibit fabrication team. Applicants should have at least three years professional experience in woodworking, cabinetry, carpentry, sculpture or similar field, with a wide range of skills. Museum experience preferred but not required. For more info, visit here


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Nicholas Simmons Three Day Workshop in Watercolor and Acrylics (May 1)

Sponsored by the Tallahassee Watercolor Society in conjunction with the 27th Annual Tri-State Juried Water Media Exhibition, renowned artist Nicholas Simmons will be hosting a three day workshop in watercolor and acrylics on May 1. The cost is $350 for TWS members and $380 for non-members. The workshop will be held at Workforce Bldg., Campus of Tallahassee Community College. For more info, contact Deb Morningstar at or (850) 264-6540. 

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Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre (FOSAA) is looking for volunteers for our second annual Children's Arts Festival, Sunday, May 17th from 10 AM - 3PM. We promise a fun day greeting the public and working with members of the arts community as they engage children in music, art, theatre and dance. For further information about signing up, please contact Sue Green at


The Rotary Club of Coastal St. Johns is having a Rotary volunteer day at Project Swing Park. 
Contact Justin Breidenstein for details at


A Classic Act Theatre
For Ushers, Stage Manager, concessions, technical as well as many other opportunities - any age (male or female)
If you'd like to be part of any of our productions, please contact us at  We'd love to have you join us.

The Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference


The Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference is planning an exciting and ambitious year and needs volunteers to plan and participate in several areas including Marketing, the Writer's Conference, and Special Events.  For more information, please email Dr. Jim Wilson at






Creative Capital webinars. 

 Visit PDP's Online Calendar for a complete list of upcoming webinars and dates. Select webinars are now available on demand! View all offerings. 


It may take 2- 5 days for your event to appear on the calendar
so we suggest submitting at least
2 weeks before your event.

 State of the Arts License Plate Grants

Two opportunities to apply:

due April and October of each year.


Drive the Arts License Plate

Arts Micro-Grants 



 All of the money from the State of the Arts License plates sold in St. Johns County is returned to our county.


The St Johns Cultural Council uses that money  to fund 
for non-profit organizations,
 individual artists, and teachers. 
For more information visit:
 The Cultural Council is funded in part by:




and through the generous support of our stakeholders.