News & Notes 
from your local arts agency 



'A Great Gatsby Affair' 


You're greeted by a champagne reception in a room of decor modeled after the 1920s, live jazz music is filling the air, an amazing spread of heavy 

hors d'oeuvres is in view, and elegantly dressed people are mingling over a few drinks...Are You Going To Be Experiencing This Feeling?!


Saturday, June 13th. 7-10 pm. $55. 

Click on the link for more info and to buy tickets


See you there!


All proceeds will benefit local non-profits, The St. Augustine Community School for Performing Arts (SACSPA) and The St. Johns Cultural Council (SJCC).



St. Johns County District 1 Commissioner Meet and Greet

James K. Johns, St. Johns County Commissioner, is hosting a District 1 Meet and Greet from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 15 at the St. Johns County Northwest Annex, 725 Flora Branch Blvd. The meeting will provide District 1 residents with the opportunity to meet Commissioner Johns and provide feedback regarding county programs, initiatives, facilities, and other topics not currently on a Board of County Commission agenda. Residents of District 1 are cordially invited to attend and participate in the informal question and answer session and provide Commissioner Johns with insight into what they believe are the priorities for their district and St. Johns County as a whole. Commissioner Johns will also schedule similar meetings in the other four county districts in the near future. For additional information, please call 904.209.0301.

ST. AUGUSTINE JUNE 28-30, 2015

Film Florida's Annual Meeting including elections will take place on Sunday, June 28 - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement in the continental United States.



Show your Spirit for the 450th Commemoration!

The City of St. Augustine is encouraging downtown residents and businesses to decorate their locations in celebration of the City's 450th Anniversary. And to help, the city is offering locals the opportunity to purchase bunting and Spanish flags at a reduced cost negotiated through the city's bid purchasing process. You can review items available for purchase and unit costs on the flier here. Please allow a minimum of two to three weeks for delivery once an order has been placed.

To ensure the correct pricing is honored when placing an order, please reference BID #GS2015-14. The corresponding color codes are: RED #186C and YELLOW #116C.


The Spanish Flag referenced in the bid can be found at: 

All orders must be directed to:AGAS Manufacturing, Jacklyn Liberman, 866-269-3524 ext 6505 or at
For more information contact Sharon Whitener, CPPB, FCCM, FCCN, Purchasing Manager, City of St. Augustine at 904-209-4305 or


Saint Augustine Ballet to Hold Auditions for The Nutcracker
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Location: Abella's School of Dance. 

1711 Lakeside Avenue, Unit 9, in Saint Augustine, Florida 32084. All dancers, male and female, who are currently studying ballet are encouraged and invited to try out for a part. Auditions are open to all students of ballet regardless of dance studio affiliations. For audition  info visit!auditions/chc2


Audition for High School Musical Limelight Theatre Camp

Summer camp June 15-July 10

Auditions: Monday, June 15

Sing along to "We're All in This Together" and "Get'cha Head in the Game" during High School Musical Summer Camp at Limelight Theatre.

Six through twelfth graders can become students at East High for the summer! Students will audition on the first day of camp, learn choreography, music and blocking, rehearse, and perform in Disney's popular show! To register, call 904-825-1164, ext. 16, email, or pay online here.

2 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, *No camp on Friday, July 3. $450 per student
(costumes included!)

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Call to Writers for SCENE in Wakulla (June 26 & 27)

Palaver Tree Theatre Company is gearing up for the SCENE in Wakulla Festival. At least one more script by an emerging playwright is being sought out to be added to the fest roster. Join playwrights, actors, and filmmakers as they jump-start the creative energies of this small southern town. For more info, visit here


Call to Artists for Last Exit: Painting at The Bakehouse Art Complex - Miami, FL (Deadline: August 1)

The Bakehouse Art Complex offers affordable studio and shared workshop spaces, artist advancement and exhibition opportunities to professional emerging and mid-career artists. For its September exhibition, Last Exit: Painting, artists are invited to submit artworks addressing painting and its current relevance. The exhibition will be held in the Audrey Love Gallery (561 NW 32nd St. Miami, FL 33127). Entry fee is $10.50. For more info, visit here


Call to Artists for American Craft Today: Glass - Highlands, NC (Deadline: July 3)

On view September 5 through December 6, 2015, this juried exhibition showcases art glass produced by America's most skilled and visionary craftspeople. Any type of glass art is eligible as long as the primary medium is glass. The juror is Melissa George Post. A total of $5,500 will be awarded. Exhibition will be held at The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts (323 Franklin Road Highlands, NC 28741). For more info, visit  here. 


Call to Artists for The Decatur Artway - Decatur, GA (Deadline: June 22)

The Decatur Artway kicks off this year as Decatur's outdoor art gallery, featuring five selected sculptures scattered throughout the downtown square. Sculptures will be displayed on temporary loan for two years, creating a dynamic rotating collection of public art around town. Selected artists will be awarded an honorarium of $2000. The installed work may be available for sale. Artwork sold as a result of the Decatur Artway will be subjet to a 20% commission, which will be deducted from the purchase price and retained by the Decatur Arts Alliance. For more info, visit here


Call to Artists for Embracing Our Differences 2016 - Sarasota & Bradenton, FL (Deadline: January 4)

Embracing Our Differences invites all artists to participate in its 13th annual outdoor art exhibit celebrating diversity and inclusion. 39 artists will be selected, and national and international submissions are encouraged. Final selections will be made by a three-judge panel of professional artists, curators, and art professionals and based on artistic excellence and originality in the reflection of the theme "enriching lives through diversity." $3,000 in awards will be presented. There is no submission fee nor limit on the number of entries. The exhibition will be held in April and May at Sarasota's Island Park  and Bradenton's Riverwalk. For more info, visit here 


Call to Artists for Space Coast Art Festival Poster Contest - Port Canaveral, FL (Deadline: August 17)

The Space Coast Art Festival is accepting submissions for its poster contest. All work must be unpublished, original art created since

2013. Artwork can be any reproducible two-dimensional work

(painting, drawing, photograph, mixed media, etc.) The winning design will also be reproduced on a T-shirt and may be used in Space Coast Art Festival advertising materials. For more info, visit here. 


Call to Artists for Melbourne Main Street Mural Contest - Melbourne, FL (Deadline: June 30)

 Melbourne Main Street welcomes all artists to the 2015 "Paint the Town" Mural contest. Their goal is to transform Downtown Melbourne into a vibrant art destination with help from the local art community. They will be accepting submissions from now until June 30th, 2015. All murals are set to be complete by Friday, September 25th, 2015, when there will be an official unveiling and artist reception. Submit as a team, with your class, or on your own. For more info, visit  here. 



Call to Visual Artists for 2015 Miami Photo Salon Second Edition, Miami, FL (Deadline: August 8)

Miami Photo Salon is an International Photography Festival that takes place during Art Basel week every year. The goal of this project is to create a salon-style event for photographers to showcase and exhibit work to huge international audiences. This event will take place at Spectrum Art Fair in Downtown Miami, where foot traffic between visiting art fairs will bring in thousands of visitors. Dates for the event: December 1-6, 2015. Entry fee is $45 and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Multiple entries or different bodies of work are allowed, as well as collaborations. For more info, visit here. 

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Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence June Events (June 17 - 25)

The Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence will be hosting two more events this month: Creating a Succession Plan for your Nonprofit (June 17), and Managing a Multigenerational Workplace (June 25). All events will be held at the TCC Capitol Center, 300 West Pensacola Street Tallahassee, FL 32301. For more info, visit here


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The Saint Augustine Film Festival will be returning for the 6th year in January 2016. Volunteers are needed to help plan for this exciting event located around Downtown Saint Augustine. Reliable volunteers will help plan and participate in many areas of the festival, including: special events, marketing, sponsorship, and more! Please contact Caroyln Smith at if interested. Make sure to Like and Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. #staugfilmfest"



The St. Augustine Historical Society Research Library is looking for volunteers with computer experience to help archive their photo collection. Volunteers scan and document the images so they can be added to the online catalog. Other computer related projects are available as well. For more information contact: Debra Willis at or call (904)825-2333.

The Research Library is located in the Segui Kirby-Smith House (the old public library) on Aviles Street.  Parking for library volunteers is at the Oldest House on Charlotte and St. Francis Street.


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.


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.  


June Webinars for Artists: Applying for Grants and Residencies, Real Life Budgeting and More (June 4 - 22)

Creative Capital is inviting artists of all disciplines to participate in their summer webinars, which will cover topics such as Real Life Budgeting, Applying for Grants and Residencies, Artists Raising Kids, and Social Media. Webinars are $25 each and are interactive, allowing time for participants to ask questions. For more info, visit here.     


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.