News & Notes 
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The Nation's Oldest City presents Fireworks Over The Matanzas on Saturday, July 4.  


6 p.m.

The All Star Orchestra performs a two-hour show at the Plaza de la Constitución

8:30 p.m.

Rerouting of traffic prohibiting vehicular traffic on the Bridge of Lions, Avenida Menendez and South Castillo Drive in order to accommodate pedestrians.

9:30 p.m.

Fireworks Over the Matanzas, a 20-minute fireworks extravaganza over Matanzas Bay   


Additional parking lots will be available throughout the city and on Anastasia Island for parking along with Park & Bike lots. See the list of lots at

 Download the parking map here.  


Complete information about the July 4th event is available at


                      Happy 4th from all of us here at SJCC!

The VCB is always pitching ideas to media about our destination. If you have an arts, culture or heritage newsworthy item to share, please send your information to Kathy Catron at 

Storytelling for Grown-ups at the Library! 


WHAT:  "Remembering: Stories on a Summer Afternoon"

WHO:  Tale Tellers of Saint Augustine Ensemble'

WHEN:  Saturday, July 25; 3:30 PM.

WHERE:  Anastasia Branch Library

               124 Sea Grove Main Street

               St. Augustine Beach 32080

INFO:  904-471-0179 or 386-446-4909

Free & Open to the Public

Recommended for aged 12 years & over.


The Tale Tellers of St. Augustine, a non-profit organization of cultural and educational orientation, was founded in 1993 to promote the art and perpetuate the tradition of storytelling.  Dedicated to community enrichment, the guild promotes the art of storytelling by sponsoring its membership in performance.  Guests and new members are invited to meetings, 7 PM, second Mondays, except July.  Information:  904-471-0179.

Abella's School of Dance Offers Adult Tap Class 

Starting August 19th

Have you always wanted to learn how to tap dance but could never think of a good reason to start?  The benefits of tap are many.  It helps develop stamina, coordination, and flexibility plus it's a lot of fun!

The weekly adult tap class from 

6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. costs $65 per month. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and classes are open to both new and experienced dancers. Pre-registration is recommended. Email your name and phone number to

or call 904-810-5670. 

Abella's School of Dance is located at 1711 Lakeside Avenue #9, in Saint Augustine, FL. For more information about Abella's visit their website at

Series of town halls will offer the community Celebrate 450! Q&A opportunities


As the days countdown to Celebrate 450! the city has announced a series of  community town halls that offer opportunities for one-on-one question-and-answer sessions regarding the event. Celebrate 450! is the five-day long, culminating event of St. Augustine's 450th Commemoration scheduled for September 4-8, 2015.


Celebrate 450! planning teams have put massive work into nailing down the details, but welcoming neighborhood residents and merchant input is vital to ensure a successful event. All the town halls are open to the public and have been set in various locations to promote access by all of the community.

  • Visitor Information Center will be on Tuesday, July 7 at 6:00pm, and
  • Blackfly Restaurant, Anastasia Blvd on Tuesday, July 14 at 5:30pm.

For more information about the town halls, contact Julee Cooke at 904.209.3460 or

History is in Your Hands 
Friday, July 3

Arts Consulting Group seeks candidate recommendations for the position of Executive Director of the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Click here to learn more


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


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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 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 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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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.  



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.