News & Notes 
from your local arts agency 



Andrew Witt, Executive Director at St Johns Cultural Council 


Executive Leadership Forum Teaches Key Leadership Skills to Advance St. Johns Cultural Council  Nationally


Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, is hosting its annual Executive Leadership Forum September 16-19, 2015, in Sundance, Utah.


Andrew Witt, Executive Director at St Johns Cultural Council, will be one of the 20 top-level arts executives gathering to brainstorm, reflect and strategize on the future of arts administration. A wide range of topics-including equity, cultural democracy, community development, and long-term visioning-will be explored through discussions, presentations, and screenings. This year's Executive Leadership Forum is also part of the larger New Community Visions Initiative, currently being conducted by Americans for the Arts, which seeks to work with groups locally and nationally to envision new ways that arts and culture can be integrated into the making and maintaining of healthy, vibrant, equitable communities.


The Executive Leadership Forum is designed to create opportunities for CEOs, executive directors, and senior staff of local arts advancement organizations to focus on long-term thinking, professional growth, and personal renewal. Witt will benefit from seminars on improving overall strategy, handling transitions, and preparing St. Johns Cultural Council and the St. Johns Arts Community to benefit locally from national trends in the arts world.


Witt's participation is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. 


"This opportunity to be included in this prestigious gathering of top arts administrators from across the country is recognition of the cultural development work the Council is undertaking.  This will have lasting impact on our local arts organizations and artists through our new ArtReaches programs and services for residents, but also assist area groups to better address the tourist development aspect of the Council's business plan."


The Executive Leadership Forum is held simultaneously with the Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable. The facilitated conversations, community clinics, and joint sessions with the National Arts Policy Roundtable will be held at Sundance Resort and Preserve. 


For more information on the St Johns Cultural Council, visit

Additional information is available at


Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. 

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"Celebrate St. Augustine" Exhibit Call For Art
Art Association


The St. Augustine Art Association invites member artists to participate in the upcoming "Celebrate St. Augustine" exhibit to be held September 4 - 28, at 22 Marine Street. The juried exhibit, which launches the Association's 92nd season, is part of the  citywide 450th anniversary commemoration.


Click here for entry details


St. Johns County Accepting Applications for Tourist Development Council


The County is seeking applicants who are owners or operators of motels, hotels, or other tourist accommodations subject to the bed tax, or persons involved in tourist related businesses other than accommodations. Applicants must be registered voters in St. Johns County. This council meets at 1:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the St. Johns County Auditorium, 500 San Sebastian View.


For more information or to find an application, please call 904.209.0308 or visit here. Applications are due August 20, 2015 and can be emailed to or mailed to 

St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners

Attn: Thomas Filloramo

500 San Sebastian View

St. Augustine, FL 32084

City of Lions: A Poet's Guide 

This book uses elegant poems, photos, and illustrations to say something extraordinary and memorable about many of St. Augustine's main attractions - from the Castillo de San Marco to the Bridge of Lions, from the Cathedral Basilica to the Villa Zorayda, and from the Flagler College courtyard to the giant statue of David at Ripley's Believe It or Not!, to mention only a few. City of Lions is more than a handy guide to St. Augustine, however. Floridians in this area will find it a perfect gift or souvenir for visitors to the city. 


Lance Carden, a local author, is a former writer and editor for The Christian Science Monitor. He and his wife, Charlene Vincent, are co-authors of Tuscan Retreat, a volume of poetry published in 2013, after a prolonged visit to Italy (available on Amazon). City of Lions is only available at local book stores or gifts shops, including Anastasia Books on King Street, the First Colony shop in Government House (next to the Plaza), the St. Augustine Visitors Center on San Marco, the Flagler College store on St. George Street, and The Bookmark at Neptune Beach.

FREE Full Entertainment Line-Up Announced 

The City of St. Augustine and the 450th Commemoration Group has announced the full line-up of entertainment for Celebration 450! Sept 4-6. The result is more than 60 hours of free entertainment scattered over five stages throughout the historic center of St. Augustine's downtown that will serve up a wide variety of entertainment and cultural programming that will have something for everyone.Click here  to download the full schedule of acts.


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




Artwork may be delivered to the Art Association on Tuesday, September 1, noon to 6pm or Wednesday, September 2, noon to 4pm. The entry fee is $15. STAAA members may enter one piece; all entries will be accepted. Eligible works by member artists may include 2D and 3D pieces in any style that reflect St. Augustine's landscape, people, wildlife, history, culture and more. Works must have been created within the past three years. 


For information about the "Celebrate St. Augustine" exhibit or to join the Association, call (904) 824-2310 or go to



Call to Artists for Paint the Beach Plein Air Art Festival - Fort Myers Beach, FL (Deadline: October 30)

 Planning is well underway for the 6th annual Paint the Beach, a plein air painting competition and art show. This festival is free to the public and will take place on November 2-8, 2015 on Fort Myers Beach. Paint the Beach will present over $3,000 in cash awards and prizes to the Plein Air painters. The first place winner will receive $1000 and a 1/3 page ad in Plein Air Magazine. Second Place winner receives $750 and Third Place $500. Several other cash and prize awards will be given. For more info, visit here . 



50th Annual St. Augustine Art & Craft Festival



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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 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.