News & Notes 
from your local arts agency 



The Arts Culture and Heritage Grants for FY 2016 have been scored by the Funding Panel and will go to the Tourist Development Council for recommendation to the County Commission on August 24th. 

2015-16 Bed Tax Grant Requests 

Are you a St. Johns County Artist? 
Artist Registry

Make it easy to be found! Add yourself, no matter what genre, to our growing population of artists throughout the county.


It's free, easy and accessible to many who need your expertise. Simply click on the link and create your profile!

Call to Artists: JAX Airport Fine Art Exhibitions 

(Deadline: Rolling)


The Jacksonville International Airport Arts Commission invites artists to apply for temporary exhibitions at the Jacksonville International Airport (JIA). The Arts Commission is committed to showing the work of professional fine artists and emerging artists from the service region of JAX. Visit

  or contact Allie Gloe,

for more information.


St. Augustine Film Festival 
January 29-31, 2016

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



Florida Keys Council of the Arts is issuing their semi-annual RFQ to qualify artists for proposals.  They have several opportunities coming up.


Tampa International Airport has a $3.5 million project with a September 14 deadline. The call will be launched August 17th on CaFÉ: For more information visit





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



904.824.2310  --


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.