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Cultural Council's 43rd Annual Arts Awards

Published Friday, July 19, 2019

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville invites you to experience the celebration of arts and culture on Saturday, September 7, 2019. The winners of the 43rd Annual Arts Awards will be announced during an inspired awards ceremony that will honor and celebrate the creativity in Jacksonville. Enjoy amazing food and drink; honor those who have made a difference in our arts and cultural community, and dance the night away on the St. Johns riverfront. Sponsorship packages are still available which include a VIP reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. Early bird tickets for State of the Arts and the Arts Awards are on sale until August 1, 2019 and can be purchased online at or by calling 904.358.3600 x19. Special discounts are available for Artists/students at $85. Patron tickets are $125. The event is being held in the One Call atrium and riverfront at 841 Prudential Drive.


This year’s Arts Award nominees include:


Helen Lane Founders Award 


Sarah Boone - Barbara Colaciello - Christina Parrish Stone


Robert Arleigh White Award for Advocacy 


Hope McMath - Suzanne Pickett - Melissa Ross

Art Educator of the Year Award 

Jenny Hager - Erin Kendrick - Donald Zentz


The Art of Giving Award 


Donald Bowden - Michael Greene


Art Innovator Award 


Bebe Deluxe - Nicole Holderbaum - Keith Marks

Community Impact Award


Art Republic - Jacksonville Public Library - Jon McGowan


Special Recognition Awards


Lifetime Service to the Arts

Hugh & Susan Greene


Cultural Heritage Icon

Ritz Theater and Lavilla Museum


The Cultural Council is taking a leap. This year the Cultural Council has planned four days of arts and cultural activities with LEAP - Lead, Engage, Advocate, Partner events - September 4-7 that include free public art tours, Art Awareness Day, and the annual State of the Arts regional conference, all leading up to the 43rd Annual Arts Awards on September 7.  Joy Young, executive director of the Cultural Council, said she anticipates more than 350 attendees at the 43rd Annual Arts Awards, including representatives from corporate sponsors, cultural partners, artists, arts and cultural supporters, families, staff, and board members.

“For the past 43 years, the Cultural Council has honored people who advocate for and champion arts and culture in Jacksonville,” says Young. "With LEAP we continue that tradition, while we also attend to our mission of enriching life in Northeast Florida by investing in arts and culture. LEAP is about leading and engaging new partners to implement services that support artist development, paid cultural internships for youth, grants for organizations, and other unique community programs. LEAP signals that we embrace our role as stewards of public dollars, even as we advocate for more dollars to fund art and culture.  LEAP also is an invitation to the community to participate in all of the arts and cultural activities that Jacksonville has to offer. We are prepared to leap, and fundraising through LEAP is critical to fulfilling our mission. Support the Cultural Council; LEAP with us!”  

To become a sponsor, contact Chelsey Cain at or call 904.358.3600 ext.19.   


About the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s mission is to enrich life in Northeast Florida by investing in arts and culture.  As Jacksonville’s local arts agency and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Cultural Council is dedicated to leading, engaging, advocating, and partnering to ensure arts and culture are accessible and vibrant in our city (LEAP).  Cultural Council programming provides public art in parks and neighborhoods; critical grant funding to Jacksonville arts and cultural organizations that return $85M to the local economy; quality arts education to 300,000 youth; employment for 60 students from underserved neighborhoods; and equipping artists as small business.