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Cultural Council Invites Artists, Hipsters, Yuccies, and Business Leaders Alike to an Evening of Fun and Culture at the 43rd Annual Arts Awards LEAP Gala on September 7

“Creative” Black-Tie Event Promises to be “Best Ever”

Published Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville will honor the top promoters of our city’s arts industry at its 43rd Annual Arts Awards LEAP black-tie gala on September 7. The 2019 honorees will be revealed during the awards ceremony featuring visual art, captivating entertainment, delicious food, drinks and desserts, with music and dancing.


“Our creative black-tie gala promises to be the best ever,” said Joy Young, executive director of the Cultural Council. “It is the city’s premier “chic” event where we celebrate the people in Jacksonville who advocate and support the arts the most.”


Attendees are encouraged to dress creative for the event which has been likened to the Met Gala in New York but with a Jacksonville twist. Food will be catered by Biscotti’s, and entertainment will be provided by DJ Nick Fresh and the Douglas Anderson Jazz ensemble. Signature cocktails will be provided by Manifest Distillery. The event comes with a silent auction featuring objects d’art as well as hands-on craft experiences, such as glass blowing and canvas painting, with local artists.


“If you want an authentic Jacksonville arts experience, this is it,” added Young. “Come dressed to impress, and be prepared to network among the artists, hipsters, yuccies, and business leaders of Jacksonville.”


The gala is the final event of the Cultural Council’s four-day celebration of LEAP, (Leading, Engaging, Activating, and Partnering), which includes symposiums and a series of public arts tours by foot, bus, and bike that runs September 4-7.


The Cultural Council Board of Directors will host a VIP invitation only sponsor reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. The 43rd Annual Arts Awards LEAP gala is 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturday, September 7, 2019, at the Eight Forty One Building, formerly the Aetna Building, and hosted by Tenikka Hughes, anchor for CBS47 & FOX30 Action News Jax. Funds raised from LEAP allow the Cultural Council to provide mission-driven programs for artists, youth, and arts and cultural organizations.

Tickets and sponsorships are available at



Joy Young

(904) 358-3600