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Surely you jest? No, it's true! Jest Fest!, a free, fun, family-friendly event produced by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, returns Sunday, April 9 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Historic Thomas Center and Gardens. Now in its fifth season, Jest Fest! features a stellar lineup of international stars, performing some of the world's greatest comedy/variety and circus acts on five stages. There are even more roving entertainers, food and merchandise vendors and kids' activities located throughout the gardens.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/27/2017
Gainesville’s 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative and Bulla Cubana, the Cuban arts and culture festival that has been taking place throughout the area, have retained a talented duo of Cuban-born artists to create a spectacular mural to commend the recent change in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

Leading the 352walls project is internationally-acclaimed artist Juan Travieso, who was raised in the U.S. and travels the world creating murals and other works of art. Joining Travieso is Miguel Machado, who has lived in Havana, Cuba all his life and has been singled out as one of the most talented emerging visual artists of his generation. Both are successful millennials who are passionate about street art. Their creation complements 352walls’ mission to position Gainesville as a vibrant cultural destination, stimulate urban renewal, foster tourism and economic development, beautify the urban landscape, boost community pride and serve as a platform for urban art studies.

The public is invited to stop by the Walker Furniture store, located at 113 NW Eighth Ave. in downtown Gainesville, to meet and watch Travieso and Machado, the new “Duo Cubano,” as they design and create their mural Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 between 1-5 p.m.

The 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative is produced by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, Cultural Affairs Manager Russell Etling and 352walls Project Coordinator Raquel Vallejo. The 352walls curatorial committee includes Anne Gilroy, Bill Bryson, Craig O’Neil, Julia Morrisroe and Kerry Oliver-Smith.

The 352walls/Gainesville Urban Art Initiative is supported by the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, the Gainesville-Alachua County Art in Public Places Trust, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Council on Arts and Culture, University of Florida School of the Arts + Art History, Gainesville Florida Community Design Center, Gainesville Arts & Parks Foundation, Artwalk Gainesville, National Institute of Urban Art, Héctor Framing & Gallery, Bulla Cubana and more.

To view images of Duo Cubano’s artwork created by Juan Travieso and Miguel Machado, visit https://flic.kr/s/aHskSPPf4S.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
3/8/2017

Join a tradition of artistic excellence by submitting an artist application for the 36th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show. Recognized as one of the top fine art shows in the country, the festival is sponsored by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. On Saturday, Nov. 11, and Sunday, Nov. 12, more than 240 artists will display original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, captivating sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography in historic downtown Gainesville. They will compete for $22,000 in cash prizes and purchase awards. Applications for the Downtown Festival & Art Show are available upon request at 352-393-8536 or online at www.gvlculturalaffairs.org. The application deadline is Thursday, May 4, 2017.

Municipal Minutes is an electronic newsletter for the community. The monthly e-newsletter provides information about upcoming activities, projects and events in the City of Gainesville. For more information about this e-newsletter, please contact the Communications Office at 334-5017.
Municipal Minutes is an electronic newsletter for the community. The monthly e-newsletter provides information about upcoming activities, projects and events in the City of Gainesville. For more information about this e-newsletter, please contact the Communications Office at 334-5017.
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department announces its schedule of events honoring this year’s Black History month. The programming celebrates the remarkable contributions African-Americans have made both to the history of the nation and to Gainesville itself. Ranging from performances by nationally-recognized artists to the opening of an important new cultural facility and community center, all events are free and open to the public. The event schedule may also be viewed at www.BlackHistoryGNV.org.
Posted by: Rawson, Laura
1/12/2017

The Thomas Center Galleries announce the opening of the 82°W / Six Degrees of Separation exhibit, part of the citywide Bulla Cubana celebration. From Friday, Jan. 20 through Saturday, March 25, the Historic Thomas Center’s Main Gallery will feature the engaging art of eight of Havana’s young artists. Their art addresses themes that shape their lives: the geopolitical influences on their creative roots, issues of family and emigration from their native island, an avid commitment to aesthetics and artistic execution, history and heritage, and the quest to express their cultural perspective with the world.

Posted by: Rawson, Laura
12/21/2016
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The Communications Office is pleased to announce the finalists of the Eighth Annual Gainesville Photography Contest. A total of 24 finalists were selected from more than 230 submissions. Finalists include: Reflection by Michael Franklin, Hidden Spider by Michael Franklin, Menagerie in Motion Shark by Nicole Gilbo, Depot Park Splash Pad by Nicole Gilbo, Crazy Cats by Kimber Greenwood, Bubble Bath by Kimber Greenwood, A Horse and the Girl That Loves Him by Kimber Greenwood, Early Morning on Newnans Lake by Howard Hall, Sunrise over Newnans Lake by Arie Havelaar, Arcane Angel by Arie Havelaar, Fritillary the Day Away by Carl Henriksen, Jr., Morning Dew by Carl Henriksen, Jr., Helix East by Carl Henriksen, Jr., Gator Spirit by Dev Lee, Sturm and Palm in the Sunshine State by Suzanna Mars, The Other Magic Kingdom by Suzanna Mars, In the Name of Science by Suzanna Mars, Neon Pawn by Marcela Martinez, Giving Light by Marcela Martinez, Gillig Army by William McCombie, An Evening at Kanapaha by William McCombie, Rowers by Diane Raum, Great Egret in Flight by Fred Wasmer and Who Says No Fall in Florida? by Afnan Zarief.

Municipal Minutes is an electronic newsletter for the community. The monthly e-newsletter provides information about upcoming activities, projects and events in the City of Gainesville. For more information about this e-newsletter, please contact the Communications Office at 334-5017.

Gainesville transforms into a masterful blend of art, music and entertainment during the 35th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show, one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine arts festivals. Presented by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA), the festival draws a crowd of more than 100,000 visitors each year. On Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m.-4p.m., visitors can meet the exhibiting artists, enjoy live music and sample international cuisine.

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