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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce the June lineup of Events on the Promenade at Depot Park, which is located at 200 SE Depot Ave., in Gainesville.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce the May lineup of Events on the Promenade at Depot Park, which is located at 200 SE Depot Ave., in Gainesville. Each Friday evening features a family-friendly DJ from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday evenings feature live music from 7-9 p.m. and Sundays feature hands-on arts activities from 2-4 p.m. in the kid’s area. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, shade and blankets to sit and relax.
 May's Schedule
Friday, May 5
7-8:30 p.m.
DJ E-LO returns, bringing a skillful mix of your favorite songs. If audience members don’t hear something they like, they are encouraged to make requests.
Saturday, May 6
7-9 p.m.
Masune plays hip-hop with a Brazilian percussion influence, and brings the beats to the hill. We can’t promise you will be able to sit still.
Sunday, May 7
2-4 p.m.
Are you looking for a fun craft for your kids? These crafts are easy, and your kids will love creating and decorating using their imagination. Materials and supplies are provided by the Music & Arts Program for Youth, Inc.
Friday, May 12
7-8:30 p.m.
Join DJ DAD and his family-friendly roller skating party. Come out and dance - bring your wheels, skates, roller blades, or what have you - to roll around the promenade accompanied by skater dater music. Don’t forget your protective gear!
Saturday, May 13
7-9 p.m.
Paradise in Hand is an alternative rock trio playing originals and cover songs. Rock out on the hill with friends.
Sunday, May 14
2-4 p.m.
Tiger Monkey Puppets by George O’Brien will run a workshop teaching puppet making for all who are interested. All materials will be provided.
Friday, May 19
7-8:30 p.m.
DJ South Beats spins dance mixes and gets the party started. Everyone enjoys the group dances and contests!
Saturday, May 20
7-9 p.m.
Dance on the promenade with Jazz Bandits. This great band will be on the stage by the promenade. It is your opportunity to dance, dance, dance.
Sunday, May 21
2-4 p.m.
Music and Arts Program for Youth, an arts foundation with workshops that emphasizes the fun of art and community, presents “Karaoke for Kids,” which encourages creativity, promotes literacy, builds self-confidence and is the place where kids steal the show!
Friday, May 26
7-8:30 p.m.
This Friday marks the return of DJ E-LO! Regular attendees know that he plays a mix of everyone’s favorite songs, along with lights, games and line dances, new friends are made and fun is had!
Saturday, May 27
7-9 p.m.
Phillip Thomas’ Forever Miles Band brings the sundresses, sandals and shorts Memorial weekend picnic in the park. Classy, colorful dresses and shorts encouraged. Phillip always brings a rousing show!
Sunday, May 28
2-4 p.m.
The Repurpose Project Trash Princess treats kids to repurposed crafts with an educational environmental story included. All materials will be provided.

Young artists (age seven to 18) are invited to join a tradition of artistic excellence and showcase their talent as the 36th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show honors young and aspiring artists in the Young Artist section. 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 local and national artists will display original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, captivating sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography in historic downtown Gainesville. Young Artist applications for the Downtown Festival & Art Show are available upon request at 352-393-8536 or online at www.gainesvilledowntownartfest.org/. The application deadline is July 1, 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.

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.
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