Thursday, January 14, 2021

WJCT 2021 national PBS Kids writer contest

WJCT Public Media this week announced the launch of the 2021 WJCT PBS Kids Writers Contest. The organization will accept entries from January 1 through March 15, 2021. 

Starting its 27th year, the annual contest invites students in grade K-3 to submit their original writing and illustrations. The 2020 contest collected over 200 stories from Florida, Georgia, and other parts of the country as far away as California and Alaska.

The annual contest is an initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning and is open to any child in grades K-3 who writes and illustrates their own story.

All writers and illustrators, who enter and meet the requirements of the contest, will have their work published online at and receive a certificate. First-, second- and third-place awards will be presented for stories from each grade level; winners will also receive a WJCT PBS Kids prize pack, the opportunity to create a video reading of their story and an invitation to share their story live at Be My Neighbor Day on Saturday, May 9. Winning stories will be eligible for the People’s Choice grand prize, a $100 savings bond.

“WJCT Public Media is proud to provide a platform for our youngest neighbors to share their unique stories through the WJCT PBS Kids Writers Contest,” said David McGowan, President and CEO of WJCT. “Through this contest, we hope to inspire students and their communities to experience the joy of creativity.”

For more information, including official rules and tools to help students create their stories, visit their website

About WJCT: WJCT is the community-owned and operated public media organization serving Jacksonville and the First Coast since 1958, using television, radio, digital media, and live events to help community members learn, share, and grow. For more information on WJCT’s in-depth programming content, log on to WJCT Online. Like WJCT on Facebook and follow WJCT on Twitter (@WJCTJax) and Instagram (@WJCTJax).

About PBS KIDS: PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video app is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as YouTube, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Cummer Museum safely functions during January 2021

The Museum, in partnership with The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, is curating a retrospective exhibition to celebrate the “30th Anniversary of the Art Ventures Fund”. Thirty artists have been selected to include one work — one for each year of Art Ventures grantmaking. Art Ventures is an endowed fund at The Community Foundation, launched in 1990 through a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts that was matched by generous local donors. The fund makes grants annually to individual artists and small arts organizations so recipients can explore or refine the next level of their craft, with more than $1.4 million invested since its inception.

Upcoming Events & Programs:

Culture and Conversation: The Invincible Garden Ladies, a virtual lecture with Abra Lee, renowned horticulturist and founder of Conquer the Soil and BIPOC Working Hort Group
Thursday, Jan. 14 @ 7 p.m. Free | Registration required. Sponsored by Joan and Jim Van Vleck.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Virtual and In-Person Experiences Monday, Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free | Registration required. Sponsored by The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida's Presidential Grants Program.

Virtual Lecture with guest curator, Susan Gallo, on the Museum's, Eugène-Louis Charvot, highlighting the artist's works in our collection Thursday, Jan. 21 @7 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Art Ventures Programming: In partnership with The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, the Museum is hosting special programming with Art Ventures grant recipients on select Free Friday nights. Visitors will enjoy poetry readings, spoken word, musical performances, and more. Friday, Jan. 15 Tiffany Melanson | Mal Jones Friday, Jan. 29 Rebecca Levy | Hurley Winkler 5 to 8 p.m. | Free Admission registration required.

Hiromi Moneyhun, Bonsai, papercut. Art Ventures 30th Anniversary Exhibition Education Slow Art Wednesdays: Take a fun and mindful break Wednesday, Jan. 13 & Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 12 to 12:30 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Acrylic Painting for beginner/intermediate levels with artist Allison Watson: Six-week, in-studio classes Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17  from 1 to 4 p.m. Members $270, Non-Members $360, Registration required.

Basic Drawing for beginner/intermediate levels with artist William McMahan: Six-week, in-studio classes; Jan. 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Members $270, Non-Members $360. Registration required.

Family Experience: Interactive Virtual Tour: Topic: Art Ventures 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Friday, Jan. 15 @6 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Museum Friends: Play-filled activities for art lovers ages 3-5: Multi-week, virtual class for a child and favorite adult. Topic: Laugh Lines Jan. 16, 23, 30 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Members $60 per pair. Non-Members $75 per pair Registration required.

Artist Expressions: Drawing, painting and more for art lovers ages 6-12 Multi-week, virtual class. Topic: Come Take a Ride in My Time Machine, Jan. 16, 23, 30 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Members $75, Non-Members $90 Registration required.

Studio on the Go: Drop-in Art Making Activity: Topic: Art Ventures 30th Anniversary Sunday, Jan. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. Free with admission.

Teachers' Virtual Lounge: Connect with Educators Tuesday, Jan. 26 @5 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Virtual School Tours: Check online for details, Sponsored by Community First Credit Union.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
   829 Riverside Avenue
   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857
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