Friday, April 2, 2021

Remembering Passover today

It is Good Friday 2021, during a pandemic, and I have another chance to reminisce of the events that Jesus endured over 2000 years ago. Why was it called “Good”? I guess, to fulfill the outcome of Jesus’ suffering & dying (as prophesied in the Old Testament); but the good news is that He rose again and is alive in us today.

After spending 12 years in Catholic School, I realize that I learned of Christ then, but now, I really know Him. Rituals are also different than they were years ago. There is not as much kneeling, but one still gets their exercise from standing and sitting repeatedly.

The service at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church was an hour and twenty minutes of time well spent in worship. There was also a dramatization from actors giving an account of each station as seen from the eyes of those that might have been a witness during Christs’ time. The programs that were offered, assisted those who were following along.

There are several denominations that display the Stations of the Cross and they are: Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist and Roman Catholic. Since we are coming through COVID-19, most churches are still having everyone wear a mask & keep socially distant.

Stations of the Cross, also called Way of the Cross, is a series of 14 pictures or carvings portraying events in the Passion of Christ, from his condemnation by Pontius Pilate to his entombment.
The series of stations is as follows: (1) Jesus is condemned to death, (2) He is made to bear his cross, (3) He falls the first time, (4) He meets his mother, (5) Simon of Cyrene is made to bear the cross, (6) Veronica wipes Jesus’ face, (7) He falls the second time, (8) the women of Jerusalem weep over Jesus, (9) He falls the third time, (10) He is stripped of his garments, (11) He is nailed to the cross, (12) He dies on the cross, (13) He is taken down from the cross, and (14) He is placed in the sepulcher.
The images are usually mounted on the inside walls of a church or chapel.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens is ready for April

Spring is finally in the air and it’s time to go to the Cummer for a safe cultural experience. This month the museum will present exciting inhouse activities and some educational informative online events. Get your tickets and get in on the action.

Events & Programs:
Yoga in the Cummer Gardens:
Thursday, April 8 @10 a.m. Enjoy a gentle, mindful yoga hour.
Members $10 | Non-Members $15. Registration required.

LiterARTure: Holocaust Remembrance, Stolen Yet Found: Wednesday, April 21 @
7 p.m. | Virtual Lecture - LiterARTure is both a virtual book and art club. Cindy Edelman, art lecturer, and Stacey Goldring, author, offer prescriptive solace and refuge within the pages of books and painted artworks. Free | Registration required.

Mobile Photography Studio in the Gardens: Saturday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Inspired by Zanele Muholi’s mobile studio concept, participants can use Museum-provided polaroid cameras to create their own self-portrait. Free | Registration required.

Culture & Conversation: with Kimberly Jenkins: Thursday, April 29 @7 p.m. | Virtual Lecture. Lecturer, researcher and fashion consultant who specializes in the sociocultural and historical influences behind why we wear what we wear. Free | Registration required.

Friday Night Picnics: Friday nights in April from 5 to 9 p.m. Prices vary | Registration required.

Acrylic Painting: with Allison Watson -
April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12 Six week class | 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Members $270 | Non-Members $360. Registration required.

Basic Drawing: with William McMahan: April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13. Six-week class | 1 to 4 p.m. Members $270 | Non-Members $360. Registration required.

Slow Art Wednesdays: Wednesday, April 14 & Wednesday, April 28. Take a fun and mindful break. Second and Fourth Wednesdays. Topics vary | Virtual Lectures from 12 to 1 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Make & Take Tuesday: Tuesday, April 13. Clay: Explore the fluidity of creating with clay.  Tuesday, April 20. Print: Sketch an original idea and create a printing plate. In the studio | Ages 12 and up from 5 to 7 p.m. Members $45 | Non-Members $60. Registration required.

Family Experience: Interactive Virtual Tour: Friday, April 16 @6 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Studio on the Go: Drop-in Art Making Activity: Sunday, April 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Free with admission.

Teachers' Virtual Lounge: Connect with Educators: Tuesday, April 27 @5 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Summer Art Camp: Calling all young artists! Check online for details.

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

JAX theatres abiding by CDC/COVID-19 guidelines

This information was received from the Florida Theatre, and this writer is not responsible for any venues that may have been omitted.

The cultural organizations of Jacksonville, joined by the unions representing stagehands and musicians in Northeast Florida, announce that they will maintain their COVID-19 protocols for the time being.

We thank Mayor Curry and the City of Jacksonville for their leadership on public health and relief funding, which made a limited return to business possible for the cultural community.

We recognize that we have a duty of care to those who enter our institutions, and participate in our programs. Continuing our COVID-19 protocols is necessary at this time to protect the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, artists, and audience members.

The COVID-19 protocols of each organization may vary, but they contain common elements such as temperature checks, requiring masks, and social distancing measures. The public is encouraged to contact each individual institution for specific measures that are in place at that organization.

Each organization will continue assessing its protocols based on local data and the CDC guidelines, and we all look forward to the day when we can enjoy the arts and entertainment again without restrictions.

American Federation of Musicians Local 444, Beaches Fine Arts, Beaches Museum, Cathedral Arts Project, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Don’t Miss a Beat, Florida Ballet, Florida Theatre, Friday Musicale, FSCJ Artist Series – Broadway in Jacksonville, Hope at Hand, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 115, Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, Jacksonville Dance Theatre, Jacksonville Historical Society, Jacksonville Symphony, Mandarin Museum and Historical Society, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Science and History, Players by the Sea, Riverside Arts Market, Springfield Preservation and Revitalization, The Art Center Cooperative, Theatre Jacksonville & WJCT Public Media.

To read more about The Florida Theatre’s COVID-19 health and safety measures, visit HERE. The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. For a complete list of upcoming events or to buy tickets visit the Theatre's official website.