Artists Decide Artists in LaVilla, Public Artwork Exhibition Celebrating African American Musicians from Jacksonville

Location: 905 W. Forsyth St, Jacksonville, Fl 32204

LaVilla birthed the music heritage of Jacksonville’s African People. The out of doors exhibition, Artists Decide Artists in LaVilla, celebrates that 120 years of musicians by means of portraits by up to date Jacksonville artists.

The celebration of the musicians and painters was initiated by Paul Sifton of 927 Events and Catering, on the different finish of the block. After boarding up the home windows for renovation of 905 Forsyth, he wished to do one thing colourful associated to the neighborhood. The Public Artwork Program of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and ArtRepublic curated the exhibition. Vystar and Bee Friends Farm contributed the funds for the artist charges.

🎵 Yungeen Ace (1988 – ), Hip Hop Singer/Poet, by Tatiana K

🎵 Paten Locke (1979-2019), Hip Hop Singer/Poet by Grace Bio

🎵  Jackie Moore (1946-2019), R&B Composer/Singer by Annelies Dykgraaf

🎵 Von Barlow (1943 – 2020), Jazz Drummer by Jennifer Veal

🎵 MaVynee Betsch (1935-2005), Opera Singer by Kevin Arthur

🎵  Ray Charles* (1930-2004), R&B Composer/Singer by Marsha Hatcher

🎵 Sam Jones (1924-1981), Jazz Bassist by Rio David

🎵  Blind Blake (1896-1934), Ragtime & Blues Singer by Jarett Walker

🎵  J. Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954), Operetta Composer/Singer by Krishna Achath

The Downtown Funding Authority owns the property and welcomes the conversion of the constructing into downtown’s first impartial grocery. The long run operators promise a grocery retailer with a function: enhance folks’s lives and well being. After renovation, the portraits will grace the inside of the grocery. The exhibition foretells the popularity of African American historical past in LaVilla by means of future developments corresponding to Elevate Ev’ry Voice and Sing park and historic markers on the Emerald Path.

* The entire musicians besides Ray Charles have been born and/or raised in Jacksonville. Ray Charles acquired his skilled begin on the @ritzjax.

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