“Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach – how you look at things . . . Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economical, then it is creative.” – Osho
The Art League of Jacksonville serves a vital role in fostering the growth and spirit of the arts in the regional community through offering a broad range of art centered educational programs. We promote interaction, collaboration, and exhibition opportunities for both professional artists and community members.
The Art League will continue to expand its offering in communities through out-of-school-time (OST) cultural arts activities. The Art League serves to enrich the arts through engagements and interaction, providing resources for primary and supplemental arts education. With county school budgets strained, a generation is left with few choices to attain proficient cultural arts education. We sit on the ACE committee (Arts in Community Education) and are working to cultivate our organization’s relationship with the county school systems in Duval and surrounding counties, as a qualified resource partner for OST activities. Community-wide arts education organizations, like the Art League, did not exist in the Jacksonville area prior to 2009. There were programs for children attending Title V schools, but nothing was available that offered visual arts to a whole community. Fostering arts education to the whole community has lead to the Art League to provide supplemental arts training for students’ education, and to regularly host portfolio preparation courses for primary and secondary educational institutions.
These programs are already bearing fruit, as in 2013 ALJ was directly responsible for moving more than a dozen students into specialized schools in primary and secondary education. The Art League has also provided homeschool arts educational programs for over three years. In addition, we continue to serve families within our community who look for arts programs for themselves, their parents, and their children. The Art League offers quality arts educational programming regardless of financial, racial, sexual, disability, or religious proclivity. We reach out to hospitals, rehabilitation centers and homes serving children who have fewer arts and cultural opportunities. We are looking to expand our reach to new populations within our region, and deepen our penetration into existing communities.