As Downtown Vision monitors the rapidly evolving situation with Coronavirus, we want to ensure our business owners, residents, students, and visitors are informed about the ways in which this is affecting the DTJax community.
Check back here regularly for more information and updates. We appreciate your continued support. Stay safe!
Information from the City:
For the most up to date information from the City of Jacksonville, visit jaxready.com/virus
Our Arts, Culture and Entertainment sector has new offerings to accommodate our homebound state. Show them some love and honor their hard work by enjoying live performances, virtual museum experiences (#MuseumFromHome), fun at-home activities and more!
WJCT launched a new multi-platform of services to gather and connect music lovers throughout Jacksonville, Northeast Florida and beyond. The Jacksonville Music Experience has been months in the making, representing WJCT’s pre-existing music services and new streaming services, a new podcast series, Music Thursdays and Facebook livestream with musicians.
Sean McCarthy Band
Madison Grace “TheDirt Road Angel”
The Florida Theatre will be doing a weekly virtual show, the RedCarpet Reading! Follow their facebook page and tune in every Tuesday you’ll be introduced to a local book lover who will share their favorite story with you. Check out the first Red Carpet Reading by Ben Stone as he shares his favorite book: “Halloween” by Jerry Seinfeld.
Red Carpet Reading by Ben Stone
Florida Theatre Virtual Tour with Michelle Adams
Visit the Museum of Science and History‘s bilingual online exhibit: Science Behind the News: Viruses. Organized by the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), learn about COVID-19 from the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC).
Launched April 1, check out MOSH Connect, a digital endeavor bringing engaging educational museum experiences to your home. It features video content, step-by-step at-home science and history lessons, and live interactive sessions with MOSH Educators. Create an arachnid headband, a DIY roller coaster track or even biodegradable plastic. Watch turtle feedings with Tonca, an alligator snapping turtle, and learn about MOSH’s owls Oscar and Susie. Stay up to date on new content releases by following @MOSHJax on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
MOSH History with a Twist: Trailer!
History with a Twist is a new blog series exploring history highlights unique to Greater Jacksonville. Each episode will include a history-inspired recipe roundup for you to experiment with on your own. Please join us for this virtual program as we celebrate Jacksonville, regional history and everything in-between. Tune in every Thursday at 6pm on MOSH’s Facebook page.
The Jacksonville Symphony is live streaming concerts every Friday night at 8pm. Enjoy a virtual performance from the comfort of your home via their Facebook Page.
Museum of Contemporary Art has launched MOCA smART Online, a free virtual museum experience designed to bring MOCA to your home. Visitors can enjoy daily fresh content for all ages to enjoy like live-streaming artist interviews, gallery tours and fun activities to for the kids. Speaking of, check out the new Art Aviators art activity featuring vegetable stamping!
Enjoy a rich collection in the MOCA video gallery, like the Project Atrium: Evan Roth video below. And be on the lookout for a live stream production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by the University of North Florida Shakespeare in the Park!
Tune in to 1904 Music Hall‘s Socially Distant Concert Series via their Facebook page. If you’re able, they’ll also be taking donations for both the venue and the bands. This week’s performances includes:
Grab a cocktail and join The 5 & Dime Theatre Co. on Facebook Live at 5 p.m. for a Virtual Happy Hour! Artistic Manager Lee Hamby will be boozing and chatting it up with a different guest on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
In case you missed the April 20th Happy Hour with Ross Frontz…
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville encourages all Jacksonvillians to engage, connect and support our arts community by joining two Facebook pages. ARTconnectsJAX is an open forum to share all forms of artistic expression, new works in any medium and virtual exhibits (tell your artist friends!). JAX ARTS is run by WJCT as a virtual gathering place for Northeast Florida’s arts and culture community. This includes local favorites like MOCA, The Florida Theatre, The Florida Ballet and more.
Join The Cummer Museum for an audio lecture on Ninah Cummer and her lasting impact on our beautiful city. The lecture presented by Holly Keris, the museum’s Chief Curator. Listen to the lecture here. Follow The Cummer Museum on Facebook or Instagram to stay updated for future virtual lectures.
The Eclectic Ecology Gallery is now available for a virtual tour! Explore how Florida and man coexist – whether in harmony or imbalance – through works of art. Our favorite quote from the tour is:
“My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s just the law” (Jerry Seinfeld). – Eclectic Ecology Gallery
Now go on the tour and see which artwork this quote went with!
Jacksonvillians! Go Tuk’n created “Photo Race” Scavenger Hunt Kits complete with prizes, goodies and everything you need for the challenges enclosed. #SupportLocal and make lasting memories by purchasing your kit here.
Riverside Arts Market is partnering up with local musicians to bring the performance to you! RAM will be streaming live performances on Facebook. Viewers can make donations via Go Fund Me and all proceeds will directly benefit the musicians.
April 24th livestream with Swing Bone!
April 16th livestream with the 77d’s !
Experience #JaxFromHome with Visit Jacksonville‘s Virtual Experience Hub. This resource includes immersive 360 videos, attraction videos (like an elephant feeding at the Jacksonville Zoo!), live camera feeds, virtual reality library and #OnlyinJax printable activities! And if that’s not enough, follow their Facebook page for cool watch parties like Chef Matthew Medure’s simple pasta dish video this morning. Yum!
The latest from Visit Jax!
Additional information on the impacts of COVID-19 on DTJax can be found here:
COVID-19: #DTJax Business Updates
COVID-19: #DTJax Resources for Small Business
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