In 2004, a group of artists, art administrators, teachers and business people came together to discuss the state of the arts within underserved communities in Jacksonville, FL. Particularly, we discussed the lack of representation of African-American artists and the lack of art resources within these communities. Our group became the Jacksonville Consortium of African American Artists, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.
In 2015 we have restructured as the Jacksonville Cultural Development Corporation. Our primary objectives are to foster economic empowerment, cultural diversity and awareness, and to build bridges within the community through creative arts education with the ultimate aim of improving the quality of life for communities worldwide.
For over a decade, our artists, designers, partners and friends have devoted our most valuable resources, time and talent, to improving the arts and to cultural development. We have committed ourselves to art exhibits, gallery talks, art classes for children and adults, theatrical performances, workshops for artists and neighborhood beautification projects. We continue to work diligently on our objectives and are revitalizing our efforts to increase impact and build bridges within the community.