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The Ritz Theatre and Museum Partners with Jacksonville Sister Cities Association

July 17, 2017 4:20 pm


(Jacksonville, FL – July 17, 2017) SMG Jacksonville and the Ritz Theatre and Museum are excited to partner with Jacksonville Sister Cities Association (JSCA), the City of Jacksonville and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, South Africa on multiple upcoming events over the next year as JSCA celebrates 50 years. Jacksonville and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality have been Sister Cities since 2000.

July 18 is Nelson Mandela International Day. Nelson Mandela International Day urges communities to give 67 minutes of public service on July 18 to honor Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of service to humanity. Alongside the Jacksonville Sister Cities Association (JSCA) Nelson Mandela Youth Ambassadors, SMG Jacksonville will be volunteering time and resources to local seniors in our communities.
The Ritz Theatre and Museum is proud to announce the artists of the 2018 Through Our Eyes exhibit, which will open in February 2018. The Through Our Eyes exhibit is poised to anchor an exciting cultural milestone by working to share local artistic voices on an international scale. This year’s theme is “Journey to South Africa: A Cultural Exchange”, a collaboration with Jacksonville African American artists and artists from Sister City Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, addressing the subject of Struggle and Resistance. The Northeast Florida artists chosen for the 2018 Through Our Eye exhibit are as follows:

Rhonda Bristol
Christopher Clark
Overstreet Ducasse
Annelies Dykgraaf
Dania Frink
Jovita Harper
Marsha Hatcher
Etta Haygood
Melody Jackson
Della Jones
Jamal Jones
Erin Kendrick
Alisha Lewis
Maria Mack
Ingrid Mathurin
Gil Mayers
Traci Mims
Ahyanna Nakia
Lemuel Patterson
Suzanne Pickett
Adrian Rhodes
Pablo Riveria
Richlin Ryan
Weldon Ryan
Donna Rash-Sawyer
Christa Sylla
Roosevelt Watson III
Marcus Williams

Launching this journey in 2017, participating artists will embark on a year-long project to explore artistic creativity through historic and contemporary issues of Struggle and Resistance in both cultures as the theme for all the created pieces, culminating with an exhibition at the Ritz in February 2018. Organizers will present new work by emerging African American artists in the Ritz Museum gallery as part of an exhilarating season of public programs, performances, workshops and other theme related experiences embracing an ever-expanding and engaged audience. Selected works from the Jacksonville exhibition will travel to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. In return, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will send artwork scheduled to be displayed February 2019 at the Ritz Theatre and Museum to complete the cultural exchange.
This special way of sharing an art exhibition provides visitors with a unique opportunity to explore all of the artists’ responses in a highly diverse environment of paintings, sculptures, photography, video, poetry and other modes of creative expression. Both communities, Jacksonville and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, will benefit greatly from interacting with art in a way that has both local and global perspectives. The traveling exhibit will also create dialogue between two distant, yet similar cultures as artists explore ideas and formats that best communicate the spirit of the theme.

Please stay tuned for more information on these upcoming exhibits!