The St. Johns County Cultural Council has been promoting the county as a premiere arts destination through the enrichment of arts and culture for the last 16 years. The Cultural Council is able to help fund art and culture activities through mini grants. This year the St. Johns County Cultural Council has selected Compassionate St. Augustine for a $500 State of the Arts grant for Compassion Through the Eyes of Children 3. This is a continuing version of Compassionate St. Augustine’s award-winning children’s program that will take place at the St. Johns County Youth Academy, a residential facility for boys 14-18 who are required to stay in the care of the Department of Juvenile Justice for an extended time.
The grant will be awarded at a ceremony to be held tonight Monday, May 16 at 6pm at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum located at 48 Sevilla Street.
Friday evening, May 13, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation presented an award for Outstanding Recognition in Preservation Education/Media to Compassionate St. Augustine for the Obelisk Art 450 Tour of Compassion public art project and Compassion Through the Eyes of Children. Jenny Wolfe, the City of St. Augustine’s Historic Preservation and Special Projects Planner, accepted the award on behalf of nonprofit Compassionate St. Augustine.
The award, given by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation to the Obelisk Art 450 Tour of Compassion and Compassion Through the Eyes of Children, recognizes outstanding heritage education programs, including books, brochures, curriculum, DVDs, websites, interactive media and other publications that deal with historic preservation or local history.
“Receiving recognition like this from our local cultural agency and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation is incredibly meaningful to an organization like Compassionate St. Augustine,” said vice president of the nonprofit Ann Roark, “we are made up of passionate volunteers, and this confirms we are moving forward in the right direction — we are truly honored.”
Obelisk Art 450 began as a commemoration of the founding of St. Augustine, Florida and grew to become a meaningful citywide celebration of culture, artists, the golden rule and historic remembrance around the values of democracy, freedom, human rights and compassion.
The mission of Compassionate St. Augustine is to inspire, influence and grow a culture of compassion through awareness, advocacy and action.