100 Youth Voices –
Musical Theatre Program
100 Youth Voices is an after school music education and performing arts program that works to create a positive and safe learning and social environment for youth ages 5-21. Participating students are given the opportunity to showcase their talents in public performances and obtain positive and constructive feedback for future development. The musical theatre program covers a variety of music from Broadway and classical to gospel and original music created by the participants, allowing them to fully express their artistic potential.
The program features arts education, public appearances, choir performances and a full-scale musical production each 10-month season. In addition to an arts education, students also develop life skills including improved communication, cooperation and team building. Over the past years, the 100 Youth Voices has received support from Florida Blue, Jaguars Foundation, Delores Barr Weaver Fund, Walmart, and Sam's Club.
Images from Shrek Jr., The Lion King Jr., Sister Act Jr., and Annie Jr.
High School musical
Performing Arts Literacy (PAL) Initiative
PAL provides arts educational enrichment for children ages K-2nd grade, providing early learning opportunities in literacy through the Arts. The Alphabet, reading, numbers and counting are incorporated through performance skits and scripts that allow early learners to explore learning through the Arts.
Annual Aurora Jacksonville Black Arts Festival
The Aurora Jacksonville Black Arts Festival was designed to make arts programming more accessible for the City of Jacksonville and to provide opportunity and exposure to the Arts for underserved communities. The festival provides a weekend of arts events that the whole family can enjoy including productions, performances, children’s programming and humanities presentations at affordable prices. Past festival headliners include Dr. T‘Keyah Crystal Keymah, Ella Joyce (A Rose Among Thorns), Tony Award Winner Melba Moore, Spoken Word Artist Daniel Beaty and Humanities Scholar Bob Devin Jones.
Aurora Lecture Series
The Aurora Lecture Series was created to showcase the relevancy between humanities and the arts. Sponsored in part by the Florida Humanities Council, the Aurora Lecture Series bring in four humanities scholars each season to present lectures related to current Mainstage Productions, driving thoughtful discussion about a production and its history and impact on the community. These lectures are free and open to the public.
Performing Arts Summer Institute/ JACKSONVILLE JOURNEy
Youth of all backgrounds are invited to take part in our Performing Arts Summer Institute, an 8-week performing arts camp designed to introduce youth to music, song and dance. The Institute provides participants with basic instruction in theatre, dance and music, culminating in A NIGHT OF ENTERTAINMENT presented and performed by camp participants at the end of the summer. The summer camp is sponsored in part by the Jacksonville Children’s Commission/ Jacksonville Journey.