First Coast Cultural Center fall season filled with programs, classes and workshops


The First Coast Cultural Center kicks off its fall season with new programs to support the nonprofit, including arts and music programs for youth and adults, and classes for novice and professional students.

Matching grant

According to Donna Guzzo, president and CEO, the nonprofit recently received a matching grant of $ 40,000 from the Persbacker-Wyman Family Foundation Matching Gift Challenge for the centre’s Sound Connections music therapy program. Funds must be completed by November 1.

Diamond price

Fall Classes at the center offer virtual classes with master artist Ellen Diamond. Diamond’s classes are highly sought after by the local arts community, students, and others. She is a renowned and highly collected landscape artist who works in a contemporary impressionist and abstract style.

She resides in Jacksonville and runs her virtual classes exclusively with the First Coast Cultural Center.

Music lessons

The virtual private piano, violin and cello lessons with Sabrina Krisberg are also very popular with young and adult students of the center. Krisberg has been an instructor at the center for over eight years. She has been playing the cello for over 25 years and performs locally.

His student, Dr. Roya Rouhani of Jacksonville, benefited from membership in the center. Rouhani has performed at several events at the center, including gallery openings and fundraising events.

Rouhani plans to pursue his adult artistic and musical interests with painting classes and workshops.

“I have had a love and passion for the arts and music all my life, I grew up as a child playing the piano, but my dream has always been to play the cello, because I felt drawn to it. beautiful sound, ”said Rouhani. “I started taking lessons with Sabrina about five years ago, from the start when I couldn’t even hold the cello or the bow. Sabrina understands these challenges and helps make the learning process fun and non-intimidating. She is an amazing teacher, flexible in her schedule and teaching style depending on what works best for the student, and she understands the difference in approach to teaching adults and children. .

Other highlights

Additional classes and workshops this fall include “Classical Oil Painting of Still Life” with Marisela Quiros; “Animals and Acrylics” with Nikole Cooney; “Basics of watercolor” with Teresa Cook; “Arts + Medicine: Group Art Clinic, Animal Sculpture in Paper Clay and Epoxy Clay” with Nikole Cooney; “Technical Workshop of the Master in Water and Sky” with David Dunlop; “In Nature’s Garden Workshop” with master artist David Dunlop; artist conference with master artist David Dunlop; “Flowers, cacti and plants workshop” with Teresa Cook; “Total sculpture in clay” with Peter Rubino; “Christmas Card Watercolor Workshop” with Teresa Cook; virtual private singing lessons with Stephanie Bennie; virtual private piano lessons with Stephanie Bennie; and a variety of resin classes, workshops and events.

The First Coast Cultural Center also offers a community studio and practice space for participants who need to bring supplies and equipment into the open studio.

Individual, Family, Artist and Patron memberships are required for registration and program policy review.

For more information on programs, workshops, costs, dates and times, call Jill Titcomb at 904-280-0614, ext. 1206, or go to

Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, with appointments outside of opening hours.

The First Coast Cultural Center is located at 3972 3rd St. South, Jacksonville Beach.


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