Partners In Arts
The school’s Episcopal & Jacksonville: Partners in Arts cultural initiative was created in 2018 to further foster connection with and support of local artists and art organizations in Jacksonville. Conscious, coordinated efforts are made to increase collaboration between the school and local artists, galleries, and companies, and to produce high-quality performances and exhibitions that generate educational and cultural connections.
ESJ aims to be an effective resource for art making, cultural advancement, and community engagement. Episcopal endeavors to raise the profile of our great city as a place where the arts are alive and thriving. These partnerships and related events tangibly demonstrate to ESJ student artists that they can indeed pursue their passions after graduating as many artists in Jacksonville are actively doing.
The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
The Cummer and Episcopal have many shared goals as institutions dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the Jacksonville community. This year the partnership was set to culminate in a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the gardens, a project entitled Midsummer at the Cummer. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, this pinnacle of our partnership was cancelled; however, a similar event is planned for the future and the school is committed to continued collaboration with the Cummer Museum in the years to come.
Jacksonville Dance Theatre (JDT)
JDT and Episcopal already have a longstanding relationship that dates back to the inception of JDT. The organizations share faculty, technical staff, and space. In early September 2018 JDT shared Episcopal's Munnerlyn Center stage with The Nancy Evans Dance Theatre from Los Angeles and ESJ senior dancers. Episcopal students have benefited for years from the dancers and choreographers that JDT has offered.
Barbara Colaciello of Babs’Lab
Barbara Colaciello, owner of Babs’Lab -- part of the CoRK Arts District in Jacksonville -- guest directed "Chalk," performed by Episcopal students, a piece of storytelling that she collaborated with renown performer Al Letson to create. "Chalk" utilizes the genre of slam poetry to wrestle with the topic of bullying.
Indigo Art Therapy
Indigo is a licensed art therapy organization that works with autistic children as well as others who struggle with all forms of mental illness, anxiety, and depression. ESJ’s National Art Honor Society students worked with Indigo Art Therapy Studio to educate the ESJ community on the benefits of art therapy. Indigo facilitated a workshop with NAHS students and spoke at the group's fall Coffee House event on September 28, 2018. The team at Indigo Art Therapy also prepared ESJ students to lead art groups with their peers on campus so that all could benefit from creating art to decrease anxiety while building supportive communities.