June 11, 2021

This year's inaugural St Johns Cultural Council Haiku Contest was a smashing success with over one hundred individual entries and over four hundred poems. Competition was close and it was very difficult to select just a few from among them. Everyone was a winner who took the time and effort to create and submit their haiku. 

Category One: Adult (ages 18 and older)

First Place                  

Barrie Levine


Beach day

the sky writer's message 

May 28, 2021

The St. Johns County Cultural Council congratulates the winners of our St. Johns County 200th Anniversary Photography Contest!  More than 800 beautiful photographs were submitted, making it very difficult to select just five finalists for each of the County’s five commission districts. Photographs by the following artists will be displayed during the 200th Anniversary Exhibition, which opens July 19, 2021 at the County Administration Building:

District One:  Julie Abella, Terry Bottom, Walter Coker, Mark Krancer, and John Merriam

May 21, 2021

The St. Johns Cultural Council is pleased to announce the winners of its first Haiku Contest, conducted during a month-long celebration of National Poetry Month.  More than 100 individuals submitted over 400 haiku which were thoughtfully evaluated by two talented local authors, Michael Henry Lee and Antoinette Libro, who advised that “Competition was close and it was very difficult to select just a few from among them. Everyone was a winner who took the time and effort to create and submit their haiku.” 

May 13, 2021

The St. Johns Cultural Council has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support an expansion of the Council’s existing Art in Public Places Program. This grant will provide seed money for new public art projects throughout St. Johns County, and will help to fund an online directory of existing art in public spaces to increase access to visual arts by residents of, and visitors to, the County. A portion of the grant will support the St.

May 12, 2021



Important Tourist Development Council Grant Updates



The 2021-2022 St. Johns County Tourist Development Council Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Program – which funds programming occurring between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022 - includes significant changes.  

May 5, 2021

During May, for National Historic Preservation Month, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation is partnering with the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor Council, the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, and the St. Johns Cultural Council to produce a month of engaging activities that will bring people to St. Augustine in person and virtually. An online auction will be the premier donation-raising event.

April 30, 2021

Opening Reception Tuesday, May 4th at 8:30 am

The St. Johns Cultural Council announces the opening of Experience and Expression, an exhibition of art created by members of St. Johns County’s foster care community, at 8:30 am on Tuesday, May 4th at the St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, Florida.  The public is invited to the opening reception and the exhibition will remain open to the public, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, until July 5, 2021.

March 24, 2021

Ends on April 30, 2021 
What is a Haiku?

A haiku is a type of short form poetry originated in Japan.  These poems traditionally contain 17 total syllables in three lines. Line one is 5 syllables, line two is 7 syllables, and line three is 5 syllables.  However, this contest does not require that authors strictly follow the traditional form.  We do recommend that any poem submitted contain less than 20 syllables with a short / long / short arrangement.

March 23, 2021

Enjoy free events and activities as the St. Johns Cultural Council and Ancient City Poets collaborate with local arts organizations to celebrate Poetry Month in St. Johns County.  This programming is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Friday, April 2:  National Poetry Month at First Friday Art Walk 
Art Studio of Saint Augustine Beach, Cultural Arts Center, St. Johns County Pier 
5 pm to 8 pm

March 5, 2021

Applications open on March 8, 2021 and close on April 30, 2021 
Selections announced on or before May 17, 2021

Apply Here