Green Cove Springs Celebrates Black History Month with a Fine Arts Program and Cultural Festival in Honor of Augusta Savage

Jan. 31, 2019, Green Cove Springs, FL – Green Cove Springs is celebrating Black History Month with events happening throughout the whole month of February, including launching The Augusta Savage Community Fine Arts Program and the annual Augusta Savage Cultural Festival. Friends of Augusta Savage, Inc., through collaboration with local churches, Green Cove Springs Library, and the community, will be hosting events every weekend.

The month kicks off with a trip to The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens to tour “Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman” exhibit on Saturday, Feb. 2. The community is invited to join the youth of African Baptist Church in Green Cove Springs at the museum at 10:30 a.m. The tour will last an hour and a half.

At 6 p.m. that same day Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, 549 Palmetto Ave., Green Cove Springs, hosts the musical “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Church choirs from across Clay County and Jacksonville gather to celebrate African American heritage through song, including: New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, First African Missionary Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, and The Lord’s Church Ministries in Jacksonville.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, Green Cove Springs Library hosts the first annual Celebration of Augusta Fells Savage from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the library. This program is open to children ages 5-12 to learn about the life and legacy of Augusta Savage, with readings by Clay County Commissioner Mike Cella and Green Cove Springs Mayor Connie Butler followed by making small clay sculptures.

Saturday’s event also kicks off The Augusta Savage Community Fine Arts Program, a series of one-day workshops open to children ages 5-12 and parents to learn from master artists with hands-on activities. Each workshop—held on the second Tuesday and Saturday of each month—focuses on a different artist, with participants creating their own art using that artist’s technique. Workshops will continue from March to May.  

Green Cove Springs Junior High School, 1220 Bonaventure Ave., hosts the Black History Program “Black History is American History” at 6 p.m. on February 16.

The month of celebration ends with the Augusta Savage Cultural Festival, co-sponsored by the City of Green Cove Springs. The festival runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Spring Park in Green Cove Springs. Activities throughout the day include a demonstration of West African culture by Kreative Kids and Beyond, Inc, a non-profit organization bringing awareness of the cultural arts, The Afri-Touch Fashion Show, a local artist marketplace, food vendors, and arts and crafts for children. The festival also features music performances by U.S. Navy Jazz Combo, Clay High Drum Line, Heart’s Desire, and Accoustic Visions.

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