Gainesville to host Art & Culture Jamboree

The city of Gainesville will host its Arts & Culture Jamboree on Saturday in Depot Park.
The city of Gainesville will host its Arts & Culture Jamboree on Saturday in Depot Park.
Courtesy city of Gainesville

The city of Gainesville, along with community partners, will be hosting an Art & Culture Jamboree that will feature nationally recognized recording artists, music, dance and an art walk.  

The event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Depot Park (874 SE 4th St.).  

Actress Dawnn Lewis, who starred in the 80’s sitcom “A Different World” among other film, Broadway and television credits, will serve as celebrity host along with America’s Got Talent vocalist Christian Guardino, producer of “Amateur Night at the Apollo” Marion J. Caffey and saxophonist Austin Paul, Jr.  

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The event also features performances from United for Change Community Choir.  

The event is a part of One Nation One Project, a national wellness initiative designed to feature the role of arts in community well-being and resilience.  

“Our specific focus is to help our local communities that have been affected by gun violence,” said Caffey, who also serves as artistic director for One Nation One Project GNV, in a press release.  

In April 2022, the National League of Cities (NLC) selected Gainesville as one of nine initial U.S. sites to participate in the wellness initiative. 

“One Nation One Project GNV is more than a collaborative effort of local artists, educators and innovators,” said Gainesville City Commissioner Desmon Duncan-Walker. “It’s an investment in our youth and in the future of our community through the transformative power of the arts.” 

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