Cultural Center to present leaders in art and performance at the link launch


The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach will commemorate the formal arts opening launch of the link from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 15.

The link, located at 425 Town Plaza Ave. in Nocatee, is designed for adults and children to learn-play-think-do and participate in activities that follow a wide variety of art and education themes.

In March, Raghu Misra, the link’s founder and innovator, and Donna Guzzo, Cultural Center president and executive director, announced their collaboration to create imaginative and cultural events for children, adults and families at the new, technologically advanced building designed to service startups, small businesses, individuals and their families.

“Our goal is to create a place for innovation and the arts, and to showcase a myriad of activities,” said Guzzo. “On July 15, we’ve scheduled family-friendly events to appeal to an extensive variety of interests.”

Throughout the link building, a full day of activities will feature Cultural Center members and staff with poetry readings, artists painting and displaying their work with live demonstrations, ballet dancers and opera singers in performance. The Mi Son Salsa band will perform, as will musicians from a variety of music genres. There will also be fashion shows, speakers, exhibits, displays and more.

Additionally, the Cultural Center will produce ongoing exhibitions at the link with local, regional, national and international artists, events, art classes, lectures, workshops and children’s programming to include summer and winter camps, after-school programs and adult programming among the many opportunities to bring artistic life to the region.

Guzzo said, “The link is paving the way for a partnership that is visionary. There is a natural fit between both our organizations as we want to nurture creativity and originality.”

Here’s the day’s schedule:

PAM JAM, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sharon Scholl and Zena Grover, 10 a.m.

Tesi Wong & Midge Scelzo, 10:05 a.m.

Carolee Bertisch and Ellen Diamond, 11 a.m.

Carol Folsom and Marla Kanehl, 11:05 a.m.

Susan Calfee and Marlene Scheer, noon.

Loretta Leto (reading Anne Starling poem) and Sharon Warner, 12:05 p.m. 

Visual arts live demo by Marisa Yow, teacher, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Violin by Peter Goricki, student, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

From 2 to 4 p.m.:

PAM poets at top of the hour for 10 min.

Ellen Diamond in the immersion room (Tuscany 360-degree video) visual arts live demo, teacher

Regina Torres, opera singer to accompany Ellen Diamond, 1-2 p.m.

Anna Washington, visual arts live demo of pet portraits

Todd and Theresa Rykaczewsky, artistic directors, Word Revolt Gallery (Robot Intro and Ballet Talk)

Roberto Forleo, The Florida Ballet performance

Luis Abella, St. Augustine Ballet performance

From 6 to 8 p.m.:

Ruth Van Alstine, North Florida Poetry Hub – 10 min. top of the hour; poetry and table set up with poetry writings available to attendees.

Ellen Diamond, Susanne Schuenke, Enrique Mora, Theresa Rykaczewsky and Eloy Castroverde with artists talks.

Maura Delgado, saxophone performance

Sabrina Krisberg, cello performance

From 8 to 10 p.m.:

Mi Son Salsa live band

Dr. Arun Gulani, Gulani Vision Institute and fashion designs on the runway in collaboration with the Cultural Center

Avid Smith, guitarist (Indian sitar), Academy of Music and Art performance

Lindsey and Loreal Liske, Academy of Music and Art performance

For further information, contact Callie Johnson, Cultural Center community connections manager at 904-280-0614 ext. 1202 or email

For further information about Cultural Center memberships, classes, programs and services, go to

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is located at 3972 3rd St. South in Jacksonville Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with after hour appointments available.


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