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Gainesville Adopts Plan to Form Arts Council, Improve Website

By on July 21st, 2015 | Last updated: July 21, 2015 at 4:57 pm

The Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department adopted its 352ArtsRoadmap Cultural Plan on Thursday. The 10-year plan aims to enhance and promote the city’s arts community through an arts council and website.

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Younger Generations Revive Vinyl Business For Local Record Stores

By on July 2nd, 2015 | Last updated: July 2, 2015 at 12:22 pm

The vinyl records market has been revived. Business at local record stores has followed an upward trend with the resurgence of a younger audience.

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Gainesville Punk Scene Provides Creative Outlet Beyond Traditional Norms

By on June 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: June 24, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Women are entering the Gainesville punk subculture as an alternative to the mainstream norm. According to Rose Vastola, lead singer of UV-TV, Gainesville welcomes creativity regardless of gender.

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Vine Makes Celebrity Out Of Local Actor

By on May 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: May 22, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Gainesville resident Thomas Sanders has produced about 800 Vine videos and amassed an army of 5.8 million followers on the social app. Despite this new-found fame, Sanders is still an active member of the local community.

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Hippodrome Theatre Receiving Grant

By on May 18th, 2015 | Last updated: May 19, 2015 at 3:25 pm

The Hippodrome Theatre is receiving a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The grant will be used toward the production and creation of the community-centered work “The Hidden Sayings”.

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Gainesville Community Reacts To The Loss Of A King

By on May 15th, 2015 | Last updated: May 15, 2015 at 6:01 pm

Blues legend B.B. King died at the age of 89 on Thursday. King has performed at the Cotton Club and the Phillips Center in Gainesville.

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Youth, Napster, And A Little Green Worm: Q&A With The Relationship’s Brian Bell and Jon LaRue

By on May 6th, 2015 | Last updated: May 8, 2015 at 12:27 am

Weezer guitarist Brian Bell and his band the Relationship stop in Gainesville Thursday May, 7. WUFT caught up with Bell and bassist Jon LaRue to talk about their new album and upcoming show.

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Smaller Communities Attracting Young Artists Away From Big City Scenes

By on April 27th, 2015 | Last updated: April 27, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Some young artists are choosing lesser known locals over popular art hubs. Though many art students continue to follow the dream of making it big in Miami or New York, smaller cities like Gainesville may offer more freedom for less pressure.

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Gainesville Locals Win $15,000 To Start Music Education Program

By on April 21st, 2015 | Last updated: April 21, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Local bands Flat Land and Bells and Robes and event company Phairground won $15,000 for music projects at the One Spark festival in Jacksonville. The group founded Future Music Makers Youth Enrichment Program, a project aimed at creating music programs in local schools.

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Club Closure A Blow To Local Flow Arts Community

By on April 21st, 2015 | Last updated: April 21, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Gainesville’s flow arts and electronic dance community respond to the closing of The Motor Room. The local club, which was best known for its dance nights, closed its doors after seven years.

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